PS12: Health Policy: "Rights- Based Approach to Sound Canteen and Care Packaging Policy Development"

California correctional facilities have incurred approximately 6 billion dollars in healthcare cost in managing incarcerated offenders chronic illnesses. As rates of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are on the rise in a California prison population, there is an urgent need to promote self-care by providing healthy nutritional alternatives in prison canteens to improve health status and reduce healthcare costs. Many of the canteen and care-package options are high in trans fats, sodium, and sugary content, thus placing greater risk for non-communicable diseases and increasing health care cost. This network session will bring correctional stakeholders, healthcare providers, and health policy advocates together to discuss the benefits of providing cost-effective care through the development of a sound nutritional policy promoting affordable canteen and care package alternatives.

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Georgena Wiley, MSN, MBA, HC, FNP-BC, RN, DNP(c)
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