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Health care event hits Windy City
By Lynne Murray, Corrections.com News Intern
Published: 11/10/2008

1110chicago This year’s National Conference on Correctional Health Care took place in Chicago, Illinois, and featured something for everyone, whether they were novice correctional health workers or seasoned professionals. The fall event was presented by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the Academy of Health Professionals, and was co-hosted by the Cook and DuPage County Sheriffs' Offices, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Illinois Sheriff's Association.

The forum, held October 18-22, brought together a diverse crowd of individuals who all had the same goal- to continue their education on improving health care regimes. This year’s conference was attended not only by correctional health care workers from across the country, but also by workers from around the globe.

Despite the costs associated with attending, many travelers defied the odds in order to have this opportunity.

In response to feedback from previous attendees, the conference added speaker question and answer sessions, more in-depth seminars, and informal round table discussion groups so professionals had opportunities to discuss specific interests, job functions or challenges.

The opening session featured a keynote speech by a legal expert, Fred Cohen, who co-founded the Civic Research Institute and served as a federal-court appointed monitor in two lawsuits involving health care in prisons and justice systems.

Programs held during the conference included “Managing the Complexities of Schizophrenia,” “Seven Habits Highly Effective Leaders,” “Addressing Adolescent Health Care Needs,” and “Cost-Effective Analyses in Jails.” Additionally, participants could attend other special events such as, the Academy Welcome reception, which was a networking opportunity, a “Take Charge with Tai Chi” class, which taught how to relieve stress and restore health, and an educational poster exhibit.

NCCHC President Ed Harrison noted that an event highlight was the energy people brought with them. “There was such enthusiasm among the people who came,” he says. “They were just so happy to be there, networking, meeting other people and exchanging ideas.”

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