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Building Continuity of Care for Chatham County Jail Inmates

2:30pm - 3:30pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


The Chatham County Detention Center (CCDC) is one of the largest jails in Georgia outside of Metropolitan Atlanta, with approximately 18,000 inmates per year. It is estimated that 90% of the inmate population is uninsured (Georgia is a non-Medicaid expansion state) and does not have access to primary or behavioral healthcare. Untreated mental health, substance use disorders, infectious diseases and other chronic conditions are prevalent in this population. Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council administers ChathamHealthLink (CHL), the first established HIEs in Georgia and the only one to connect a county jail. By incorporating the CCDC detainee population in CHL, Chatham County is better able to close the medical information gap and improve patient safety and health outcomes for those within the county’s jail and those transitioning back into the county’s population.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Assess project readiness, local resources and political will necessary to connect a county jail to an HIE
  • Design a process to onboard a county jail to a local HIE and assess possible barriers
  • Design meaningful accountability structure and performance measurements to ensure accountability for healthcare vendor and decrease liability for local governments


Executive Director,
Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council


Government or Public Policy Professional
IT Professional
Population Health Management Professional