Amelia Hoge, PAHRC Digital Engagement Coordinator

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Amelia Hoge is a person in long-term recovery, entrepreneur, and the Digital Engagement Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC). She has a professional background in digital marketing, social media, copywriting, business development, and coaching. Amelia is also a certified life coach with a private coaching practice and she currently serves as a lead coach for Inner Glow Circle, an internationally accredited coach training company. Amelia has merged her holistic background in coaching, business and marketing with her passion for harm reduction, policy and advocacy to support PAHRC through various digital engagement and marketing initiatives.


  • published PAHRC Monthly Newsletter in News 2019-10-19 20:35:40 -0400

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  • published September Newsletter in PAHRC Monthly Newsletter 2019-10-19 20:23:16 -0400

    September 2019 Newsletter

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    Thank you for being a supporter of our mission here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. We have some exciting updates and announcements for you this month!

    Coalition Updates:

    PAHRC launched our TOP campaign and held our first seminar
    The Treatment Overdose Prevention Campaign is a partnership between state and county substance use disorder treatment facilities and public health departments. On September 12th we held our first TOP seminar, which was a huge success - 30 treatment professionals learned how to better center patient safety in the treatment process. Thank you to those who attended and thank you to our partners, Caron Treatment Centers and Philadelphia Department of Public Health, for making this event possible!

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  • published August Newsletter in PAHRC Monthly Newsletter 2019-10-19 20:18:51 -0400

    August 2019 Newsletter

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    Thank you so much for being a supporter of our mission here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. We have some exciting updates and announcements for you this month!

    Coalition Updates:

    The team at PAHRC took a field trip to NYC this past week to meet with VOCAL-NY, Harm Reduction Coalition, and Katal Center -- we are excited to bring some of the knowledge we learned from organizations that are doing incredible work in NY back to PA!

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  • published July Newsletter in PAHRC Monthly Newsletter 2019-10-19 20:06:14 -0400

    July 2019 Newsletter

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    Thank you so much for being a supporter of our mission here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. We have some exciting updates and announcements for you this month!

    Coalition Updates:

    The deadline for Fall Internship applications is quickly approaching! If you or someone you know is a student passionate about harm reduction, please visit our webpage to learn more about our program, what we are looking for, and the application process. If you have any questions, you are also welcome to respond directly to this email.

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  • published Contact Us 2019-10-12 15:19:22 -0400

    Contact

    For general questions/inquiries, please fill out the form below. We try our best to respond within 3 business days. If you have not heard back from us, please follow up via email at admin@paharmreduction.org!

    If you are contacting us specifically for training requests, please fill out this form instead.


  • published About Us 2019-10-12 14:01:50 -0400

    About

    The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use.

    We carry out our mission by:

    • Increasing knowledge and capacity of those impacted by social inequity, criminalization, and stigma
    • Educating key decision-makers on effective policy and advocating for its implementation 
    • Building community power and leadership through training, outreach, and engagement

    Our current initiatives & campaigns:

    PAHRC is dedicated to advocating for, and with, individuals who are currently using substances to receive competent care and comprehensive services. Our immediate goal is to expand access to sterile injection equipment, naloxone, and other harm reduction oriented services throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We welcome anyone who is interested in promoting evidence-based and humane responses to substance use to join us!


  • published Our Team in About Us 2019-10-08 14:34:28 -0400

    Our Team

     

    Devin Reaves, Executive Director & Co-Founder

    Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007.  He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC).

    The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

    Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools.

     

    Erin Russell, Co-Founder

    Erin Russell partnered with Devin to co-found the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition in 2017. She provides expertise in harm reduction fostered through ten years of progressive responsibility in the field. She got her start as a volunteer with Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s syringe services program in 2008, and served on the organization’s board of directors from 2013 to 2018. Erin currently works in a leadership role with the Maryland Department of Health on harm reduction policy development and program implementation, during which she has been instrumental in passing statewide syringe access legislation in 2016 and a naloxone expansion law in both 2015 and 2017 that made naloxone “over the counter” in Maryland. Erin holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She supports PAHRC with grant writing, policy development, and strategic planning using giant sticky paper.

