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Wellness Curriculum: Teaching Inmates to Take Care of Their Health. Yolanda G. Martinez, Ph.D. Office of Minority Health Orange County Health Department. Improving the Health of the Community by Improving the Health of Inmates. Societal Impact of Released Inmates. More Acquired Limitations.

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wellness curriculum teaching inmates to take care of their health
Wellness Curriculum:Teaching Inmates to Take Care of Their Health

Yolanda G. Martinez, Ph.D.

Office of Minority Health

Orange County Health Department

improving the health of the community by improving the health of inmates
Improving the Health of the Community by Improving the Health of Inmates

Societal Impact of Released Inmates

More Acquired Limitations

Prison System

Societal Barriers

Acquired Limitations

ROOTS

wellness curriculum
Wellness Curriculum
  • 2001
  • Rationale: need to provide health education to incarcerated individuals
  • Original project: sought to provide education and link newly released individuals to health, work and housing
wellness curriculum components
Wellness Curriculum Components
  • Teacher Manual (English)
  • Student Manual (English and Spanish)
  • Transparencies
  • 6 chapters
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Breast Cancer
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
wellness curriculum evaluation
Wellness Curriculum Evaluation
  • Demographic form (name, race/ethnicity, last grade completed, zip code of residence, and known health problems)
  • Pre-test (English and Spanish)
  • Post-test (English and Spanish)
  • Teacher Feedback Form
wellness curriculum timeline
Wellness Curriculum: Timeline
  • March 17, 2003 – June 6, 2003
  • 12 weeks
  • 1 group every 2 weeks
  • Total participants = 538
  • Average age = 32.3
  • Age range = 14 - 65
other areas of health concern identified by female inmates
Other Areas of Health Concern Identified by Female Inmates
  • African American: circulatory problems (3.7%), digestive problems (7.4%) chronic diseases (3.7%).
  • Hispanic: thyroid (18.8%), back problems (12.5%), circulatory (6.3%), respiratory problems (50%)
  • White: cholesterol, respiratory, seizures, digestive problems (3.4%)
health issues identified by medical staff
Health Issues Identified by Medical Staff
  • Preconception
  • Reproductive Health
  • Pregnancy and HIV
  • Pregnancy and drug addiction including smoking
  • Chronic diseases such as HBP, asthma, diabetes, seizures, etc.
health issues identified by medical staff cont
Health Issues Identified by Medical Staff Cont.
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Polyps among women of color
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Parenting skills