Harm Reduction Track

SYNChronicity Organizers and The Harm Reduction Coalition Introduce A New Harm Reduction Track
SYNChronicity organizers (HealthHIVHealthHCV, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health) collaborated with The Harm Reduction Coalition to create an intersectional track syncing harm reduction issues across HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ health. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies aimed at reducing the negative consequences around drug use; it is person-centered, non-judgmental and addresses drug use in the context of a person’s life. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts in the field during the following presentations: Harm Reduction: Balancing Flexibility and AdvocacyBarriers to Care: Racism and StigmaDe-escalation: A Community Skill; and Queering Narratives on Harm Reduction

Overview of Track Sessions

Session 1: Harm Reduction: Balancing Flexibility and Advocacy

Speakers (l/r):

      • Kacey Byczek, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Tamika Jackson, Harm Reduction CoalitionJasmine Tasaki, WeCareTN, Memphis
      • Katherine Huynh, Delaware Valley Community Health
      • A. Toni Young, Community Education Group, DC and WV

Session 2: Barriers to Care: Racism and Stigma 

Speakers (l/r):

      • Charles Hawthorne, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Frances Fu, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Hiawatha Collins, Harm Reduction Coalition (Not Pictured)
      • Braunz Courtney, HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC)
      • Ashley Rojas, Fresno Barrios Unidos

Session 3: De-Escalation

Speakers (l/r):

      • Kacey Byczek, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Nathalia Gibbs, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Haley Coles, Sonoran Prevention Works

Session 4: Lighthouse Learning Collective: Queering Narratives on Harm Reduction

Speakers (l/r):

      • Nathalia Gibbs, Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Graciela Razo, Safe Horizon (Not Pictured)
      • Sessi Blanchard, NY based Journalist

Learning Objectives:

      • Identify best practices in harm reduction advocacy used in response to COVID
      • Discuss the influence of racism, stigma, criminalization in creating barriers to care
      • Identify practical strategies for implementing trauma-informed de-escalatio
      • Discuss the legacy and principles of queer activism, the spectrums of gender, and the importance of intersectional frameworks in building solidarity