Mission, Goals and Values

Mission

The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education is a group committed to encouraging and facilitating collaborative opportunities for health, education, research, service and advocacy, to enhance the social well-being and (re)integration of individuals in custody, their families and communities.

Goals

  1. HEALTH AND EDUCATION
    1. Create collaborative opportunities for partnerships and reciprocal learning by bringing together individuals in custody, community care workers, prison workers, government agencies and faculty
    2. Facilitate the creation of professional developmental educational opportunities for health care practitioners, community care workers, prison workers, for individuals in custody and/or for those who are (re)integrating into the community
    3. Facilitate the creation of opportunities for medical and health care students, residents and students from various faculties to work and learn in prison settings
    4. Develop courses on prison health and education and related areas of learning and application
  2. RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION
    1. Facilitate opportunities for research in prison and /or communities
    2. Facilitate the creation of scholarly and research opportunities for those in health care professions, community care workers, prison workers, for individuals in prison and/or for those who are (re)integrating into the community
    3. Facilitate dialogue and communication
  3. SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT
    1. Encourage and facilitate faculty to engage with prison communities and community care workers
    2. Facilitate the creation of educational and professional development opportunities for health care professionals, community care workers, prison workers, for individuals in custody and/or for those who are (re)integrating into the community
  4. ADVOCACY
    1. Disseminate knowledge through a variety of media
    2. Facilitate opportunities for advocacy for individuals in custody, their families and communities
    3. Facilitate increased access to medical services and educational opportunities
    4. Promote positive change within custodial systems and communities

Values

  • Partnership: Equal participation of all relevant stakeholders
  • Voice: Opportunity and encouragement for all to share opinions and ideas
  • Active listening: Willingness to hear and acknowledge what others have to say
  • Respect: Acknowledgement and recognition that everyone has ideas and experiences of value to offer
  • Reciprocal learning: Willingness to learn from one another
  • Cultural safety: Indigenous and ethnic cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence
  • Transparency: Honesty and accountability in all actions

Key Responsibilities

  • Network and liaise
  • Bridge between community, prison and university
  • Increase opportunities for reciprocal learning
  • Facilitate and encourage opportunities for building relationships across disciplines and communities
  • Inform and influence prison policy

Relationship between community/prison/university

  • Collaboration
  • Developing partnerships

Activities

  • Networking, dialoguing and information sharing
  • Professional development and education
  • Research and communication
  • Service
  • Advocacy