Risky Food Behind Bars: A Public Health Burden

Tuesday, October 20
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 157726

Speakers will examine the disproportionate burden of outbreak-associated foodborne illnesses experienced by incarcerated persons, as evidenced through CDC surveillance data. Context-specific interventions, including food safety practices and legal oversight, can impact the type and frequency of these outbreaks and reduce gaps in preventative measures. Using legal epidemiology methods, this session highlights identified factors unique to correctional settings that affect foodborne outbreaks and identifies targeted solutions for the registered dietitian nutritionist.

Planned with the Dietetics in Health Care Communities Dietetic Practice Group

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the disproportionate burden of foodborne illness in correctional settings
  • Recognize food safety issues specific to correctional institutions and assess how targeted, context specific interventions could be applied, including the role and types of laws aimed at preventing foodborne illnesses.
  • Successfully articulate the need for prevention measures specific to this marginalized population and apply potential public health and legal solutions going forward.

Performance Indicators:

  • 12.1.4 Influences legislation, regulation, and policy
    changes to impact nutrition in the community
  • 7.1.3 Investigates and analyzes work environment
    to identify safety issues and risks to self, staff,
    customers, public and organization.
  • 7.2.5 Develops, implements and adheres to policies
    and procedures to optimize food and water safety.


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    Mitchel Holliday, EdD, RDN, FAND

    Federal Bureau of Prisons

  • Speaker(s)

  • Risky Food Behind Bars: A Public Health Burden -

    Hilary Whitham, PhD, MPH

    Senior Epidemiologist and Advisor

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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    Amanda Moreland, JD, MPH

    Public Health Analyst

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention