Correctional Health - Certificate


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What is the Correctional Health certificate?

Four online courses at either the Undergraduate or Graduate level that provide an overview of the health issues of incarcerated individuals, including the signs, symptoms, behavior and regulations regarding treatment.  These courses have been developed for all individuals working in the criminal justice system, including:

  • Health providers
  • Correctional officers
  • Individuals working within probation and parole 

The primary purpose of this academic offering is to provide an overview of correctional health care and to encourage all individuals working within the criminal justice system to better understand this challenging environment.

Who is eligible and should participate?

Anyone that works with or has an interest in the Correctional or Health System.  This certificate program is designed to address issues of health in the criminal justice system, including:

  • Jails
  • Prisons
  • Juvenile detention centers
  • Substance abuse treatment centers

Is there a need for correctional healthcare professionals?

The health disparities that exist in our communities are concentrated in the population that cycles in and out of our jails and prisons. Justice-involved populations have very high rates of physical illness, mental illness, and substance use disorders. And their health problems have significant impacts on the communities from which they come and to which, in nearly all cases, they will return.   Over the past four decades the rate of incarceration in the United States has skyrocketed to unprecedented heights both historically and in comparison to other developed nations.  A changing policy environment calls for a fresh look at the connections between health and incarcerations.  Costs of providing care to the incarcerated are rising due to an aging population as well as infectious diseases.  

What Can I do with a Correctional Health Certificate?

Those who earn a certificate in Correctional Health may find employment opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Correctional Health Professional
  • Correctional Health Administrator 
  • Correctional Health Nurse 
  • Inviduals working within Probation and Parole
  • Correctional Officers
  • Allied Health Roles
  • Criminal Justice Mental Health Staff 
  • Expert Witness

Because they're not just a number-they're patients...learn more about what a certificate in Correctional Health can do for you!

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Jackie Moore
Jacqueline (Jackie) M. Moore  PHd
Correctional Health Specialist  

Jacqueline M. Moore, President, Moore & Associates is a pioneer in the field of correctional health care.  Dr. Moore was one of the two founders of Prison Health Services, Inc. (PHS) -- the first company in the United States to provide correctional health care services to state and local governments.  In 1990, she assisted her firm with a public offering having revenues of over $60 million with 42 contracts in state and county facilities on a nationwide basis.  Ms. Moore has over 33 years of experience in operating and evaluating correctional systems.

Dr. Moore then joined the Wackenhut Corporation where, as Vice President of Medical Services, she established their correctional health care division -- managing 14 detention and correctional centers, including oversight of the budgets, organizations and overall supervision of all medical services.    In 1992, Dr. Moore established a new subsidiary for Coastal Correctional Healthcare.  She was responsible for the entire marketing and development of this new health care firm.  Formulation of operating policies and procedures, supervision of budgetary and cost containment programs, coordination of administrative support services and serving as the liaison with clients were several of her responsibilities.  More recently, Dr. Moore has served as the Director of Operations for NCCHC, where she provided technical assistance to numerous county and state municipalities and directed NCCHC's accreditation program.   Dr. Moore has a Doctorate degree in nursing, specializing in health policy and program evaluation.  She served on the Board of NCCHC for three years, has published extensively and spoken at numerous correctional conferences on a variety of correctional topics.  She is well-versed on managed health care, cost analyses and evaluation methodologies.  In 2005, Dr. Moore wrote a chapter on privatization of inmate health care for the American Correctional Association (ACA).  (A reprint of that chapter has been published by Corrections Management Quarterly.)  Dr. Moore published a text on Management and Administration in Correctional Health Care and serves as the current editor of Correctional Health Report - a national correctional health care publication published by the Civic Research Institute. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Correctional Health Professionals. She has recently written a chapter entitled "Legal Implications for Nurses".  

As a former Senior Lead Surveyor for the NCCHC, Dr. Moore surveyed in West Virginia, Arizona, Texas, Delaware, Oregon, Utah, Alabama, Connecticut and South Dakota and is well versed in accreditation standards.

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