Search form

Sections

Reporting on Prison Health Care: A Live Internet Radio Conversation with KPCC's Julie Small

Reporting on Prison Health Care: A Live Internet Radio Conversation with KPCC's Julie Small

Julie Small/SCPR

Prison Health Care: Live Conversation with Julie Small
Thursday, August 26

The show aired at 11 AM PST and is now archived below.

Trouble with the player? Go to our blogtalkradio page. From there you can also share this audio on your own website.

To continue this conversation, leave a comment below tweet with the hashtag #rohprisonhealth.

Covering prison health care is not for the faint of heart: there is little public sympathy for prisoners, getting information is difficult and sources risk retribution. Julie Small, state capitol reporter for Southern California Public Radio and a California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow, deftly navigated those challenges to produce her investigative series, Prison Affliction: Medical Care Inside California's State Prisons. I'll be moderating an BlogTalkRadio conversation with Julie and invite you to join us. Please RSVP here (appreciated but not required).

Small's series began airing on Monday on KPCC and will continue through Friday. You can get a taste for her reporting process and the discoveries she made in her Q&A with ReportingonHealth.

In the meantime, you might want to check out Julie's series so far:

Part One: California's budget woes thwart improvements to prison medicine

Part Two: Chino prison sees some improvements in medical care

Part 3: California inmates still suffer from lapses in prison medical care

Part 4: Vacaville's Central Medical Facility – The 'gold standard' for prison medical care in California

Part 5: Fewer improvements planned for prison medical care

 

Comments

One question for Julie: You spent many months working on this series. What are some shorter term ideas for journalists interested in covering prison health issues in their communities?

The day of this blogtalkradio conversation, the Office of the Inspector General released a final report finding:
"We reviewed the 17 prisons’ performance in these five general medical categories: medication management; access to medical providers and services; continuity of care; primary care
provider responsibilities; and nurse responsibilities. In doing so, we noted two significant recurring problems. First: nearly all prisons were ineffective at ensuring that inmates receive
their medications. Sixteen of the 17 institutions either failed to timely administer, provide or deliver medications or failed to document that they had done so. The 17 prisons’ average
score of 58 percent in medication management was significantly below the minimum score for moderate adherence.

"Numerous prisons were significantly noncompliant in the following medication management
tasks: delivering sick call medications (new orders) to inmates; providing chronic care medications; providing medications to inmates within one day of arrival at the prison; delivering medications to inmates upon discharge from an outside hospital; and administering tuberculosis medications."

To read more, go to http://bit.ly/d1LSO8

Leave A Comment

Announcements

New this year: a $1,000 reporting stipend! Apply now for the all-expenses-paid 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship and spend five days in Los Angeles March 1-5, 2015 learning about how Obamacare is -- and isn't -- working for Californians and what other factors, besides health care access, contribute to good health.  

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

Member Activities

William Heisel has shared a blog post

Read it.

Lee Adcock has shared a story

Read it.

Minnur Yunusov's profile has been updated

Connect with Minnur Yunusov

Ruxandra Guidi has shared a microsite blog

Read it.

Anna Romano has shared a blog post

Read it.
More Member Activities

Follow Us

ReportingHealth

Reporting on Underserved Communities



How can journalists and foundations collaborate to deepen and improve reporting on underserved communities? Our USC Annenberg School of Journalism program in collaboration with The California Endowment, the Wyncote Foundation and Media Impact Funders, convened 75 leaders from both fields.

Read More »