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This project will be identifying the key factors that contribute to the significant lack of health care in prisons in the U.S., specifically in women’s correctional facilities. I will be lending my focus to disparities in mental health, HIV/AIDs care, reproductive health, trans health, and physical health issues among women who are either currently incarcerated or those who have completed their sentences and are at higher risk for re-entry after attempting re-integration. There is a lack of care, access, and proper treatment for women inmates in U.S. prisons and reform is needed. I foresee the best possible way to accomplish this change short-term is by reforming healthcare policies in prisons, creating competency trainings for healthcare professionals in correctional facilities, including individualized services and trauma informed care, creating community-based services on the outside, and advocating for policy reform outside of prisons until they are abolished altogether. By creating better access to care for women outside of prison, many crimes of necessity will decrease, as well as substance abuse among those coping with physical disabilities and/or mental illness.

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Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Law and Policy | Health Services Administration | Law and Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Maternal and Child Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Mental and Social Health | Preventive Medicine | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Public Health Education and Promotion | Social Welfare Law | Substance Abuse and Addiction | Women's Health | Women's Studies

Current Academic Year


Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Liz Canfield


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Healthcare Access in Women’s Prisons:  An Intersectional Perspective