Contributed by Alicia Dugan, PhD and Sara Namazi, MPH UConn Health, Farmington, CT
Poor sleep quality and quantity: A health and safety concern among correctional supervisors
Design and implementation of the healthy sleep intervention for correctional supervisors
The DT recruited 101 supervisors to pilot-test the intervention and divided participants into two groups to test the effectiveness of specific intervention components. Group A (n=51) only received the Healthy Sleep Training and took a survey before the training and two surveys after the completing the training (one month, three months after). Group B (n=50) received the Healthy Sleep Training and used CorrectSleep for two weeks prior to the training. Group B took a survey prior to using CorrectSleep and two weeks after app use, as well as a survey prior to the training, and one and three months after the training. All participants also received a weekly “Sleep Tip” via email that reinforced the content delivered during the Healthy Sleep Training, with reminders to use the sleep hygiene and mediation practice they learned to improve their sleep (Dugan et al., 2017). We examined key dissemination and implementation (D&I) outcomes (adoption, sustainability, and diffusion) to determine the perceived appeal of the designed interventions.
Evaluation of the healthy sleep intervention for correctional supervisors
Findings of the Healthy Sleep Intervention study showed that using community-based participatory research in corrections could result in evidence-based interventions that improve the total worker health of correctional workers. Moreover, it provides evidence that participatory approaches can increase program sustainability; the success of this study empowered correctional supervisor union to negotiate a one-day annual training on health and wellness for correctional supervisors, in which the Healthy Sleep Training will be an ongoing core component.
Alicia Dugan (principal investigator) and Sara Namazi (graduate student) are research staff at CPH-NEW that work with the Connecticut Supervisors Council (supervisors’ union). Their correctional research primarily focuses on well-being and work-life issues among correctional employees, and uses community-based participatory research in correctional settings.
This study was supported by the CPH-NEW pilot grant program, funded by Grant Number 1 U19 OH008857 from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.