About Us

The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education was established in 2006 as a means of addressing the distinct health needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to encouraging and facilitating health, education, research, service, and advocacy to enhance the health, social well-being, and reintegration of individuals transitioning from prison into their communities.

High numbers of men, women and youth are incarcerated in Canada every year, many for short periods of time. Most of these individuals revolve in and out of custodial settings; recidivism rates are high. Incarcerated men, women and youth have higher prevalence of illness and disease, including HIV, hepatitis and mental illness, and many of these individuals upon release face multiple barriers to accessing primary health care and to the attainment of their socio-economic health goals. The transition period into communities is difficult and many individuals experience perpetual social exclusion.

With this in mind, the CCPHE is actively seeking to foster collaboration and partnerships between universities, prisons and the justice system, and communities, to reduce disparities that negatively affect those who are in custody or in the process of (re)integrating into society. Individuals in custody or who are (re)integrating back into communities represents a population that is most deserving of a strong voice with regards to policy, research and education concerning the improvement of conditions for those temporarily residing in Canadian institutions. We especially welcome participation and membership from those of this population and those who wish to collaborate with us on our initiatives!

We invite you to please read more about our mission, goals and values.