The Corrections Health System and Continuity of Care for Former Inmates
Steers, Penelope Ann
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There are nearly 2 million individuals incarcerated in the United States at any given point. The Corrections Health System provides care for inmates who are typically underserved when not incarcerated. Inmates have a unique culture and a high prevalence of specific health problems. Using the Multnomah County Correctional Health Department in Portland, Oregon as an example, this article provides an overview of the correctional health system, health care services available in the correctional system and the interface between health care in the correctional system and community based health care. The article also provides suggestions for improving the continuity of health care for people released from the correctional system. Knowledge of the Correctional Health System and disease prevalence among inmates will enhance the ability of the Advanced Practice Nurse to help these patients.