Three weeks ago, I packed my bags and flew across the country to attend the ADA FDI World Dental Congress. I had the honor of being chosen as one of ASDA’s student delegates to attend the meeting, and I was eager to represent dental students in the broader organized dentistry community.
According to 2016 data from the World Prison Brief, released by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, the United States has the highest national rate of imprisonment: 655 jailed persons per 100,000 of the national population. Canada and Mexico have rates of 114 and 164, respectively. The United States houses over 2 million inmates in 4,455 facilities that may fall under local, state or federal jurisdiction. Inmates are a huge sector of the American population. They’re a group that may not come to mind when thinking about our country’s most vulnerable populations, yet they face significant barriers to accessing adequate health care.