     

    Sean Fogler, Community Outreach Coordinator

    Sean is a person in long-term recovery, physician and certified recovery specialist. He has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry working as a physician, and with patients, administrators, and insurance organizations. Sean is active in the recovery community and has a special interest in trauma and substance use disorders in professionals. He volunteers as a peer support specialist for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and works to improve public health policy for mental health and substance use disorders. Through his lived experience he educates, informs, and works to battle the shame and stigma that keeps the disease of addiction alive. Prior to beginning residency training Sean worked as a professional equity trader at a boutique firm in New York. He has been an advisor, angel investor and has helped start-ups raise capital and connect with unique high quality investors. Sean’s role at PAHRC involves engagement, education, writing, fund raising and expanding knowledge of the disease of addiction and harm reduction. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Anesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

     

    Jessica Hessler, Community Outreach Specialist

    Jessica Hessler received her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Master of Social Work in Community Organizing and Social Action from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she became interested in design for social innovation, exploring ways to use design with public service, and from there, she turned her focus to harm reduction, policy and advocacy, and stigma reduction during her graduate programs. After having several people in her life impacted by substance use, she gained a firsthand understanding of the complexities of policies and how they impact support, fueling a desire to advocate for change. She also brings experience from working at various nonprofits, Pittsburgh City Council, and a community foundation, as well as a decade of management experience in the for-profit sector. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies and Design Management from Arizona State University in 2013. Jessica will support PAHRC with outreach, community organizing, and project management.

     


    Amelia Hoge, Digital Engagement Coordinator

    Amelia Hoge is a person in long-term recovery, marketing professional and entrepreneur. She has a professional background in digital marketing, social media, copywriting, business development, and coaching. Amelia became interested in online marketing after she launched her first blog in 2015 and quickly discovered her intuitive ability to master a wide range of digital tools. Since then, she has used these skills to support others in increasing their impact in the online space. Amelia is also a certified life coach with a private coaching practice and she currently serves as a lead coach for Inner Glow Circle, an internationally accredited coach training company. Along with 4 years of experience in digital marketing through starting and growing her freelance coaching business, she is currently pursuing a concentrated undergraduate degree in Direct & Interactive Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Amelia has merged her holistic background in coaching, business and marketing with her passion for harm reduction, policy and advocacy to support PAHRC through various digital engagement and marketing initiatives.

     

    Anna Martin, Fall 2019 Intern

    Anna Martin is a graduate student in Temple University's Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management degree program. She received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Temple University. On campus, she was involved with voter registration and peer sexual health education. As an undergraduate, she worked as an Emergency Preparedness Planner for Temple's Office of Emergency Management as well a Research Intern with the Center for Obesity Research and Education. She is passionate about ensuring that all persons are given equitable opportunities for health and happiness. Her interests in political advocacy, disaster management, and improving the lives of persons who use substances intersect around building and sustaining community resiliency. Her long-term goals are to advocate for, create, and implement local public health policies that provide communities with the resources necessary to achieve the best health outcomes. 

     

    Yinde Newby, Fall 2019 Intern

    Yinde Newby is a natural-born activist, published author of two-self help novels, editor and community service coordinator for the Good Girl movement which is an online blog meant to advocate for the return of liberated black woman, free-lance writer for AYA.co which is a company that creates eco-friendly greeting cards, founder of a non-profit called S.I.S. (Sisters.Inspiring.Sisters) which is a mentoring organization that prepares high-school black and brown women for college, and when she is not serving outside, she is serving within her classroom as a 7th grade English Educator helping to transform lives by working to bridge the achievement gap, and to advocate for equity amongst students of color. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University where she majored in Journalism & Communications and minored in English. She is currently pursuing her MPA from Baruch College where she hopes will lead her to being a change agent where she is changing and implementing policies to advocate for prison pipeline elimination, better health care and school systems for black and brown children, and to stop the war on drugs and the very thing that leads to overcrowded prisons and mass incarceration amongst black people. Since she was a child, Yinde was always obsessed with this idea of helping all types of people by doing many jobs, as a child, she thought that she wanted to be an actor now she realizes that wanting to do for people, just makes her human.

