Evaluating the L.I.F.E. Program in Correctional Facilities
Allison C. Morrill, JD, PhD, Evaluator
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
The L.I.F.E.® Program is a psycho-educational program for people living with HIV/AIDS. "L.I.F.E." stands for "Learning Immune Function Enhancement". The program is based on scientific research showing that psychological and social "cofactors" can affect the functioning of the nervous and immune systems, and consequently, physical health. These psychosocial cofactors have been shown in HIV disease and other life-threatening illnesses to trigger symptom onset, speed up or slow down disease progression, and enhance or reduce survival time. If people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses understand this dynamic relationship between mind and body, and improve their performance on certain cofactors, then they may benefit from improved physical and psychological health, as well as enhanced immune function and survival time.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), having implemented the L.I.F.E. program for ex-offenders in the community, decided to pilot test it in correctional settings in Massachusetts. The HAB engaged Capacities to conduct an independent evaluation of the feasibility of implementing the L.I.F.E. program within a correctional setting.
For a copy of the report, please contact:Debbie Isenberg, MPH, CHES,
Director, Research and Evaluation
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02108