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.


  • PAHRC 2020 conference update + special announcement!

    As you may know, last year we hosted our first statewide conference which brought over 300 advocates, professionals, and community members together to address the overdose epidemic in Pennsylvania. Due to current circumstances and our continued commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our community, we have made the difficult decision to not hold our 2nd annual in-person conference that was scheduled for October 26 + 27, 2020.

    While we will not see each other in person anymore this October, now more than ever we understand the need for connection and harm reduction advocacy across Pennsylvania and beyond, which is why we are excited and honored to be announcing our new, accessible, and engaging DIGITAL conference the week of October 26th in collaboration with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition!

    Harm Reduction at the Intersection is a digital conference offering an innovative opportunity for the drug policy, criminal justice, harm reduction, substance use, and public health fields to intersect around our shared values and goals.

    We hope to see you at this one of a kind experience! Please visit our conference webpage to learn more and to register.

    -- The Team @ PAHRC


  • published June 2020 Newsletter in PAHRC Newsletter 2020-06-22 09:45:24 -0400

    June 2020 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

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


    Special Announcements:

    Registration is open for Harm Reduction at the IntersectionThis year, we are teaming up with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition to bring you an interactive, week-long digital conference. If you missed our live announcement on Facebook, be sure to watch the replay to learn more about our shared vision for the conference!

    Coalition Updates:

    How you can be part of the solution: People across America are no longer able to ignore the racial disparities in our communities. In case you missed our recent video on our social media platforms, please take a few minutes out of your day to watch this important message from our Executive Director, Devin Reaves.

    Updated training program options: Our team has worked to build out our existing training program to support a broader range of professionals. Please visit our training webpage to learn more about our training approach through the lens of our three key areas of focus: Harm Reduction, Anti-Racism, and Medical Professionals.

    War on Drugs Explained: Our War On Drugs webinar recording with Tracie Gardner from Legal Action Center and Devin Reaves is up on YouTube! This webinar will help you deconstruct the war on drugs and better understand how race has played a key role in the development of American drug policy. If you missed it live last month and would like to watch, or if you would like to share this important resource with your community, please visit this link!

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  • published Harm Reduction Training in training 2020-06-19 15:44:47 -0400

    Harm Reduction Training

    The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition cares deeply about the health and well-being of all people — including people who use drugs (PWUD) and communities impacted by drug use.

    Our harm reduction training initiative is rooted in the idea that drug use is part of the human experience and affects all communities. Our training centers impacted voices, discusses the philosophy and mindset of harm reduction, and delivers practical solutions to our nation’s crisis of addiction.

    We teach that making connections, reducing harm, providing support, and increasing knowledge are powerful solutions to complex problems — especially in communities that have been marginalized and oppressed. We see our training as a tool to engage with and build a community of passionate, empowered, educated, and effective harm reductionists — improving the health and safety of every community in America. 

    Our harm reduction trainings are designed to meet your organizational needs and serve a broad range of professionals. We have trained diverse groups, including politicians, healthcare professionals, drug and alcohol and behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, and senior leadership across many industries.

    Our training is comprehensive and is guided by the following themes:

    • Human Rights 
    • Practical Solutions
    • Risk Mitigation by Focusing on Harms
    • Maximizing Solutions
    • Prioritizing Critical Needs and Goals
    • Centering People Who Use Drugs
    • Social Justice

    If you would like to request a training, or to receive more information about our harm reduction training program, please fill out the form below. Our staff will get back to you shortly!


  • published Medical Professional Training in training 2020-06-18 14:34:16 -0400

    Medical Professional Training

    In 2018, almost 70,000 people died of an accidental drug overdose in the United States. Accidental drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for those under 50 — exceeding deaths from firearms, car accidents, homicides, and HIV. Today, America faces a crisis of overdose deaths and drug-related disease, and healthcare professionals are on the front lines of this crisis.

    Though well-intentioned, our systems of care often do great harm to people who use drugs (PWUD) and communities impacted by drug use. Archaic attitudes, stigma, and discrimination are significant barriers that must be addressed to improve engagement and care for PWUD. Solutions to these barriers extend beyond education and include integration of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and harm reduction strategies.

    Our goal as healthcare professionals should be to create environments that foster connection, trust, and healing. This does not come easy. The unique challenges presented when working with PWUD can leave medical professionals feeling jaded and angry — and contribute to compassion fatigue and burnout.

    The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition’s Medical Professional Training Program is designed to go beyond just education and provide healthcare professionals with knowledge, insights, strategies, and support to better engage with patients who use drugs. 

    This training program is designed specifically for professionals in the medical field such as emergency department & urgent care staff, EMTs & paramedics, case management & hospital social workers, behavioral health unit staff, warm hand-off staff, and health administration professionals.

    Our trainings cover a broad range of topics, including:

    • The Overdose Crisis
    • The Disease of Addiction & Multiple Pathways to Recovery
    • Stigma, Discrimination, and Language
    • Racial Inequities in Healthcare
    • Harm Reduction as an Evidence-Based Public Health Response
    • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care
    • Building Trust and Equitable Partnerships with PWUD
    • Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
    • Exploring Systemic Barriers in Healthcare for People who Use Drugs
    • Advocacy for Healthcare Professionals
    • Implementable Changes to Existing Programs

    If you would like to request a training, or to receive more information about our medical professional training program, please fill out the form below. Our staff will get back to you shortly!


  • published Digital Conference 2020-06-09 17:51:03 -0400

    Harm Reduction at the Intersection Digital Conference

    A Collaboration Conference from the Iowa and Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalitions 

    During this unprecedented time, the Iowa and Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalitions are joining forces to offer a dynamic learning experience for advocates, professionals, and individuals in our states, across the nation, and around the world. Our organizations have a shared mission of centering the health, wellness, and human rights of individuals who use drugs. In October 2020, we will present our shared vision in an engaging, dynamic, online conference that offers networking, learning opportunities, and opportunities for political engagement across various platforms. Moving beyond the tired space of online webinars and zoom meetings, this one of a kind conference offers an innovative opportunity for the drug policy, criminal justice, harm reduction, substance use, and public health fields to intersect around our shared values and goals.

    Our partnership for this conference was born from an existing working relationship with our executive directors, Sarah Ziegenhorn from Iowa and Devin Reaves from Pennsylvania. But we also recognize similarities in our circumstances and our fight for harm reduction in our respective states. We believe this is an opportunity to share in those similarities while also learning from each other to best impact change. We are delighted to collaborate to present a conference as a way for professionals from Iowa and Pennsylvania to apply learnings from each other’s initiatives to programs and policies in our own states, as well as share our experiences and strategies with other communities.

    Values:

    • Bodily autonomy
    • Building power
    • Centering those most affected
    • Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice

    Goals:

    • Collaborate with people whose work impacts individuals who use drugs in order to foster the use of harm reduction strategies in policy development, program implementation, and direct service
    • Strategically advance the opportunities for the following priorities in Iowa and Pennsylvania by fostering dialogue between elected officials, law enforcement officers, subject matter experts, and those with lived experience
      • Syringe access legalization and expansion
      • Law enforcement assisted diversion
      • Expansion of evidence-based practices inside correctional settings
      • Implementation of policies that center the needs and safety of those engaged in sex work
    • Engage new stakeholder groups and individuals in efforts to end the overdose crisis and address the harms of the racialized war on drugs
    • Build connections with individuals who apply multiple areas of inquiry in their work to the development of innovative solutions

    Details:

    • This conference will take place over 5 days (October 26-30th) across multiple digital platforms including Zoom keynotes, breakout sessions, live streams, chat rooms, and more. Registrants will receive a master schedule for the week filled with plenty of opportunities to engage, learn, and network among participants.
    • All video content will be recorded and available for archival viewing to all registrants
    • Registration is $50 for access to the full week of live digital activities and all the recordings to watch at your convenience



    ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATIONS

    Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition

    Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC) is a community based nonprofit organization (501c3) that provides compassion-based services for and advocates with people who use drugs. Founded in 2016, IHRC’s mission is “to create health equity in Iowa communities through advocacy, education, and drug user health services. IHRC works to build power among people impacted by the war on drugs, including people who use drugs and communities of color; is committed to the acceptance of stigmatized and minoritized peoples, people who use drugs, and people who engage in sex work; and is committed to dismantling systems of race, class, and gender-based privilege.” IHRC’s current programming is divided across three domains: health and social services; advocacy and community organizing; and training and education.

    Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition

    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. 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.


  • published Register in Digital Conference 2020-06-08 14:52:57 -0400

  • published Get Naloxone 2020-04-08 14:48:49 -0400

    Naloxone Distribution Program

    PA Harm Reduction Coalition is happy to provide naloxone to organizations and individuals in need within Pennsylvania. Please see the below options for requesting. We will respond to requests for naloxone according to the current demand and our inventory.

    Prison & Jails Request Form
     

    Community Organizations Request Form
     

    Individual Requests

    Individual requests will be through NEXT Naloxone in partnership with Prevention Point Pittsburgh.


  • published Happy New Year & 2019 Recap! in Coalition Updates 2020-03-16 12:25:32 -0400

    Happy New Year & 2019 Recap!

    Our team at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition is wishing you a very happy start to 2020! As we make plans for this year, we are reflecting on all that we have accomplished in 2019, and we wanted to share some highlights with you...

    In 2019, we:

    • Kicked off our inaugural Statewide Conference, which attracted over 300 attendees
    • Trained over 400 advocates & 400 law enforcement officers on harm reduction strategies that save lives
    • Launched our 2-day HERO Empowerment Leadership program & trained over 25 leaders
    • Launched our TOP campaign & held our first overdose prevention training for treatment professionals
    • Distributed thousands of doses of Naloxone across the state
    • Attended over 100 events & our staff spoke at 80!

    Everything we accomplished would not have been possible without our partners, sponsors, and supporters. We are so grateful for everyone who helped us make 2019 an incredible year!

    We also want to take a moment to thank everyone who made a donation for our Giving Tuesday campaign or for our end of the year campaign! Your contribution will help us as we continue to grow & make an even larger impact this year. If you didn't get a chance to donate and you would like to support our work in 2020, follow this link to make a contribution (any amount helps)!

    Stay tuned for more info on what's to come this year, including our #PAHRC2020 Statewide Conference updates!

    Sincerely,
    The PAHRC Team
    Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition


  • published Coalition Updates in News 2020-03-16 12:15:03 -0400

  • published COVID-19 in Coalition Updates 2020-03-16 12:14:51 -0400

    A Message to our PAHRC Community: Coalition Updates & COVID-19

    We at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We are constantly monitoring the outbreak and will be following recommended measures from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the safety of our staff, advocates, and communities.

    As of now, we will be postponing all in-person events, forums, meetings, and speaking engagements until further notice and we will work to bring as much content online as possible. However, we aim to resume our events beginning in May. We also take our mission to educate seriously and therefore currently have no plans to cancel our statewide conference this October.

    During this time, we recognize the need to advocate for public health strategies day-to-day and in case of emergencies for our most marginalized people. No one should be left behind, especially in times of crisis. We are in contact with coalition members who are providing services to people who use drugs, and we stand ready to advocate for the people's needs as they arise. Additionally, Harm Reduction Coalition and Vital Strategies created resource guides for harm reduction during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    We will continue to do our work in the community and will monitor the situation closely providing updates as needed. You can reach out to us at admin@paharmreduction.org if any support is needed.

