Prison Health Program Committee
Position Statement on Opioid Agonist Treatment in Prisons
The College of Family Physicians of Canada Addictions Medicine and Prison Health Member Interest Groups. Revised November 2019.
Position Statement on Immigration Detention
The College of Family Physicians of Canada Prison Health Program Committee, Community of Practice in Family Medicine. May, 2019.
Position Statement on Health Care Delivery
The College of Family Physicians of Canada Prison Health Program Committee, Community of Practice in Family Medicine. July 14, 2016.
Position Statement on Solitary Confinement
The College of Family Physicians of Canada Prison Health Program Committee, Community of Practice in Family Medicine. August 7, 2016.
Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities
Vancouver, BC: The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE), The University of British Columbia; August 2015.
Resources for physicians working in correctional facilities
Working as a Physician in Correctional Facilities in Canada: an orientation manual with practical advice for physicians and trainees who are working in or are interested in working in correctional facilities
The Prison Health Committee, the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Best Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Physicians in Correctional Facilities– Checklist: summary of best practices shared with senior decision makers for their consideration and implementation; physicians are encouraged to advocate for adoption of these strategies in the jurisdictions and institutions in which they work
The Prison Health Committee, the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
In the news
Canada’s family doctors push to ban solitary confinement in prisons
White, P. The Globe and Mail. February 27, 2017.
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Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Health Inside Out
Elwood Martin R, Korchinski M, Fels L, Leggo C. Arresting Hope. Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Health Inside Out. Toronto, ON: Inanna Publications; 2014.
Guidelines and Resources
Vancouver, BC: The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) | School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine; accessed August 3, 2018.
Who we are
The Prison Health Program Committee represents the interests of all members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) providing care to incarcerated men, women and youth, their families and communities, including those for whom this is part of their broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice.
Prison Health Program Committee membership
Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian, Ontario
Dr. Claire Bodkin, Ontario
Dr. Anthony Jong, British Columbia
Dr. Alenia Kysela, Ontario
Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay, Quebec
Dr. Patricia Mark, Addictions Expertise, British Columbia
Dr. McKenzie Lim, Resident Representative
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff
Dr. Allan Grill, Physician Advisor, MIGS
Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department
The Prison Health Program Committee provides relevant College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) material, web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines for those who have a special interest in providing care to incarcerated men and women, their families and communities.*
*Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site have come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.
Preconception & Prenatal Care in 2014
British Columbia: Divisions of Family Practice, General Practice Services Committee. 2014.
Bonding Through Bars—giving voice to the silenced children of parental incarceration
International Research Roundtable, “Bonding Through Bars.” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia; May 2013.
Healthcare Behind Bars: Offender Health Research Network (OHRN), a research group from the University of Manchester, work alongside ex-offenders to help improve healthcare in prisons throughout England and Wales. Manchester: Centre for Mental Health and Risk; November 13, 2013.
Needle and syringe programs in prison: it can be done
Toronto, ON: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; April 24, 2013.
Prison Health Committee literature search results
Prison Health Committee newsletters
The American College of Correctional Physicians (ACCP) [formerly the Society of Correctional Physicians (SCP)]
National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC): Chicago, Illinois-based not-for-profit organization with services and resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high-quality care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Prison health toolkit
Managing Infectious Disease (ID) Outbreaks in Prison
Robertson P. Warkworth ON: Warkworth Institution; November 2013.
Dilemmas in the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canadian prisons
Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Chronic Disease in Prison
Sharifi N. Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Prescribing in Prison
Koehn J. Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Practice Improvement in Prison
Martin R.E. Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Prison Health Best Practices: Developing a 'tool box'
Martin RE, Mousmanis P, Grier L, Dubin R. Baria N. Koehn J. Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Prison Health Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents
Filek H, Degenhardt A, Keng A, Martin R.E., Koehn J. Vancouver, BC: Family Medicine Forum; November 2013.
Incarcerated men and women represent an underserved and vulnerable population that suffers vast health inequities when compared to the general population, with a high prevalence of mental illness and communicable disease. Canadian prisons provide unique learning and invaluable service opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. The Prison Health Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents workshop:
- Describes undergraduate and postgraduate prison health educational programs in Canada
- Discusses the impacts of prison health experiences on learners, including the development of competencies in communication, health promotion, empathy and reflective practice; discusses ways that prison health residency electives and prison clinical practice provide opportunities for personal and professional growth
- Explores ways participants might consider initiating prison health educational programs in their local correctional institutions
- Discusses health issues of the prison population
- Promotes opportunities for meaningful education, advocacy, and personal growth
Prison health policy
Offender Health Research Network: Policy and Reports (funded by Offender Health at the Department of Health, a collaboration between several universities, based at the University of Manchester)
Prison health-related publications
Prevention and Health Promotion. spectra 91 newsletter. March 2012.
Good governance for prison health in the 21st century: A policy brief on the organization of prison health
Copenhagen, Denmark: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health Organization/World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe; 2013.
“Health and social care services for older male adults in prison: the identification of current service provision and piloting of an assessment and care planning model”: a report from the Offender Health Research Network (OHRN) that explores the health and social care needs of older male prisoners entering and leaving prison and current levels of service provision for this group
Senior J, Forsyth K, Walsh E, O'Hara K, Stevenson C, Hayes A et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. August 2013; 1(5).
“So, you want to be a prison doctor”
Santilli V. The Medical Post. May 26, 2015.
Prisons and health: a World Health Organization book in PDF format that features suggestions by international experts to improve the health of people in prison and to reduce the risks posed by imprisonment to both health and society
Copenhagen, Denmark: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe; 2014.
Gabapentin and Pregabalin Offender Health Audit Report and Audit Tool: This report and associated survey and audit tool describe the process and outcomes of an England-wide collaborative audit and survey of the use of gabapentin and pregabalin in Her Majesty's (HM’s) prisons and Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs).
Farmer D. East & South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services: Medicines Use and Safety Team; July 3, 2013.
Prison medicine education
Contact the Prison Health Committee to learn more about:
- Prison medicine education initiatives across Canada in provincial and federal correctional institutions (for medical students or residents interested in doing a prison medicine elective)
- How to establish a local prison medicine rotation for medical students and/or residents and relevant documentation/experience (for educators)
University of British Columbia’s Department of Family Practice learning objectives for electives developed for medical students and residents:
Frequently Asked Questions (Prison Medicine Elective)
The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, University of British Columbia
Prison Health: Doctor Patient and Society 410
(Introduction to Prison Health for medical students)
Martin R.E., Howett L. The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, a place of mind, University of British Columbia. February 6, 2013.