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The Burlington Probation and Parole population confronts numerous social, economic, and healthcare challenges upon their return to the community. While health and healthcare issues of inmates have been studied extensively, the health status and medical issues of the reentry offenders, particularly in rural areas have not been previously assessed. Data about health risks, major medical issues, and lifestyle choices among offenders on parole in the rural setting may prove helpful in the identification of preventative measures and development of strategies to promote positive health behaviors among the target population. The aim of this study is to evaluate the health risks among offenders on parole in the Burlington area and guide recommendations towards improving their health outcomes through community and educational initiatives. We also sought to gain a better understanding of the barriers within the rural setting that prevent positive health behaviors among the parolees upon their reintegration into the community


Herb Sinkinson, State of Vermont Department of Corrections

Jill Jemison, University of Vermont College of Medicine


State of Vermont Department of Corrections


Access to Health Services, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Family Planning, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Nutrition and Weight Status, Physical Activity, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Tobacco Use

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Assessing Health Needs of the Burlington Probation and Parole Population