Women and the Incarceration Epidemic: What Every Healthcare Provider Needs to Know. The Case of Nicole Anderson

Date of Review: March, 2019

This resource seeks to describe demographic characteristics and common health problems experience by women offenders. It also offers screening tools to address access to care, health literacy, health problems associated with incarceration, and treatment compliance.   Target learners are pre-clinical or clinical medical students. Sessions are designed for small group discussions delivered in one or two separate sessions.  The session case presentations, screening tools and discussion points are presented very clearly and can readily be implemented without additional training. The document has robust resources for additional reading or preparation if desired.   This short PBL session can be easily implemented by schools desiring to address this topic in a brief, self-contained format. The work is not a longitudinal curriculum but offers the opportunity to present the cases to preclinical students and follow up more advanced format with clinical students.   Although the 2011 date may start to seem dated and the curriculum may feed into negative biases, there is not a lot of literature or curriculum on the topic and short of modifying demographics or looking up one’s community’s demographics, all other material (cases, discussion, screening tools) are all pertinent.   While there is no reported evidence of effectiveness, this is a good resource for easy implementation of 1x teaching/exposure to the topic of healthcare of women with history of incarceration.   Monica Yepes-Rios, MD, NCEAS & Aashish Didwania, MD NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:



Drexel University College of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Philadelphia, PA

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