Toward healthy prisons: The TECH model and its applications

Michael W. Ross, Amy Jo Harzke

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    Purpose - This paper aims to explore how the TECH Model (testing for and treating infectious diseases and vaccination; environmental modification to prevent disease transmission; chronic disease identification and treatment; and health maintenance and education) can be used for assessing and achieving healthy prisons. Design/methodology/approach - This paper explores the concepts of «health in prison» and «healthy prisons» in the context of recent research and guidance. The paper then considers the TECH Model as an approach to achieving healthy prisons. Findings - Under each of the four TECH Model domains are tasks to achieve a healthy prison. For prisons with poor or no resources, each domain contains steps that will improve prison health and move towards a healthy prison for both prisoners and staff. Implementation can thus be «low-TECH» or «high-TECH» depending on the setting and the available resources and the model is specifically designed to provide options for resource-poor as well as resource-rich correctional settings. Originality/value - The TECH Model is a first step in characterizing the components of a healthy prison and the processes to achieve this. This Model could be implemented in all levels of prisons internationally.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number17058210
    Pages (from-to)16-26
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Prisoner Health
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2012


    • Application
    • Chronic disease
    • Diseases
    • Environment
    • Health services
    • Infectious disease
    • Jail
    • Prevention
    • Prisons
    • Public health
    • Risk management
    • Risk reduction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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