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 policy and programs fostered through ten years of progressive responsibility in the field. She got her start in harm reduction as a volunteer with Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s syringe services program in 2008, and continues to act on the organization’s board of directors. 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.

 

Tyler Bartholomew, Advisor for Research & Policy

Tyler Bartholomew is an Allentown, Pennsylvania native and a second-year PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami. Tyler’s work is focused on translational research that helps drive health policy change at the state and local levels through data-driven techniques. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Tyler completed a year of service for AmeriCorps where he served as the project manager for an HIV and HCV testing, linkage to care, and treatment program at five federally-qualified health centers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During that service, Tyler was part of the team that helped take legal action against the PA Department of Health Services who denied patients HCV treatment based on their level of disease progression. Those efforts were successful, and the Medicaid policy in Pennsylvania officially changed January 1st, 2018 to allow anyone with any level of fibrosis to access the curative treatment. Tyler has been able to continue his legislative work in Florida with the IDEA Exchange and Pennsylvania by advocating for policy reform that would expand syringe exchange programs statewide. Tyler supports PAHRC through data analysis, grant writing, and strategically building partnerships with key policy stakeholders.

 

Amelia Hoge, Undergraduate Intern

Amelia Hoge is a person in long-term recovery, an entrepreneur, and an undergraduate student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York) studying Direct and Interactive Marketing. Amelia comes to PAHRC with a professional background in digital marketing, copywriting, editorial, social media, and business development. She is also a certified life coach with a private coaching practice and she serves as a mentor coach for an ICF-accredited and internationally recognized coach training company. Amelia is excited to support PAHRC through various media, digital, and communications projects while gaining valuable experience in the areas of harm reduction, advocacy, and public health as she prepares to enroll in a Master of Social Work program following her graduation.

 

Sabrina Torres, Public Health Undergraduate Intern

Sabrina Torres is a senior at Temple University graduating in May 2019 and currently serves as an undergraduate public health intern for PAHRC. Through her professional experience, Sabrina has acquired skills in data collection and analysis, risk reduction, HIV/HCV testing, and community outreach and engagement. Academically, she has gained knowledge on grant writing and research, program planning, and various health issues including substance use disorder. Post graduation, Sabrina would like to enroll in a Master of Social Work program and continue working in the field of harm reduction for people living with substance use disorder, people in recovery, and their communities.

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