Healthcare in jails an important component of public health continuum

Healthcare in jails an important component of public health continuum

Santa Rita County Jail

Quality care may have a positive impact not just on the health of individuals served behind bars but on the larger population. In recognition of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, here is an excellent example of public health behind bars in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

The Santa Rita Jail is one of the leading organizations in Alameda County identifying new HIV cases. In 2015 alone, Corizon Health, the jail’s contracted medical provider, conducted more than 3,550 HIV tests through a program sponsored by the CDC, which saves the taxpayers of Alameda County the cost of the screenings. In total, more than 10,000 Alameda County inmates have been screened through the program, and 72 previously undiagnosed HIV infections were discovered.

This innovative HIV screening program is providing a positive impact on the overall health standards of Alameda County. People who previously were unaware they were HIV positive are guided into early treatment, preventing disease-related complications and the transmission of the HIV virus in the jail and the larger community. This is just one example of the promising outcomes we’re seeing in our patients at the Santa Rita Jail.

To learn about another Corizon Health HIV management program seeing positive outcomes for our patients, this time within the Philadelphia Prison System, click here.