Gathering Health Perspectives of the Justice Involved: A Multisite Needs Assessment Survey

Elena Diller, Gail Kouame, David M. Young, J. Aaron Johnson

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The well-being of justice-involved individuals must be of high priority to achieve health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve community health. To better understand the health interests and needs of justice-involved individuals, a survey was administered inquiring about health information-seeking behavior and health topics of interest. The survey was administered using secure tablet computers and completed by 1,888 incarcerated participants in 35 jails in 17 states. Salient themes that emerged from this research include the relatively equal use of the internet and health care providers as resources for health information; the extensive interest in learning about multiple health care topics; and demographic variations in health information-seeking behaviors and health topics of interest. Tailoring correctional health education programs to coincide with the interests and needs of the justice-involved population may attract more participants and thus result in better self-care management skills and health outcomes upon reentering communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • correctional health care
  • health information seeking
  • health literacy
  • justice involved

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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