Gathering Health Perspectives of the Justice Involved: A Multisite Needs Assessment Survey
Young, David M.
Johnson, J. Aaron
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The well-being of justice-involved individuals must be of high priority to achieve health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve community health. To better understand the health interests and needs of justice-involved individuals, a survey was administered inquiring about health information-seeking behavior and health topics of interest. The survey was administered using secure tablet computers and completed by 1,888 incarcerated participants in 35 jails in 17 states. Salient themes that emerged from this research include the relatively equal use of the internet and health care providers as resources for health information; the extensive interest in learning about multiple health care topics; and demographic variations in health information-seeking behaviors and health topics of interest. Tailoring correctional health education programs to coincide with the interests and needs of the justice-involved population may attract more participants and thus result in better self-care management skills and health outcomes upon reentering communities.
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Elena Diller, Gail Kouame, David M. Young, and J. Aaron Johnson.Gathering Health Perspectives of the Justice Involved: A Multisite Needs Assessment Survey.Journal of Correctional Health Care.Aug 2022.243-251.http://doi.org/10.1089/jchc.20.09.0082