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

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