Powell M and Tilghman J*
Department of Nursing, Coppin State University, USAFulltext PDF
In the early 2000s returning citizens' came into use meant to replace the stigmatized words 'ex-con,' 'ex-felon, 'etc. A returning citizen is an individual returning home after being in prison. Many in this population return to the community with a history of chronic health conditions. It is vital to provide returning citizens with information and access to available health care resources within the community. It can be challenging to access services and programs that exist post-release. It is essential to address the needs of these individuals because if health concerns were not addressed before release, serious complications could result. Providing access to resources that help identify care providers and support systems can impact health-seeking behaviors and ultimately promote an optimal level of health. As a component of a doctoral project at Coppin State University Doctor of Nursing Practice program, a web-based health information site was developed and implemented to provide health care guidance to returning citizens, focusing on the importance of healthcare follow-up and community-based resources to help optimize their quality of life. This type of access allows for identification and accessibility to health resources within the community. Providing information in a manner that is relevant and accessible such as a web-based health resource guide will help returning citizens identify and access health services available within the community.
Chronic respiratory conditions; Diabetes; Nursing practice program
Powell M, Tilghman J. A Impetus for Action to Address the Needs of Returning Citizens. Ann Nurs Primary Care. 2022; 3(1): 1020..