Denise Hannagan Achieves Correctional Health Professional Certification

Denise Hannagan

Denise Hannagan, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, EDAC, senior healthcare consultant, is the latest at HDR to earn professional certification in the field of correctional healthcare. With advanced degrees in both nursing and healthcare administration, Denise is now able to add Certified Correctional Health Professional to her list of accreditations. Denise’s new certification will further increase the Justice practice’s clinical connection to the healthcare teams of our clients and assist in the translation of operations, policies and procedures required for quality and safe patient care within correctional settings.

“As a registered nurse, I have always had an interest in the correctional healthcare delivery system," said Hannagan. "A primary focus in healthcare today for the general public is how to receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place — it is also a concern for the incarcerated population.” 

CCHP certification promotes correctional healthcare professionals’ knowledge, understanding and application of standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate healthcare in the correctional environment; their role in delivering that care; the basic legal principals underlying their practice; and their ethical obligations. CCHP is highly regarded as a symbol of accomplishment and self-improvement and provides immeasurable benefits.

Established in 1989 by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, the CCHP certification program was the first to recognize professionalism and excellence among individuals employed in correctional healthcare. The credential is awarded to professionals who have met the program’s eligibility requirements and who pass a national examination. The program is governed by the CCHP Board of Trustees, which is composed of 10 correctional healthcare experts from a variety of health professions.


NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in the nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC offers a wide range of services and programs to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high-quality healthcare. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program; provides resource publications; offers technical assistance and quality review programs; and conducts educational training and conferences. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the health, legal, and correctional fields. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.

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