The NCCHC Foundation's mission is to champion the correctional health care field and serve the public by supporting research, professional education, scholarships, and patient reentry into the community.
For over 40 years, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has been at the forefront of leading dramatic improvements in patient care in corrections. Now, the NCCHC Foundation will accelerate the Commission’s work to meet the increasingly complex needs of today’s incarcerated populations.
Gifts enable the Foundation to:
• Support clinical research that identifies best practices and leads to better outcomes in correctional settings
• Gather, analyze, and disseminate data to support high quality correctional health care
• Encourage health care efficacy and efficiency through support for evidence-based medicine
• Mentor the next generation of correctional health professionals and support their continuing education needs
• Provide resources to incarcerated individuals on supporting their own health
There are 2.1 million incarcerated people in the United States. The incarcerated population at every level has always been less healthy than the general public. About 40% of all these individuals report at least one serious chronic medical condition. Almost one quarter of them, roughly 500,000 people, have a previously diagnosed mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety.
Top Two Goals of the NCCHC Foundation
Correctional health care is public health. Over 95% of incarcerated individuals will eventually return to their communities, and their health problems and needs will often continue. The communities to which these individuals return tend overwhelmingly to be low-income communities of color, and they often lack adequate health care resources. Corrections systems can play an important role in the health of the larger community. By reaching the incarcerated and the families and friends of those affected by the correctional system, health messages, interventions and care can be reinforced in the community.