    Brian Hackel, Fall 2019 Intern

    After Brian obtained his bachelor's degree in marketing, he sought to use his skills to promote issues that he cares about. His passion for harm reduction grew when he volunteered for over a year with his local syringe exchange program in Chinatown, NYC. Since then, he has been pursuing a masters in addiction studies and is looking forward to using his experiences to help inform others about the benefits of harm reduction and related services for individuals, families, and communities.

     

    Rebecca Bongiovanni, Fall 2019 Intern

    Rebecca "Bekk" Bongiovanni is an activist, parent, and person in recovery motivated to amplify the voices of, and demand policy change to support, stigmatized populations.  She received a BA of Psychology with a focus on gender and human sexuality from Rutgers in Camden in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work from Widener University. Bekk has worked in the field of addiction as a Navigator and Recovery Specialist for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program in New Jersey for the past year, learning first hand the barriers involved in the current recovery services system, and the great need for harm reduction in the community.


  • published Agenda in Statewide Conference 2019-10-04 12:27:36 -0400

    Statewide Conference Agenda - Day 1 & 2

     

    Day 1 Agenda:

    7:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration Open / Breakfast

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Opening Keynote, Commonwealth Ballroom
    Diversion: A Necessary, Yet Temporary Harm Reduction Policing Tool?
    Keynote Speaker: Neill Franklin

    10:00AM-11:00 AM: Breakout Sessions, Multiple Rooms

    • Community, Ash/Birch
      Healthy MOMs means healthy families: A community-based integrated program for pregnant and parenting women with OUD
      Presenters: Kielty Turner, Maria Montoro Edwards, Barbara Durkin
    • Medical, Chestnut/Dogwood
      Providing Low Threshold Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder In Encampments, Lessons Learned From The Street
      Presenters: Andrew Chelius, David Harvey
    • Clinical, Elm/Fir
      Innovations in Pharmacotherapy: Recovery Community Center - Office Based Opioid Treatment Programs
      Presenter: Robert D. Ashford

    11:00 AM-11:15 AM: Break

    11:15 AM-12:45 PM: Lunch Panel, Commonwealth Ballroom
    Trends and Innovation in Drug Policy and Systems: A Multi-sector Discussion
    Panelists: Kassandra Frederique, Tom Hill, Dr. Margaret Jarvis, Ben Levenson

    12:15 PM-12:45 PM: Research Posters, Pennsylvania Ballroom

    12:45 PM-1:00 PM: Break

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Breakout Sessions, Multiple Rooms

    • Community, Ash/Birch
      Promoting health and safety in the nightlife community through peer drug education
      Presenters: Jessica Lipkin, Rae Elkasabany
    • Medical, Chestnut/Dogwood
      HCV management for addiction providers
      Presenter: Stacey Trooskin
    • Clinical, Elm/Fir
      Methadone maintenance therapy: building on its proven past to enhance the future of harm reduction through creative, effective partnerships
      Presenters: Stuart Fisk, Chris Johnston, Jason Snyder

    2:00 PM-2:15 PM: Break

    2:15 PM-3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions, Multiple Rooms

    • Community, Ash/Birch
      The Power of Stories for Stigma Elimination and Community Organizing
      Presenters: Madison Miller, Erin Bergner
    • Medical, Chestnut/Dogwood
      Implementation evaluation of a group-based MAT program in an FQHC: Perspective of staff and patients
      Presenters: Lara Weinstein, Robin Debates, Alexis Silverio
    • Clinical, Elm/Fir
      Housing First & Harm Reduction: Fundamental Rights Hand-in-Hand
      Presenters: Matt Tice, Jeff Jackson

