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Dr. John May
Dr. John May of North Miami, Florida is the founder of Health through Walls, a nonprofit organization of correctional health care professionals who volunteer and provide consultation and health care services in the prisons of developing countries such as in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Tanzania. As a FAVACA volunteer, Dr. May shared his knowledge and expertise in 2007 with Dr. Elie St-Pierre, Medical Director of the National Penitentiary in Haiti and other prison health professionals and staff in an effort to eradicate scabies in Haiti's National Penitentiary System. In 2004, he delivered similar services to the national penitentiary system in the Dominican Republic. Dr. May is the Chief Medical Officer for Armor Correctional Health Services of Miami which provides health care services in jails and prisons across the United States.
JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER RECEIVES HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE. Progress and Development, PRODEV, an organization involved in youth development and education, requested FAVACA's assistance to look at health conditions in the youth detention center and provide basic health care training for the facility staff. FAVACA partnered with Dr. John May, Director and founder of "Health through Walls", an organization that works with local correctional administrations and health care staff of developing nations. Dr. May, Dr. Nirva Derizier and Mr. Jean Fenelon, Health though Walls' staff were accompanied by Ms. Jennifer Harris, Nurse Instructor at Barry University and former nurse at EMSA Correctional Care in Palm Beach. They traveled to Haiti from March 31 to April 1, 2007 to assist the youth detention center and conduct needs assessments. The volunteers provided medical checkups to the 116 youth and treated several cases of scabies. The group made comprehensive recommendations to the center's staff on how to address the facilities health related issues.
SCABIES TO BE ERADICATED IN HAITI'S NATIONAL PENITENTIARY The medical director of the National Penitentiary in Haiti, Dr. Elie St-Pierre, requested FAVACA'S assistance to eradicate scabies in Haiti's National Penitentiary. Dr. John May is Director of "Health through Walls", a Florida-based non-profit volunteer organization made up of doctors, nurses, and technicians. Health through Walls specializes in prison healthcare services and assisting jail and prison programs in developing countries to provide sustainable healthcare. Dr. May traveled along with his staff, Dr. Nirva Derizier and Mr. Jean Fenelon, March 30-31 to work with Haiti's medical staff prison to increase their skills on prison's most frequent diseases' auscultation. Ms. Jennifer Harris, a repeat volunteer for FAVACA and instructor at Barry University nursing school with solid background in health prison programs, assisted Dr. May's group. They met with Dr. Elie St-Pierre, head of National Penitentiary Health Department and discussed ways to train through FAVACA the prison's staff on a regular basis.
DOMINICAN PRISON OFFICIALS ARMED AGAINST DISEASE. In July 2004, FAVACA joined forces with the Florida based Health Through Walls program and the Dominican non-profit Fundación Genesis to lay the ground work for improving prison health in the Dominican Republic. Poor prison living conditions combined with people living in close proximity are ideal conditions for the rapid spread of disease. This presents a public health risk with guards and visitors passing in and out of the prison walls. As a follow-up to the initial consultation Dr. John May, North Miami, returned to Santo Domingo and presented their findings from July and worked with the prison health officials to finalize a health screening instrument. May was joined by technician Marcelino Irzarry, Miami. On November 7-10, 2004, May and Irzarry, along with representatives of Fundación Genesis, reviewed the data collected and together presented the data and screening tool to health officials at La Victoria Penitentiary.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CONFRONTS PRISON HEALTH CONDITIONS. FAVACA joined forces with the Florida based Health Through Walls program and the Dominican non-profit Fundación Genesis to lay the ground work for improving prison health in the Dominican Republic. Poor prison living conditions combined with people living in close proximity are ideal conditions for the rapid spread of disease. This presents a public health risk with guards and visitors passing in and out of the prison walls. The team from Health Through Walls consisted of 4 professionals from Florida. FAVACA supported the travel of two team members Dr. John May, North Miami, and Evener Liberal, Miami. They worked for three days at La Victoria Penitentiary to screen over 100 inmates. Along with providing treatment the team worked on developing a screening tool for local officials, identified common health needs and provided training on identifying infectious disease to the prison health staff. Several diseases were detected including four active cases of tuberculosis. The team traveled to Santo Domingo July 21-25, 2004.