Webinar: Providing Healthcare in the Prison Environment

When:  Sep 11, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 2–3pm EDT


The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that one of the best lessons to be learned from the last century is that public health can no longer ignore the needs of prison health. The mandate to provide care, along with the influx of those who have had little or no medical care prior to incarceration, has resulted in a greater demand for inmate health services.

Though there are numerous built environmental models for prisoner health care, little has been done to assess these environments or their impacts on inmates in a systematic way. Presenter Dave Redemske will share some of the outcomes from his study as part of the HDR Fellowship program, shedding light on the healthcare process and settings for prison inmates, as well as recommendations for the future.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Identify the connections between prison health and underserved community health systems. This has a great impact on safety net hospitals as many released inmates overburden those safety net systems, which leads to longer waits, increased non-compensated care, and may even overburden the system to the point that limited health resources are required to close.
  2. Compare the different models of prison healthcare in relation to the built environment. Understanding how facilities designed for confinement and punishment are not conducive to providing adequate and healing mental healthcare. 
  3. Examine systematic improvements to expand access to care for less cost. Departments of Corrections should ask certain questions when determining where to provide healthcare. The location of that care will have an impact on the design of community based facilities as well as correctional facilities.
  4. Analyze the community health impacts of mass incarceration. Inmates are the only members of the US population whose healthcare is guaranteed as a right under the Constitution. As we continue to incarcerate, prisons are being required to create more healthcare facilities within their walls.

Ideal audience

This session targets all designers/consultants who work within, or are interested in correctional health care. It is also geared towards anyone who works within community health and mental health care as these worlds overlap significantly.

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Yvonne Nagy

Yvonne Nagy, Vice President and Regional Leader of Healthcare has close to 20 years of experience working for large academic medical centers and regional healthcare systems.  With experience in all phases of project delivery, Yvonne specializes in project management, specifically focusing on how collaborative project team dynamics yield greater value for both clients and their delivery teams.



David Redemske

David Redemske is an Architect and Health Planning Principal at HDR, with over 27 years of industry experience. An expert in the design and planning of correctional health facilities, David has designed health facilities for many State Departments of Corrections, as well as Kuwait. He is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). David's research focused on the complexity of the environments in which health care is delivered to U.S. prison inmates, including the prison clinic or infirmary, regional correctional medical facilities, and community hospitals.

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When available, you can download a copy of the presentation and the Q&A here. A PDF of the presentation will be posted prior to the live webinar, and the Q&A will be posted after the webinar. Continuing Education Hours are only offered during the live event.

Report AIA Continuing Education
Continuing Education hours are only offered during the live event, and only to AIA members. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the end of the webinar. This survey must be completed in order to receive credit. AIA members will have their credit recorded within two weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Each AIA member or IDP record holder needs to fill out their own survey individually. The survey will close 48 hours after the conclusion of the presentation.

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