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Harm Reduction Trainings

Welcome, community of learners!

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Substance Misuse and HIV/STD Prevention programs host free virtual gatherings to discuss harm reduction strategies and resources in Alaska. Our guest speakers are Alaska-based experts in the field of harm reduction.

The goal of these trainings is to support, inspire and learn from one another to increase the well-being of individuals in our communities.

Harm reduction is a set of strategies that seek to reduce the harms (legal, social, health) associated with drug use and drug policies. Harm reduction is grounded in social justice and respecting the rights of people who use drugs, and does so by designing interventions to reflect individual and community needs. It demands access to non-judgmental care, programs and policies that promote optimal health and social inclusion. It also includes: disease prevention, needle and syringe exchange, medication-assisted treatments, overdose prevention and reversal, psychosocial support, information on safer drug use, employment initiatives, non-abstinence based housing, and more.

Please see the schedule below for topics, speakers, dates and times – and to register!

Who should attend?

Trainings are open to anyone interested in learning more about harm reduction and strengthening harm reduction resources/practices in their community.
These trainings will be of particular value to:

  • Rural providers, physicians, pharmacists, public health nurses, BHAs, CHAPs, addiction professionals, social workers, mental health care counselors/providers, sexual health care providers
  • Syringe-access program workers
  • Homeless outreach coordinators
  • Emergency responders
  • Corrections counselors/providers
  • Public health specialists
  • Community partners and other helping professionals

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. – noon
Harm Reduction in the Times of COVID–19 & Homelessness

Speakers

  • Robin Dempsey, Catholic Social Services
  • Annie Murray, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Christina Love, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Brian Wilson, Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

Learning Objectives

Participants will understand:

  • Alaska’s high incidence rates of homelessness and how this impacts the Alaska Native population
  • Resources and the implementation of harm reduction services in Anchorage and throughout Alaska
  • Adaptations to services for people with unstable housing conditions and harm reduction services during COVID-19
  • Trauma-informed care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the importance of harm reduction for people experiencing unstable housing conditions
  • How we can improve our services to the homeless community in Alaska

Space is limited to 300 participants

Our next sessions will run in the fall, from September-December 2021. Details coming soon!


Past Events

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m.-noon

Speakers

  • Annette Hubbard, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and Ninilchik Community Clinic
  • Claudette Thor, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARCH) and Front Street Clinic, Juneau

Learning Objectives

Participants will understand:

  • the basic principles of harm reduction and harm reduction for people using drugs.
  • harm reduction supplies and resources for people who use drugs
  • how harm reduction practices can be implemented into a community
  • how to access / order harm reduction supplies and educational resources

Recording coming soon

Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. – noon

Speakers

  • Lisa Rea, Registered Nurse, ANTHC Early Intervention Services
  • Laurali Riley, Senior Program Manager, ANTHC Early Intervention Services

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • describe the epidemiology of HIV in Alaska
  • understand management of HIV
  • take a sexual history & provide HIV education as needed
  • understand resources available for HIV prevention, education and management

Recording coming soon

Wednesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. – noon

Speakers

  • Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
  • Venus Woods, Prevention Manager, Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (4 A’s)

Learning Objectives

  • Stigma and the shame cycle
  • Alternatives to shame and the path to empathy
  • Trauma informed care at an individual and organizational level
  • Stigma from the viewpoint of a person with lived experience of addiction/active use/substance use disorder
  • What empathy looks like, from the viewpoint of a person with lived experience of addiction/active use/substance use disorder

Recording coming soon

Continuing Education Credits

Approved Provider Statements

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

ANTHC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours

ANTHC designates this activity as meeting the criteria for one nursing contact hour credit for each hour of participation up to a maximum of 18 hour(s).

ANTHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information, to provide feedback or to request additional resources, please contact Marla at mjwehrli@anthc.org.

This training series has been funded at least in part with grant funds from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.