Many of our members offer harm reduction programs, Other members may be just beginning to contemplate programs or next steps in scaling up existing services. Join us for a 1-hour online meet-up to hear from our three panelists who find themselves at different stages in the journey, with lots of time for Q&A and discussion with colleagues across the province. Be sure to share this invitation with your harm reduction staff, as there will be great takeaways for everyone!
AHC: Harm Reduction Online Meet-Up
Monday, September 30, 1:00-2:00pm ET
Save the Date, a link to join the meet-up will follow later this month.
Rob Boyd, Oasis Program, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Ottawa
Oasis provides harm reduction-based medical and social services to people who inject drugs or smoke crack or crystal meth. They offer primary care, HIV and hepatitis C treatment, opioid agonist treatment, mental health diagnosis and treatment, opiate and intensive case management services, drop-in support and socialization and harm reduction supply distribution. The Oasis supervised consumption services include injection, snorting and swallowing of drugs, drug checks through point of care mass spectrometry and has recently been exempted to allow for peer-assisted injection. Their comprehensive, integrated model of service is embedded within the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre which works with a broader population mandate for primary care and substance use and mental health.
Jason Mercredi, AIDS Saskatoon
AIDS Saskatoon is a community-based, harm reduction organization, dedicated to providing support, prevention, and education services for people living with, affected by, and vulnerable to Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and hepatitis C (HCV). They are currently in the process of opening the first supervised consumption site in Saskatchewan.
Julie Dingwell, Avenue B, Saint John
Avenue B Harm Reduction Inc. (formerly AIDS Saint John) distributes needles, crack pipe kits and condoms to help those engaged in drug use or sex work avoid being infected with blood-borne infections. They have recently launched their Peer Health Navigator Project, an initiative that trains workers to offer support to Saint John’s population of drug users through education, peer outreach, and front-line interventions.