By Lt. Andre Gonzales, AA/Public Information Officer
and Dr. Joseph Bick, Chief Medical Executive
California Medical Facility
Staff and over 300 inmates at California Medical Facility (CMF) turned out for the 2014 World AIDS Day (WAD) commemoration and Inmate Health Education Fair.
The programs were held Dec. 2 in the CMF gymnasium.
This year marked the 21st annual WAD commemoration at CMF. Improved treatments have markedly decreased the number of HIV/AIDS associated deaths at CMF and throughout the state, according to officials.
In 2013, the CMF inmate peer education program, under the supervision of clinical social worker Deborah Miller, began a new tradition – an annual health education fair.
Inmate peer educators partnered with staff to provide 15 education stations covering topics such as diet, exercise, hepatitis, mental health, dental health, substance abuse and valley fever.
Public health nurses offered influenza vaccinations, and laboratory staff set up a voluntary blood-draw booth where over 60 inmate-patients were provided testing for HIV and/or hepatitis C.
“This event was a huge success and was well-attended,” said officials with the event.