    In solidarity,
    Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition


  • published Our Board in About Us 2020-02-01 08:46:09 -0500

    Board Members

     

    Chris Cera

    Chris Cera is the CEO of Arcweb Technologies, a diverse team of designers and software engineers founded in 2011 to re-imagine digital products for clients in the fields of healthcare and finance. In 2016 Arcweb Technologies was honored to be cited as one of the top 25 fastest growing software companies in the United States by the the Inc 500. Prior to Arcweb Technologies, Chris was the CTO and co-founder of Vuzit, a cloud document management software company that was acquired by Accusoft. Both Arcweb and Chris have received numerous awards of excellence over the years recognizing growth and innovation, and in 2016 Chris was recognized as "Small Business Person of the Year” by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Chris also co-founded Philly Startup Leaders, one of the city’s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to providing the region’s entrepreneurs with peer support, insights, and inspiration. Chris has co-authored three awarded patents, numerous peer-reviewed publications, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Drexel University. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

    Erin Russell

    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.

    James Helm

    My name is James Helm. I am the owner of TopDog Law, a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia. I went to Penn State for undergrad and am a huge supporter of the Penn State Nittany Lions. After undergrad, I graduated cum laude from Rutgers Law School and Rutgers School of Business (MBA). As a person in long-term recovery, I am passionate about helping people with substance use disorder. My goal with the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition is to change laws negatively impacting our community.

    Keli McLoyd

    Keli McLoyd, JD, is a an Addiction Policy Analyst with the Research & Evaluation Group at Public Health Management Corporation, where she focuses on implementation of evidence-based, clinically- and cost-effective substance use practices and policies. Ms. McLoyd carries a breadth of experience related to substance use disorder policy and has consulted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide technical assistance to states through the CMS Innovator Accelerator Program in the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment. Additionally, Ms. McLoyd played an instrumental role in the development of the first clinical guideline to include all FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Ms. McLoyd has also worked with Public Health England to complete a review of policies, practices, and communication efforts associated with treatment of addictions in England. In addition to her role as a Policy Analyst, Ms. McLoyd currently serves as the Director of the Philadelphia Coalition on Children and Opioids – a groundbreaking and innovative Department of Justice-funded project that seeks to align services and create linkages amongst stakeholders in the Philadelphia area to better serve child victims of the opioid crisis. Ms. McLoyd holds a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

    Mike Mesveskas

    Mike Mesveskas is the founder and CEO of Philadelphia Counseling Center, an outpatient treatment center located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Mike opened the Center in 2015 with a mission to offer individualized support to those recovering from substance use disorder. Mike’s mission is a personal one that stems from his own experience living life in recovery. Mike grew up in South Jersey, attended Millersville University, and currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, son.


  • published November 2019 Newsletter in PAHRC Newsletter 2019-12-02 13:52:44 -0500

    November 2019 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

    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!

    Pledge to donate for Giving Tuesday!

    We are excited to be participating in Giving Tuesday! Here at the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition, we are working hard to bring about positive change across the commonwealth. In 2019, we have trained over 400 harm reduction advocates across the state, distributed thousands of doses of naloxone, and partnered with legislators, law enforcement, and community stakeholders to help change the way Pennsylvania responds to the overdose epidemic and the war on drugs.

    Our work would not be possible without the help of our supporters, which is why we are asking for you to consider making a pledge to donate to our coalition for Giving Tuesday. Any amount helps!

    Read more

  • published October 2019 Newsletter in PAHRC Newsletter 2019-10-22 11:22:13 -0400

    October 2019 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

    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 held our first HERO Empowerment Leadership Program 2-day training
    This month we had the pleasure of hosting our first-ever HERO Empowerment Leadership Program! We trained 25+ advocates on how to organize their communities and deliver the Opioid Response Advocacy Forum as part of our HERO Initiative. The weekend was a huge success and we are excited to partner with our new HERO Leaders to build a harm reduction movement across the state. Special thank you to our trainers: Aaron Kucharski, Devin Reaves, Brooke M Feldman, and to Staunton Farm Foundation for making this program possible!

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  • published PAHRC Newsletter in News 2020-06-19 15:18:16 -0400

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  • published News 2019-10-19 20:34:46 -0400

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

    September 2019 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

    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 Newsletter 2019-10-19 20:18:51 -0400

    August 2019 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

    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 Newsletter 2019-10-19 20:06:14 -0400

    July 2019 Newsletter

    To get our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here.

    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!


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