Working to Improve Health Care for Incarcerated Women

Sheila R. Enders

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Working to Improve Health Care for Incarcerated Women

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Gathering in groups, expressing their fears, frustrations, and hopes, 113 incarcerated women at the largest women's prison in the United States described their need for adequate health care inside prison walls. Twenty focus groups met at Central California Women's Facility over a ten-month period in 2001 and 2002. The author of this chapter helped organize the groups so that incarcerated women could define ways to reduce their health and medical vulnerabilities inside the prison. The women's comments resulted in the compilation and publication of a handbook, Simple Answers to Difficult Healthcare Questions—Choice. The focus group discussions followed a predetermined set of questions in four areas: knowledge/information, experience/process, barriers, and outcomes.

Keywords: Central California Women’s Facility; incarcerated women; health care; handbook; focus groups

Chapter.  2069 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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