This presentation will provide service provider’s evidence – based practice information to use when they believe digital technology is problematic for children, youth or their families. Additionally, it will help service providers start conversations and carry out interventions and supports in partnership with children, youth and families.
Speaker Information: Dr. Linda Kongnetiman, PhD MSW RSW Manager, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Information and CYFI Standards, AHS email@example.com Arianna Mestre Wong, MSc MSW Consultant, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Information and CYFI Standards, AHS firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the tenth session in the Harm Reduction Series as we discuss the basics of non-medical cannabis, identify key health evidence, and discuss harm reduction messages related to cannabis use. This session will also explore what legal cannabis means for young people, including tools to support meaningful conversations and other useful resources for individuals, families and communities.
Presented By: Michelle Fry, M.Sc., CEP. Michelle is a Program Consultant with Alberta Health Services
The First Nations Telehealth Network has welcomed the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Harm Reduction Services Team (HRST) to discuss opportunities for collaboration to support harm reduction in your community. The HRST will highlight who they are, how/why the team was created, what they hope to accomplish, and what the HRST can offer you. Information will also be shared on how to get the most out of the Community Based Naloxone Program.
Presented By: Alberta Health Services Harm Reduction Team
This videoconference session will discuss how responses to substance use have historically focused on abstinence only approaches in many Indigenous communities. Concepts of the Red and Black Roads are explored as they relate to people using substances. The “Road In Between” is introduced as it relates to harm reduction practices, principles and services and the impacts that stigma and discrimination have on individuals using substances.
This session will encourage participants to think critically about the types of harm reduction services may be necessary for their community context. Current models of Indigenous Harm Reduction throughout the country and ideas for engaging leadership and community members are included in the learning.
Presented By: Audrey Mikkelson, Northreach (Formerly known as HIV North)
This videoconference session will provide an overview of the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP). VODP is a telehealth-based program that support rapid access to care and transition supports for clients who need opioid adduction treatment.
Presented By: Dr. Nathaniel Day. Dr. Day is the Medical Lead for the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program with Alberta Health Services.
We welcome you to join us for the next session in the First Nations Telehealth Network’s Harm Reduction Series. The Blood Tribe Addiction Framework, Kattakinoona Awaahkapiiyaawa – Bringing the Spirits Home, was developed in collaboration between the Blood Tribe Department of Health, the Blood Tribe Chief & Council and Alberta Health Services in response to the on-going impacts and effects of the opioid crisis. The framework was developed using extensive feedback, rich stories, and deep wisdom from the community; and enhanced with information from relevant research, literature and evidence. The result is a community-wide, comprehensive, full-continuum of care addiction framework that is grounded in the Blackfoot culture and based on the Blood Tribe population, geography, needs and resources.
1. Overview of approach taken to develop the framework
2. Description of the framework
3. Hearing the voice of the Blood Tribe community
Presented By: Kevin Cowan, Lene Jorgensen and Rebecca Many Grey Horses.
Cariann M. Dunn BA, BScN, RN Clinical Instructor, Safeworks Harm Reduction Program, Alberta Health Services “Cariann Dunn is a Registered Nurse and the Clinical Instructor for Safeworks. Throughout her career, she has been drawn to working with vulnerable and often stigmatized populations. She believes health care workers have an ethical responsibility to provide evidence-based, compassionate care to everyone, including those suffering from addiction.”
Raven Sinclair – Addiction Studies Aboriginal Focus. Peer Support Worker, Safeworks Supervised Consumption Service, Alberta Health Services
“Raven Sinclair completed her diploma in Addiction Studies – Aboriginal Focus in April 2019. She is currently working at the Safeworks Supervised Consumption Service as a Peer Support Worker, bringing her lived experience of addiction, homelessness, as an indigenous woman.”
Learn about how the current drug-poisoning epidemic affects individuals, families, and communities in Alberta and what the best evidence shows about treating opioid addiction. We will also explore successful ways of providing treatment access right in First Nations communities.
Presented By: Dr. Hakique Virani MD FRCPC DABAM - Medical Director, Metro City Medical Clinic
Target Audience: Health Directors of communities and Treaty Organizations where opioid use is a growing concern.
This videoconference session will provide an introductory level overview of the common psychoactive substances that people may consume and the personal benefits that they may provide the people who consume them. At the end of the presentation, participants will feel more comfortable in discussing safer consumption openly with people who use substances in order to reduce risk of harm and foster trusting relationships.
Presented By: Sara Gill, Educator & Jennifer McLaren, Edmonton Zone Lead. Both speakers are Registered Nurses with provincial AHS Harm Reduction Services Team
This videoconference session will build participants’ understanding of substance use as a multi-faceted and complex human behavior. Knowledge of the underlying reasons for substance use will improve understanding of how stigma affects the quality of life for people who use substances and their loved ones. We will discuss harm reduction as a culture, its principles, practices, and services. A review of evidence-based benefits of harm reduction interventions will be provided, along with addressing some myths and facts around harm reduction. At the end of this presentation, participants will feel more confident advocating for harm reduction services in their communities and learn key tools to help adapt harm reduction to meet their community’s unique needs.