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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.

How to attend

All trainings are free. Register by clicking the Eventbrite link below the event you’re interested in.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. – noon
Harm Reduction 101

  • Annette Hubbard, NASTAD and Ninilchik Community Clinic
  • Claudette Thor, SEARHC and Front Street Clinic, Juneau

Register here

Wednesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. – noon
Stigma, Empathy and Trauma-Informed Care
Speakers:

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

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

  • Jasmine Boyle, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH)
  • Robin Dempsey, Catholic Social Services (CSS)

Our next four sessions will run from September-December 2021. Details 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 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.

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).


Past Events

Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. – noon
HIV 101
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

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

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