    3:30 PM-4:30 PM: Closing Keynote, Commonwealth Ballroom
    Putting people before politics: Centering harm reduction in the US overdose response
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brandon Marshall


    Day 2 Agenda:

    7:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration Open / Breakfast

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Opening Keynote, Commonwealth Ballroom
    Creating Conditions of Possibility: Harm Reduction as a Pathway to Autonomy, Connection, and Healing
    Keynote Speaker: Monique Tula

    10:00AM-11:00 AM: Breakout Sessions, Multiple Rooms

    • Community, Ash/Birch
      Rx Awareness Campaign: Developing effective resources to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids
      Presenters: LeShaundra Cordier, Brittany Curtis
    • Medical, Chestnut/Dogwood
      Increasing treatment for patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department: the evolution of a peer-led model
      Presenters: Julie Dees, Davis Hermann, Nicole O'Donnell
    • Clinical, Elm/Fir
      What do we want? Therapy? When do we want it? Now? On site therapy services in a harm reduction residential housing program
      Presenters: Dana Davis, Mary Hawk
    • Community, Hemlock
      How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee: How to run a 7 day a week drop-in center in Kensington
      Presenters: Kerri Hartnett, Tracy Camacho

    11:00 AM-11:15 AM: Break

    11:15 AM-12:45 PM: Lunch Panel, Commonwealth Ballroom
    State of the Commonwealth: Insight Into Progress and Opportunities in Pennsylvania
    Panelists: Secretary Smith, Secretary Snead, Secretary Levine, Moderator: Devin Reaves

    12:45 PM-1:00 PM: Break

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Breakout Sessions, Multiple Rooms

    • Community, Ash/Birch
      Pennsylvania County-Level Vulnerability Assessment: Predicting HIV/Hepatitis C Outbreaks in Pennsylvania
      Presenter: Lauren Orkis
    • Medical, Chestnut/Dogwood
      Creating a Continuum of Harm Reduction Focused Housing to Meet the Needs of People who Use Drugs
      Presenters: Dale Tippet, Megan Abrams
    • Clinical, Elm/Fir
      Harm Reduction as a Treatment
      Presenters: Kevin Moore, Trisha Acri
    • Community, Hemlock
      How to Make a HERO: Lessons Learned from an Academic-Grassroots Advocacy Building Partnership
      Presenters: Mary Hawk, Devin Reaves, Michael Mallon

    2:00 PM-2:15 PM: Break

    2:15 PM-3:15 PM: Closing Keynote, Commonwealth Ballroom
    Innovative Harm Reduction Strategies for Stimulants
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sheila P Vakharia, MSW


  • Treatment Overdose Prevention (TOP) Campaign

    At the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition, we believe everyone deserves professional evidence-based care that is sensitive to the needs of the individual and the reality of the current drug supply. Individuals with opioid use disorder or those who use opioids, along with those recently released from treatment programs, are at highest risk of overdose. To mitigate risk in these populations, we are introducing the Treatment Overdose Prevention (TOP) Campaign. TOP faces the overdose crisis head on and delivers overdose prevention education, training, and naloxone distribution to those who need it most.

    In 2018, almost 70,000 Americans died from a drug overdose, and among those two thirds were associated with opioids. In Pennsylvania, we have the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country — and a rate that is twice the national average. Our overdose death public health crisis is directly related to the increased use of illicit, short acting, and high potency fentanyl. The good news is that we have naloxone, an effective evidence based harm reduction medication that prevents overdose deaths.

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  • published Careers in About Us 2019-04-09 14:52:51 -0400

    Careers at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition

    Open Positions:

    We currently do not have any open positions. We will update this page as opportunities become available. In the meantime, you are always welcome to email your Resume & Cover Letter to devin@paharmreduction.org if you would like us to keep you in mind for future opportunities!


