North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program
The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) is a private membership organization representing healthcare providers in North Carolina and is solely concerned with the success of health centers. NCCHCA serves as a valuable resource for health centers, providing training and technical assistance in clinical service delivery, governance, workforce development, and administration. In addition, the North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program is developing patient-centered primary care medical homes for returning incarcerated people with chronic medical illnesses, mental illness, or substance use disorder. The NC FIT Program works to improve the state prison system and promote reintegration. The NC FIT Program utilizes specially trained community health workers (CHWs) with a history of incarceration to build relationships and trust and serve as peer navigators in all reentry phases. The FIT program focuses on culturally competent, patient-centered medical care that can meet the complex needs of people returning to communities with multiple chronic conditions.