Helping Incarcerated Women Access Health Care

Helping Incarcerated Women Access Health Care
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I’m Kriya Patel, and with my project I plan to help women  about to be released from a local Philadelphia jail. Obtain health insurance in order to continue access  to stabilizing medication.  So, at Riverside Correctional Facility, 66% of the women  are currently on medication for behavioral health issues.  And when they’re released they’re  only given five days worth of medication. And none of  these women have health insurance. 

Public Service

She stays in the public service  because people like her are very much needed. My hopes for the project are that after a year we’re  able to really demonstrate that it’s reduced recidivism,  and it’s really allowed the women  to turn their lives around.  – [Kathleen] What’s special about this prize is that  they’re rewarding people like Kriya who want to be engaged  in the community at large.  I hope this project is just the beginning for Riverside,  and I also hope that it serves as a model,  because it would be helpful to ladies  all over this country.  

Addition

This means that after five extremely short days,  in addition to the challenges of finding a job.  And finding housing, they are now off of  their much needed medication.  Getting them Medicaid from the moment they’re released  will allow them to continue to have access to medication.  – I met Kriya in a class I teach  inside the women’s jail in Philadelphia.  She called me and said she wanted to make a proposal  for the President’s Engagement Prize.  The goal is to get everyone who is  in Riverside jail health insurance.  Kriya and her staff will solicit interest  from the inmates.

 


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