  • published training 2019-04-07 21:58:39 -0400

    Harm Reduction Training Initiative

    A key piece of our mission here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC) is to educate others and provide solutions around the topics of substance use disorder, harm reduction, advocacy, recovery, medication-assisted recovery, social inequality, and the war on drugs.

    With the support of our Executive Director Devin Reaves, PAHRC has developed a harm reduction training initiative to help us further our mission to help professionals and community members make strides towards positive change in the keystone state. Our experienced trainers have facilitated trainings for a wide range of groups including law enforcement, healthcare professionals, social workers, lawyers, judges, parents, peer advocates, teens, college students, and more.



    Some of our recent trainings include:
    Community Advocacy Trainings
    Harm Reduction for Recovery Coaches
    Harm Reduction in Treatment Settings
    Public Health Response to Overdose Crisis for Law Enforcement


    More about Devin Reaves:

    Devin brings in years of experience and a wealth of knowledge into the trainings he designs for PAHRC. Since graduating with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, Devin has presented at conferences and delivered multiple keynotes on a variety of topics including utilizing psychopharmacology for opioid use disorder, harm reduction, the multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder, and structural racism and its effects on health care. He has also done corporate training since 2012 while working with Red Kite Project, training new employees and senior staff at SEPTA on cultural competency, de-escalation techniques and customer service. His facilitation style has been influenced by many teachers and methodologies, making the training curriculum he builds for PAHRC to be creative, interactive and impactful.

    "Devin has a way of capturing his audience unlike many others in the field. He engages you directly and brings you into the conversation. He's experienced in and educated on a variety of critical issues affecting individuals in communities around the country. He's highly regarded and makes for an excellent choice for a number of different speaking engagements."
    -
    Tim Rabolt, Executive Director, Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

    “Devin Reaves, the opening keynote speaker at the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, is truly captivating from his personal testimonial, as a person living in recovery, to his professional expertise. Devin highlights the importance of advocacy and community organization throughout the country and how to help others find resilience in recovery by guiding individuals on a path to wellness.”
    - Anthony “Tony” Capizzi, Administrative Judge, Montgomery County Juvenile Court


    Please submit a request below if you are interested in working with PAHRC to organize a training for your community/organization. We can't wait to hear from you!


  • published Internships in About Us 2019-04-09 15:26:22 -0400

    Internships at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition

    We here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition believe that internships are invaluable experiences for both the students and our organization. We hope to give interns the opportunity to be exposed to real life experiences doing public health, advocacy, and learning the inner workings of non-profit work.

    About us

    The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC) is a collaboration between various organizations including treatment providers, harm reduction programs, medical entities, social service agencies, academia, criminal justice reform projects, activists, and ordinary people.

    The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

    Internship Program

    We’re seeking passionate and hardworking interns to help us further our mission here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. This internship is an unpaid, remote position and we accept interns each semester: Summer, Fall, and Spring. Dates and deadlines for 2019-2020 is listed below.

    Before the start of the internship, we will be having an internship orientation day. Dates to be determined based on the semester you’re applying for.

    Interns will receive training and support for their professional growth and development and they will have the opportunity to work closely with our team and executive director in one or more of the following areas:

    Public Health/Social Work/Public Policy:

    • Advocacy - Assisting in PAHRC’s harm reduction advocacy efforts including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and assisting in the creation of materials, blog posts, and presentations.
    • Policy - Assisting in campaigning initiatives, political communications, and advocacy for progressive harm reduction policies.
    • Program Planning & Development - Assisting in the planning and execution of events and organizational development efforts

    Marketing/Digital Engagement:

    • Marketing - Assisting in the planning & development of digital marketing campaigns for a wide range of projects such as our HERO Initiative, our TOP Campaign, Law Enforcement trainings, and our Statewide Conference.
    • Digital Advocacy & Communications - Creating content for email blasts & digital campaigns
    • Social Media & Content Strategy - Generating ideas for social media content, as well as scheduling out posts via Buffer
    • Website & CRM Management: Supporting our website & database management activities through our NationBuilder software.
    • Optional skills: We are currently seeking someone with experience in video editing for social media.

