Registered Dietitians: The Missing Link in Correctional Health Care 

Medical staff do not have the time or training to manage food/nutrition issues. What to do when patients provide information on allergies, request additional food and extra protein, and need nutrition education? This presentation will describe the role of the correctional registered dietitian and how having such a position at the facility will allow medical staff to do what they do best. The session will include an explanation of the nutrition assessment process for educating individuals needing therapeutic diets, food allergies, double portions, and protein drinks. The assessment will be used to develop sample menus for food services. Finally, participants will examine real life scenarios demonstrating how correctional registered dietitians are the missing link in correctional health care.


Educational Objectives

• Describe a correctional dietitian

Differentiate between the role of correctional medical staff and correctional dietitians

Evaluate nutrition-related scenarios common at correctional facilities


Jennifer Jackson, EdD, RDN, LDN has been a registered and licensed dietitian for over 20 years, working as a correctional dietitian for 9 of these years, for her company, Keystone Nutrition. She provides nutrition assessments to address the need for protein drinks, double portions, and food allergies, provides nutrition education for medical conditions, develops and analyzes menus, and teaches sanitation classes for people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor, teaching nutrition courses at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Baton Rouge Community College. Dr. Jackson holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Marywood University, and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  

Webinar Fee:

$65 ($55 for CCHPs), includes access to the power point presentation, the webinar recording and CE credit – 1.00 hours for ACCME, ANCC, APA, and CCHP.

Continuing education credit (1.00 hours) available for:

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

NCCHC designates this educational activity for 1.00 contact hours.


Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 1.00 hours of credit.


CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 1.00 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.


Social Workers, counselors and others: When evaluating the presentation, select the “General” category, print your certificate, and use it to report directly to your certifying board. 

Financial Disclosures:

Dr. Jennifer Jackson, EdD, RDN, LDN, has no financial disclosures. No education committee members have disclosed any financial interest or relationships with a commercial entity.


NCCHC Education Committee

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, CCHP-CP (chair)

Patricia Blair, PhD, JD, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A (vice-chair)

Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP-MH

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH

Eileen Couture, DO, RN, CCHP-P

Todd Haiken, MPA, EMT, CCHP

Amy Jo Harzke, DrPH

Keith Ivens, MD

Michael Johnson, DDS, MPH

Susan Laffan, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

Tami Rodriguez, PharmD

Lori Roscoe, DNP, PhD, CCHP-RN

Samuel Soltis, PhD, MHA, CCHP

Staff Liaisons: Toyin Alaka, Kim Sterling, MBA, CAE

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When and Where
  • 11/14/2023 1:00 PM CST
  • 11/14/2023 2:00 PM CST
  • Webinar
  • Chicago
  • IL