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Harm Reduction Trainings

Welcome, community of learners!

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) HIV/STD Prevention and Substance Misuse 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. Visit our Harm Reduction page to learn more.

Please see the schedule below for topics, speakers, dates, and times! Register for the Zoom sessions here.

Who should attend?

Trainings are open to anyone interested in learning more about harm reduction and strengthening harm reduction resources and 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

All sessions will be recorded, edited with closed captions and uploaded to this page as well as the ANTHC Learning Channel.

Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. – noon

Learning Objectives

  • understand risk and protective factors
  • understand the importance of community involvement and trusted adults in prevention work
  • understand culturally relevant strategies to promote health and prevent substance use and misuse with Alaskan youth
  • review current youth-based resources available in Alaska and learn how to access them

Speakers

Register for the Zoom session here.

Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. – noon

This session is currently being developed. The below information may change, but in this session, we anticipate covering the following topic areas:

Learning Objectives

  • understand trauma and the impact that it has on violence and substance misuse.
  • learn about culturally relevant strategies and support services that are available or need to be made available, to best support the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of Alaska Native people. 
  • understand healthy relationships and the MMIWG crisis specific to Alaska Native women and girls
  • review domestic violence and substance misuse programs and services that support Alaska Native people
  • hear testimonials on personal experience regarding substance misuse and violence

Speakers

Register for the Zoom session here.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. – noon

This session is currently being developed. The below information may change, but in this session, we anticipate covering the following topic areas:

Learning Objectives

  • understand what polysubstance use is, both intentional and unintentional
  • understand the dangers of polysubstance use
  • understand strategies to support people who use more than one substance
  • provide overview/slide of resources, including Opioid Overdose response kits, fentanyl testing strips, iknowmine

Speakers
To be determined

Register for the Zoom session here.

Past Events

During Spring 2021, ANTHC hosted four virtual sessions that covered different topics and were presented by ten Alaska-based experts. More than 400 participants joined from across Alaska. Below are the topics, speakers and descriptions of each webinar, as well as a full video recording with closed captioning.

Hosted January 20, 2021

Speakers

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Hosted February 24, 2021

Speakers

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Hosted March 24, 2021

Speakers

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

Hosted April 20, 2021

Speakers

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Hosted Sept. 1, 2021

Speakers

Learning Objectives

  • understand how opioids change brain structures.
  • understand how opioids change thinking.
  • understand the Advantages and disadvantages of AR in health education.
  • describe addiction medicine as harm reduction.
  • identify medication available for treating opioid, alcohol and tobacco use disorder.
  • review ANTHC resources providers working in the field of substance use.
ANTHC – iknowmine – Harm Reduction Training Series – Session 5

View the full playlist of Harm Reduction Training webinars on the ANTHC Learning Channel on YouTube.

The Harm Reduction Training Series has been funded at least in part with grant funds from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation (ABF), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent official views of the ABF, HIS, NCBH, or ANTHC. No official support or endorsements by the ABF, IHS, NCBH or ANTHC for opinions expressed intended or should be inferred.

For more information, to provide feedback or to request additional resources, please email info@iknowmine.org.