    Qualifications

    Ideal candidates should have:

    • Relevant experience or education in the area you are applying for
    • Experience in or a strong passion for harm reduction
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to multi-task & manage priorities in a fast-paced work environment
    • Ability to work flexible hours and exceptional time-management skills
    • Since this is a remote position, self-discipline with an ability to meet deadlines on your own is crucial

    How to apply

    • To apply for the Public Health/Social Work/Public Policy internship, please submit a one-page cover letter and your Resume/CV to devin@paharmreduction.org.
    • To apply for the Marketing/Digital Engagement internship, please submit a one-page cover letter and your Resume/CV to amelia@paharmreduction.org.

    We strongly encourage people with lived experience of substance use, incarceration, homelessness, and/or sex work; people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities; and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C to apply for internships with us.

    Dates and Deadlines

    • Fall 2019:
      Application deadline: July 26th, 2019
      Interviews conducted: Between August 1st-9th
      Selections and notifications: August 12th

    • Spring 2020:
      Application deadline: November 23rd, 2019
      Interviews conducted: Between December 1st-10th
      Selections and notifications: December 15th

  • published HERO Initiative in Get Involved 2019-02-10 16:11:34 -0500

    Welcome to our H.E.R.O. Initiative!

    As the current overdose crisis continues to ravage our communities it is critical that we unite our voices - those of us who are students, who are in public health or helping professions, or who are personally affected by the opioid epidemic. Together we can use our voices, skills, & education to influence policy and save lives!

    The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition is looking to better organize our existing base of volunteers, people in recovery, and individuals passionate about ending the overdose epidemic into regional advocacy teams in an effort to better educate legislators and local policy makers on the most effective and compassionate responses to the opioid epidemic.

    Through our HERO Initiative, we will be holding advocacy trainings across the state to provide attendees with actionable steps to advocate for policy change and the skills to be part of helping to enact progressive change in the Keystone State.

    • Gain knowledge on the basics of harm reduction and what is meant by spectrum of recovery
    • Discover how a bill is made and what that means for policy advocacy
    • Demystify and the process of interacting with elected officials. Find out about the different ways to initiate a conversation and increase confidence in those exchanges
    • Learn how to craft your story and gain the necessary talking points for a successful visit with your elected officials

    Join us by becoming a HERO in your community!

       

     


  • published Get Involved 2019-01-30 12:42:31 -0500

    Engage. Empower. Heal.

    Images of eventsAs outlined in our mission statement, the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition actively works to empower individuals impacted by harms associated with substance misuse and related disorders, to become agents of change within their communities.

    We encourage individuals and organizations to get involved with PAHRC by signing up to become advocates and by joining our current campaigns.


  • signed up on Become an Advocate 2019-01-11 20:08:19 -0500

    Become an Advocate

    PAHRC believes that grassroots advocacy is the most effective way to create change and effectively respond to the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. When done well, grassroots advocacy creates space for anyone and everyone who cares about an issue to share their stories, speak their truths, and advocate for the policies they believe in. That’s why PAHRC needs you: your story, ideas, and passion can only make us stronger and more effective advocates, care providers, and compassionate human beings.

    How We Engage in Grassroots Advocacy

    We train Advocates to speak effectively about their personal experience and equip them with research on access to sterile syringes, the importance of naloxone, and other harm reduction methods. Our Advocates work across the state and support each other in having conversations and reaching out to members of their communities. Chances are that you have already done some advocacy work in your community without realizing it: whether it’s at a family dinner, in a school club, or with your friends, we want to give you the tools to keep doing it and become even more effective.

    Join us by signing up below.

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