Beyond the Walls Workshops Approved for CHES and RN/CRNP Credits

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Workshops Approved for CHES and RN/CRNP Credits

A workshop to explore the psychological impact of incarceration. Prison itsel is a traumatic experience and this workshop will explore how men and women are traumatized during incarceration and re-traumatized upon release without adequate intervention and therapeutic support.

Reuben Jones, Master’s Degree (Human Services), Frontline Dads, Inc.

Jondhi Harrell, Bachelor’s (Social Work), TCRC

Hassan Freeman, Bachelor’s Social Work

Incarcerated men and women typically have physiological and mental health conditions that are associated withpeople at least a decade older in the community. This presentation will provide an inside look at the impact of incarceration on both the mentally ill and aging population and the challenges of reentering the community. Both vulnerable populations lack resources, access to treatment, reintegration stressors and complex systemic needs to ensure a level of care to obtain a successful transition. For those who are aging, the accelerated aging process is likely due to the high burden of disease common in people from poor backgrounds who comprise the majority of the prison population, coupled with unhealthy lifestyles prior to and during incarceration. These factors are often further exacerbated by substandard medical care either before or during incarceration. The violence, anxiety, and stress of prison life, isolation from family and friends, and the possibility of spending most or all of the rest of one’s life behind bars can also contribute to accelerated aging and/or mental illness once incarcerated.

Lynn Patrone, Master’s of Health Education, PA. Department of Corrections

Kimberlee Drum, RN, MSN, Office of Health Care Systems Advocate, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Approximately 14% of people in the Pennsylvania Prison System are living with hepatitis C (almost 7,000 people), yet only a small number of them have been able to receive medication that could CURE their virus. A major barrier to treatment is the cost of medication. Correctional policy makers have a limited budget for health care services and are forced to restrict who can be treated as a cost saving measure. Treating every inmate living with HCV in PA would cost the state an estimated $300-600 million (in comparison, the state pays approximately $250 million on ALL prison health services in a year!). This raises many questions: Is the hep C cure too expensive? How many people can the state afford to treat? How can the community advocate for lower drug prices to increase access to treatment? Should the state budget more money to pay for hep C? If you agree that hep C treatment access is a major health justice issue, come hear how local advocates are fighting to get more Pennsylvania inmates treated with hep C meds by taking action through legal means and activism!

David Rudovsky, LLB, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP

To Be Determined, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ)

Annette Gaudino, Treatment Action Group

Alex Shirreffs, MPH, HepCAP

Currently in the United States there are 34 states which have HIV specific criminal codes used to target people with HIV. This workshop will provide information and discussion about what these laws look like in our back yards, further; How people living with HIV can lead the way in pushing back against HIV laws which tend to create a sero underclass. How to avoid being prosecuted, effectively for knowing your HIV status.

Waheedah Shabazz-El, Positive Women’s Network-USA

Teresa Sullivan, Positive Women’s Network-USA

Adrian Lowe, JD, PA AIDS Law Project

Asha Molock, BSS, Positive Women’s Network-USA

While more organizations strive to become competent engaging with sex work specific needs, many still overlook the full extent to which criminalization effects access to healthcare and safety for those. Looking specifically at Pennsylvania law as it pertains to the intersection of sex work and HIV, this workshop aims to open a dialogue on the implications for health care and communities in order to identify areas of improvement in services and advocacy.

Nina Marsoopian
Project Safe and Philadelphia Red Umbrella Alliance

With rates of overdose deaths skyrocketing upon reentry into the community, service providers and those living in community with people who are returning from prison and jail must be equipped to intervene in the event of an overdose, and to prevent overdoses before they happen. This workshop describes how to meet people living with addiction “where they’re at” through harm reduction practice methodologies, how to identify symptoms of an overdose, and how to use Naloxone (Narcan) to revive a person who is overdosing. The second half of this workshop will be dedicated to learning how to use Naloxone, and the first 50 people in attendance will be given a Naloxone kit to carry with them.

Nidia Flores, Prevention Point Philadelphia

Francis O’Neill, Prevention Point Philadelphia

PDP provides a full range of clinical services to some 30,000 individuals annually. The “illness burden” of this population is remarkable, e.g., 40% receive behavioral health care, 30% have one or more chronic physical illness and upwards of 70% suffer from substance abuse disorders. These are citizens who generally receive only episodic care in the community. PDP clinicians address current clinical problems and increasingly are working to assure effective continuity of care upon release. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the medical services provided at PDP, what is not provided and developments underway at this time.

Bruce Herdman, MA, MBA, PhD, Philadelphia Department of Prisons

An estimated 50,000 Philadelphians have hepatitis C – this includes many people who have been incarcerated. Whether you want to understand the basics of hep C, need to brush up on key hep C talking points, or are looking for answers to questions about hepatitis this workshop will give you an overview of hep C from transmission to treatment. Come to this workshop for the info you need to be a hepatitis advocate and educator!

Jack Hildick-Smith, BS, PDPH

Finding Freedom in a Maximum Security Prison Through Yoga and Mindfulness?!

For the men at SCI Graterford who recently graduated from the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification program the goal of yoga is simple yet profound: Yoga means freedom….literally and figuratively. Freedom means finding non-violent ways to deal with violent situations.

This workshop presents the results of the 1st ever 200 hour yoga teacher certification program for incarcerated men in a maximum security prison. Yoga teacher training in prison is unique. It provides an intensive study of both the philosophy and practical application of yoga within the context of the criminal justice system while preparing the men who will be released back into the community with tangible skills and career options.

The workshop presents programs for both incarcerated individuals and career development opportunities for returning citizens. Since completing the program, many of the students now facilitate classes on a peer-to-peer basis for those in the therapeutic units: those in recovery, those in oncology, hospice, mental health units. Classes are conducted for seniors, athletes, and veterans.

Michael Huggins, BS, MBA, RYT, Transformation Yoga Project

Brianne Murphy, BA, RYT, Transformation Yoga Project

High mortality rates, particularly from overdose, after release from state and federal prison systems are well documented. Reasons for this increased risk include possible decreased physiological tolerance to drugs while incarcerated and difficulties with community reentry such as finding employment, housing, and reconnecting with families. Little is known about mortality rates after release from municipal or city prison systems such as the Philadelphia Department of Prisons where length of stay is often shorter and comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment programs are less available. Come to this workshop if you want to learn about risk of fatal overdose among recently released inmates from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

Lia Pizzicato, MPH, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Discussion of causation and strategies for healing trauma, stigma and rejection of returning citizens and other vulnerable populations by their faith communities.

Rev. Dr. Chris Kimmenez, Psy D, Candidate for D. Min., Healing Communities USA

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 1 in 25 women in federal corrections facilities and 1 in 24 women in state correctional facilities arrives pregnant. In our current system, pregnant prisoners are often not afforded safe conditions in which to give birth: many are not able to receive adequate prenatal care or obstetrical care during labor and delivery, and some are shackled when giving birth. And, in the event that a woman must terminate her pregnancy, despite her legal rights to do so, she is often not able to due to restrictive prison policies. Furthermore, routine gynecological care is often inaccessible to women behind the walls. What is being done to change these situations, and to improve healthcare for women who are incarcerated? This workshop explains what’s going on in the prisons and jails, what’s the legal background for women’s healthcare, and who’s working to improve the system.

Shannon Criniti, PhD, MPH, AccessMatters

Latasha Deer, RN, Corizon Health

LaToya Myers, Maternity Care Coalition

Vandelyn Phillips, RN, BSN, CCHP, Corizon Health

Julie Zaebst, ACLU of Pennsylvania