Prison Health News

The Prison Health News newsletter, published four times a year for people in prison, strives to lift up the voices, experience and expertise of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They are the only resource that responds to requests for health information from people in prisons and jails everywhere in the United States.

Prison Health News was founded by John Bell and Laura McTighe at Philadelphia FIGHT 2003, with assistance from John S James of AIDS Treatment News. In 2009, Teresa Sullivan and others from Reaching Out: A Support Group With Action continued the work. It then moved to the Institute for Community Justice at Philadelphia FIGHT until becoming an independent organization in 2019. 

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  • Issue 26, Fall 2015
  • Issue 25, Summer 2015
  • Issue 24, Spring 2015
  • Issue 23, Winter 2015 also view Vitamins Part 2 References.
    Correction: In the Winter 2015 issue, an article about vitamins included a mistake in the section about how much sunlight people need in order to get enough vitamin D3. It should have read, “Each day, you need 10 minutes of direct sunlight if your skin is white, 15 to 20 minutes if your skin is brown or tan, and more than 20 minutes if your skin is black.” New data from research studies show that more sunlight than this may be needed. However, the National Institutes of Health has not changed its medical guidelines for vitamin D yet.