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Conference will focus on health care in correctional institutions

August 25, 2015
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Dr. Makrides 

Dallas — Dentists who work in public health or want to learn more about working in a correctional setting are encouraged to attend the National Conference on Correctional Health Care Oct. 17-21 here.

The ADA is a supporting organization of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, which is holding the conference. The conference this year includes several oral health topics.

Dr. Nicholas Makrides, chief dental officer for the U.S. Public Health Service and the ADA liaison on the National Commission on Correctional Health Care board of directors, will be a presenter at the conference, as will other dentists.

Oral health sessions at the conference will include Risk Management for Dental Providers, Minimizing Legal Risks While Improving Dental Care and Nurses’ Assessment of Dental Problems.

Dr. Makrides, who began his career in 1987 as a staff dental officer at the Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Texas, said this conference will be most relevant for dentists who work in an institutional setting, such as a prison and mental health centers. Still, he said, it can also be of interest to anyone with an interest in working in public health.

“If they want to find out more about what it’s like to work in a correctional facility, this would be a great conference to attend,” Dr. Makrides said, adding that, from his experience, “you get a lot of satisfaction from treating a vulnerable population.”

In correctional facilities, he said, “these are generally people from disadvantaged backgrounds and it really is a rewarding opportunity.”

Other conference topics will include the Affordable Care Act, suicide prevention and care for mentally ill, transgender, pregnant and elderly inmates.

All conference activities take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. For more information or to register, visit the National Commission on Correctional Health Care website.