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File #: 21-6531    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memorandum of Understanding Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/16/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 11/30/2021 Final action:
Title: Request for approval of an agreement with Baylor College of Medicine for the purpose of establishing and implementing a health literacy program involving the facilities and personnel of HCSO and BCM students.
Attachments: 1. 21-6531 BCOM.pdf
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Department: Sheriff
Department Head/Elected Official: Ed Gonzales, Sheriff

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Memorandum of Understanding

Project ID (if applicable): Educational Initiative Program
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): Baylor College of Medicine
MWDBE Participation (if applicable): N/A

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for approval of an agreement with Baylor College of Medicine for the purpose of establishing and implementing a health literacy program involving the facilities and personnel of HCSO and BCM students.
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Background and Discussion:
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) operates a medical school that provides academic programs and courses with respect to healthcare. BCM, through its students on a strictly volunteer basis desires to offer health classes to the incarcerated population at Harris County jail with the aim of increasing health literacy. Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) desires to cooperate with BCM to establish and implement a health literacy program involving the facilities and personnel of HCSO.


Expected Impact:
With approval of the agreement of affiliation, HCSO will be able to obtain volunteer medical students to teach health classes to inmates. These health classes can increase the inmates' knowledge and understanding of common medical illnesses seen in Harris County and particularly in the incarcerated population. The program will also expose medical students to the field of Correctional Healthcare and help them better understand the need for knowledgeable and compassionate physicians to work in correctional healthcare. This exposure may lead to an increased understanding of the unique field of correctional medicine and may also lead to an increased number of medical students choosing a career in Corre...

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