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THE HEALTH OF INCARCERATED WOMEN: AN ANALYSIS OF EXISTING CONDITIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS

Altman, Rebecca Joanne (2007) THE HEALTH OF INCARCERATED WOMEN: AN ANALYSIS OF EXISTING CONDITIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Women are the fastest growing segment of the correctional population in the United States. Most are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses and property crimes. These women are disproportionately of color and low socioeconomic status, and often have endured lives of abuse, chaotic personal relations, and homelessness. The prime health challenges facing this population are substance abuse, mental health issues, communicable diseases, and poor reproductive health outcomes. An analysis of current and proposed correctional health services demonstrates the service gap between actual and idealized care for these women. Specific program components are introduced for the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A broad-based women's health curriculum, peer education, and increased provision of women-specific correctional health services are all suggested future directives. This project is highly relevant to public health, as it not only addresses the health disparities that exist between the general and correctional populations, but also because it seeks to ameliorate these conditions though a multifaceted health intervention.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Altman, Rebecca Joannewpafc@nnaf.org
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberFeingold, Eleanorfeingold@pitt.eduFEINGOLD
Committee MemberBurke, Jessica Griffinjgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Date: 2 February 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 December 2006
Approval Date: 2 February 2007
Submission Date: 7 December 2006
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: correctional health; drug abuse; Hepatitis C; HIV; recidivism; reproductive health; sexually transmitted infections; shackles during childbirth
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-12072006-090223/, etd-12072006-090223
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10135

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