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  • published Careers in Internships 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 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)

    Please submit a request 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 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 (no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019), 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


    • Digital Media & Marketing - Assisting in various digital media projects such as graphic design, social media, digital communications, marketing campaigns, and website management.
    • Strategy & Community Organizing - Assisting in the growth of our coalition through community outreach, recruiting advocates, and developing organizational growth strategies and initiatives.


    Ideal candidates should have:

    • Relevant experience or education in the area you are applying for
    • Experience in or an enthusiasm for harm reduction
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Self-discipline with an ability to complete tasks without close supervision
    • Ability to work flexible hours and exceptional time-management skills

    How to apply

    To apply for an internship, please submit a one-page cover letter and your Resume/CV to

    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: June 24th, 2019
      Interviews conducted: Between July 1st-10th
      Selections and notifications: July 15th

    • 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!

    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. We will be be holding trainings across the state to teach volunteers how to effectively communicate about substance use disorder, effectively tell their stories, and solutions that are working across the commonwealth and the country.



  • 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.

  • published June Stakeholder Call in Monthly Stakeholder Call 2019-01-29 15:03:05 -0500

    June Stakeholder Call

    June 27, 2019 at 4pm
    Teleconference - 781-448-4799; code 26281 |
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  • published Monthly Stakeholder Call in Get Involved 2019-01-29 14:50:20 -0500

    Monthly Stakeholder Call

    You are invited to join our monthly harm reduction teleconference held on the last Thursday of every month. It is designed to engage continued collaboration amongst those in harm reduction organizations across Pennsylvania or those with an interest in being part of the harm reduction movement.

    RSVP to an upcoming session below!

    See all events

  • published Our Team 2019-01-24 10:38:34 -0500

    Our Team at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition


    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 Haas, Co-Founder

    Erin Haas 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.


    Eva Louise Kreiser, Summer 2019 Intern

    Eva Louise Kreiser is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Linguistics and Legal Studies. They are the founder and current president of the Pitt chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a grassroots organization empowering youth leaders to end the War on Drugs. In addition, they worked to launch and currently serve as Treasurer for DanceSafe, a harm reduction organization promoting health and safety in the nightlife scene. Finally, they are part of the Western Pennsylvania Anti-Trafficking Coalition and lead educational efforts related to sex work. Post-graduation, they would like to pursue law school and continue their work fighting for sensible drug policy and prison reform. Eva Louise is thrilled to join the team at Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition as it grows and fights for change in our community.


    Kakyara Muhinda, Summer 2019 Intern

    Kakyara Muhinda is a Public Health Undergraduate at Temple University graduating in December 2019. Her passions and goals are to better her community through advocacy, community health work, research, community outreach and behavioral health. Her experiences in providing healthcare to children, individuals with special needs, and the aging population, as well as her energetic and goal-oriented personality enables her to support PAHRC’s mission & vision. Academically, Kakyara’s experience in Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives, Program Planning and Research Methods has empowered her to work within her community to assist those living with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Her long-term goals are to operate her own daycare and to create a non-profit in Uganda, which will assist underprivileged children in obtaining the necessities for completing their education.


    Julia Gasior, Summer 2019 Intern

    Julia Gasior is an undergraduate at Georgetown University, studying Health Care Management & Policy on the Pre-Medical track. Last summer, she worked on Prevention Point Philadelphia’s syringe services program, engaging in public health fieldwork at the only legal SSP in Philly. This experience was instrumental in cementing her fierce drive for equitable and compassionate drug policy. Julia hopes to explore harm reduction and drug policy through as many avenues as possible – fieldwork, clinical research, grassroots advocacy, local-level government, and more – on her road to eventually becoming a physician. She hopes to go to medical school after graduating from Georgetown and eventually treat patients, better integrating harm reduction and public health into clinical care.

  • 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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