Making a Difference Behind the Walls

FREE Panel Discussion for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Sunday, October 23 at 4 pm - 5 pm

Correctional health care is a challenging field and common perceptions of it are often dramatized and inaccurate. Aspiring health care
professionals are invited to hear from leaders who will share their experiences and answer your questions. If you’re considering a career
serving in our nation’s jails and prisons, attend this panel to explore the opportunities, challenges, and rewards.


Sam Soltis, PhD, FACHE, MHA, CCHP

Chairman of the NCCHC Board

Dr. Soltis retired in 2018 after a 34-year career in health care
administration. He is  the former deputy director of health services for the South Carolina Department of Corrections


Jeffrey Alvarez, MD, CCHP-P, CCHP-A 

CMO, NaphCare 

A national expert on correctional health care, Dr. Alvarez chaired the 2018 revision of the NCCHC Standards and is a physician surveyor for the NCCHC facility
accreditation program.


Nancy Booth, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN

National Consultant

Ms. Booth  is the former director of nursing services and supervisor of  case management for San Diego County jails, a system with over 84,000 annual admissions.


Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP-MH 

Director of Mental Health Services, University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care 

In addition to his clinical work for UTMB, Dr. Penn is a clinical professor in the UTMB Department of Psychiatry and a member of the NCCHC board.


Following the presentation, students are invited to attend the opening exhibit hall reception of the National Conference on Correctional Health
Care from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. They are encouraged to network with attendees and exhibitors, including company recruiters.