Using incarceration as an opportunity to improve inmates’ health

This Podcast appeared in Policy Options

Using Incarceration As An Opportunity To Improve Inmates’ Health

One in 200 Canadians is detained or incarcerated in jail or prison every year, yet their access to health care is a far cry from the services offered in Canadian communities. Dr. Ruth Martin and Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian explain how incarceration ー even for short time spans ー can be a time to improve an inmate’s health and reduce the chances of reincarceration.

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Fiona Kouyoumdjian is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Family Physician at a provincial correctional facility in Hamilton, Ontario. Ruth Martin is a Clinical Professor and Director at the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education SIFP at the University of British Columbia.

Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, journalist intern at, and journalist with Radio-Canada.

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