National Conference Addresses Health Care Behind Bars

Posted Aug 18, 2015

National interest in the quality of health care in correctional institutions is gaining momentum as part of a larger conversation about incarceration in the United States. The National Commission on Correctional Health Care invites correctional health professionals, clinicians, administrators and others to explore the intersection between health, law and corrections at the 2015 National Conference on Correctional Health Care, October 17-21 in Dallas, TX.

Incarcerated populations – currently more than 2 million adults and juveniles – have a constitutional right to health care. They also tend to have complex, untreated health issues, such as disproportionately high rates of mental illness, HIV and hepatitis C. The provision of appropriate care provides a unique opportunity to impact public health, as well as legal and financial outcomes.

The National Conference on Correctional Health Care gathers correctional health experts and professionals from around the country to share their expertise, discuss common challenges, learn and problem solve. The conference features eight in-depth preconference seminars and more than 100 concurrent sessions, and offers up to 32 hours of continuing education credit. Hot topics to be discussed include suicide prevention; the Affordable Care Act; care for mentally ill, transgender, pregnant and elderly inmates; and the NCCHC health care standards, which help facilities use resources efficiently while improving quality of care. The exhibit hall features hundreds of products and services to support correctional health care.

All conference activities take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. For more information, visit