In Memoriam: B. Jaye Anno, PhD, CCHP-A

Posted Nov 5, 2015

B. Jaye Anno

A pioneer and preeminent leader in the correctional health care field has died. B. Jaye Anno, PhD, CCHP-A, 69, passed away Nov. 3 in Santa Fe, NM, where she had lived. A founder of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Dr. Anno was one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on health care delivery systems in jails and prisons and a tireless advocate for improvement in these systems.

Over her 46-year career, most of them in correctional health care, Dr. Anno amassed an extensive body of work and well-deserved accolades. Her career began with a two-year stint as a parole officer in New Jersey. She then turned her sharp intellect to research while she earned a master’s degree in criminal justice. During this same period, in 1972, she began consulting for the American Medical Association as it embarked on the jail health care project that would evolve into the National Commission. Along with Bernard P. Harrison, JD, then a vice president at the AMA, she helped to establish minimum standards for health care delivery in jails and a related accreditation program. In 1979, Dr. Anno officially joined the AMA as director of the department of correctional activities. In 1981, she earned a doctorate in criminology.

The jail program separated from the AMA in 1982 and a year later became the independent National Commission on Correctional Health Care, cofounded by Mr. Harrison and Dr. Anno, who served as vice president. After an 18-month departure to serve as assistant director for health services for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, she returned to NCCHC in 1986 and was its senior vice president until 1991, when she retired to establish an independent consultancy that was active until her death.

In 2003, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recognized Dr. Anno and Mr. Harrison by awarding them the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Personal Health Services for their leadership in promoting correctional health services through their work at the National Commission. In 1996, she received NCCHC’s highest honor, the Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit.

“Jaye was a true pioneer in the field of correctional health care,” says NCCHC president and CEO Thomas Joseph, MPS, CAE, CCHP. “During my tenure, Jaye provided me with a deep insight and understanding into the health care delivery systems for our nation’s jails and prisons. Jaye will be greatly missed by everyone who met her—she made an impact on all of us.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Anno was a prolific writer and educator who authored, coauthored or edited dozens of reports, articles, chapters and books, including the seminal Prison Health Care: Guidelines for the Management of an Adequate Delivery System. She was the editor of NCCHC’s Journal of Correctional Health Care for six years, and in 1999 received NCCHC’s Award of Excellence in Communication, which was later renamed in her honor. She was an instructor at the National Academy of Corrections in the 1990s and gave countless presentations on correctional health care topics at NCCHC and other conferences. Dr. Anno was among the first to earn the Certified Correctional Health Professional credential upon the program’s launch in 1990, and when the CCHP-Advanced credential was introduced in 1993, she achieved that, as well. She also served on numerous boards, committees and task forces.

But just as important as what she achieved was what she gave to the field. A towering figure in the correctional health care landscape, Dr. Anno was admired by her many colleagues and protégés as a consummate professional who was nurturing and generous with her time and wisdom.

“Jaye had an astute ability to examine situations with clarity, confidence and integrity,” says NCCHC board chair Jayne Russell, MEd, CCHP-A. “Her life was about educating and reaching out to others, which earned her the respect and admiration of all who knew her. She doggedly championed correctional health care, inspiring many and recruiting new members to the profession. We may never know the full impact of her work and service to us as professionals or to the lives of those incarcerated.”

Dr. Anno was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Harrison. Services were held Nov. 8 in Santa Fe. Donations in her honor may be sent to the Food Depot, 1222 Silver Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Send messages of condolence to, or sign the obituary guest book.