Health Behind Bars at #MACoCon

Maryland’s correctional officers are charged with one of the most demanding jobs in the state, balancing budgets while meeting the needs, including health care, of our sizable inmate population.

At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Health Behind Bars,” a diverse panel including several health care professionals and a correctional officer will run through the very specific health care needs of inmates and how these needs are met.

Health Behind Bars

Description: COVID created an unprecedented public health crisis across the state, including behind bars. Learn how local correctional facilities established continuity of care in the most stressful environments, while also implementing continually revised COVID protocols. Also, gain insight into how correctional facilities are tackling the state’s other pending public health crisis, opioid overdoses and death, through expanded medication assisted treatment. 


  • Aliya Jones, Deputy Secretary of the Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health
  • Larry Polsky, Health Officer, Calvert County
  • Mary Ann Thompson, Vice President, Maryland Correctional Administrators Association
  • Larry Doll, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Wellpath Care

Moderator: The Honorable Corey W. Pack, Council Member, Talbot County

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from December 8-10.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: