Maureen Apperson, RN, LCSW
As a former staff nurse at the RI Department of Corrections, I became aware of the need to provide adequate medical care to the inmate population utilizing best practice medicine. While incarcerated, many experience access to health care that has not been available to them in the community. By removing some of the barriers that prevent health equity, I felt a sense of satisfaction knowing I was part of this effort.
Health equity means everyone has the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. This should not be based on social factors, race, gender, income or geographic location.
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