CHP RNs Gear Up for CCHP-RN Certification

Courtney Evans, H.S.A. at Missoula County Detention Center in Montana, and RNs Rhonda Ramsey and Laurel Furniss plan to take the Certified Correctional Health Professional-RN (CCHP-RN) certification exam this June.

“It’s important to continue to grow and learn as nurses,” says Evans. Ideally, she would like all her clinical staff to become CCHP or CCHP-RN certified.

When Dee Butler, CHP Director of Clinical Services, achieved her CCHP-RN credential last year, she was one of 151 in the United States, demonstrating the rarity of the certification.

Study content for the exam is valuable for day-to-day healthcare delivery.  Evans says study guides provide “in depth insight to what’s important in the job and where the focus needs to be.”

The CCHP exam tests mastery of National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation standards. Passing the exam represents the ability to meet the challenges of delivering correctional healthcare and mastery of day to day correctional jail healthcare operations.

Evans describes correctional nursing as “a super interesting job where you learn something new every day.”

CHP wishes Evans, Furniss, and Ramsey good luck for their CCHP-RN exam preparation!


CHP’s Dr. Parris Awarded by AANP

doc parris blogDr. Parris shown (center) holding the AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award. Dr. Parris is surrounded by the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections medical team

Each year, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners presents an award to a nurse practitioner advocate for each state.  This year, Correctional Health Partners’ Dr. Herbert Parris is the recipient for Colorado.

Dr. Parris has served as the Medical Director for Colorado’s Division of Youth Corrections since 2007. As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Parris’ commitment and expertise improve the quality of healthcare provided to the youth residing in DYC facilities.

CHP is proud to have Dr. Parris as part of our team and for his service to DYC youth and the community.

Philippines’ Mission Sets Life Changing Record


Dr. Steve Krebs, Correctional Health Partners’ Chief Medical Officer, led a record-setting mission in the Philippines this early February. Over 115 kids benefited from cleft lip and palate surgeries performed by Uplift Internationale’s volunteer medical staff of 41 for over five and half days. The Denver-based charity organization organizes and funds missions to provide surgeries free of charge to correct facial deformities of children in rural, poverty stricken Philippines islands. This year’s mission accomplished almost double the surgeries performed during 2012’s mission.

Welcome pic Taghoy

Krebs, who has participated on the mission for five consecutive years, was the lead physician for a second year on the Sargio Island mission.

 “Cleft lips profoundly affect children’s ability to go to school and get a job. You can make a big difference in a kid’s life with a 70 year benefit,” says Krebs.

Uplift Internationale’s work is especially beneficial as Philippines’ residents must pay for healthcare upfront – a mandate preventing healthcare for most residents, who ultimately succumb to illness or trauma.

Surgical team_Taghoy

The medical staff worked out of a local district hospital that, while new, has no working plumbing or its own anesthesiologist on staff. The hospital offers rudimentary amenities, serving residents primarily for vaccinations and delivery of babies.

To accommodate the lack of plumbing, Dr. Krebs says, “We took gallons of hand sanitizer with us”.

Working out of two operating rooms, medical staff performed over 16 cleft palate surgeries a day.


Uplift Internationale is unique from other organizations because it trains locals whenever possible to perform surgeries themselves to aid future patients, Krebs says. He learned about the organization when mentioning to a patient that he had always wanted to visit the Philippines. That patient happened to be Dr. Jamie Yastorza, the founder of Uplift Internationale.

Because many kids require two surgeries for complete treatment, Uplift Internationale makes two-year rotations to a particular location. Next year’s mission will also take place on Sargio Island to treat children who could not undergo surgery this year due to illness or need a second procedure.

Mission participants are unpaid volunteers and cover their own travel expenses of approximately $2000.

Group_KrebsKrebs strongly encourages PHP and CHP employees to volunteer. Nursing and non-medical outreach opportunities exist to treat patients, talk with patient family members, take pictures and help with paperwork.

Visit to learn more about the organization.

New Member on CHP Client Decision Support Team

Correctional Health Partners welcomes Mark Overturf to their client decision support team as Data Analyst!

Mark brings a wide variety of analytical experience from various business sectors, including health care where he had previous engagements with MetLife, PacifiCare, McKesson, Express Scripts, and Kaiser Permanente. His knowledge and expertise with analysis of Incurred But Not Reported (IBNR) claims, as well as financial, utilization and pharmacy data, are a valuable asset to meeting reporting needs of both our internal and external clients. Welcome Mark!

CHP & PHP Support Families in Need through Food Drive

Each year PHP and CHP employees select an organization in or community to support through volunteer efforts and fundraising activities. In 2012, the Action Center was chosen as our philanthropic organization. The Action Center serves homeless and working poor families throughout Jefferson County. Their mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency.

Our employees recently joined together to collect generous donations for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Their contributions will help feed hundreds of people in need within our community!


To learn more about the Action Center, visit:


PHP and CHP Raise Funds to Support the Domestic Violence Initiative

Each year PHP and CHP employees ban together to give back to our community.  In 2011, we chose to adopt 12 families through the Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI).  DVI is Colorado’s only agency dedicated to helping men, women and children with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence or caretaker abuse.

Through various employee fundraising activities, we raised enough money to deliver lots of great Christmas gifts for the kids to open and $900 worth of King Soopers gift cards so each family could enjoy a bountiful Christmas dinner.  We are also thrilled to have raised $2,500 that will go toward sustaining DVI operations and allow them to offer financial assistance, support and guidance to these victims.

CHP Supports Colorado Jail Association Mission to Help Families in Need

The Colorado Jail Association is committed to helping colleagues within the Colorado detention and corrections community that are going through a difficult time.  Each year, CJA holds a fundraising drive to raise money for this mission.  Correctional Health Partners is honored to support CJA through a financial contribution to help individuals and families during their time of need.