Harm Reduction Series

 

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how stigma affects quality of life for people who use substances (PWUS) and adopt practices to reduce stigma.
  • Be able to identify harm reduction principles, practices and services
  • Understand benefits of harm reduction to the individual, community, and society
  • Feel more confident advocating for harm reduction approaches and conceptualizing harm reduction principles into community service structures

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Introduction to Harm Reduction Poster 

Recordings:

 

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. 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Identify and understand the different categories of psychoactive substances and the physiological effects they produce
  • Develop an understanding of why psychoactive substances may be appealing to some people
  • Understand the different routes and methods of consumption of psychoactive substances: equipment involved, and safer consumption practices
  • Identify the different levels of harm associated with different routes of consumption
  • Incorporate safer consumption education into conversations about substance use and interactions with people who use substances

 

PRESENTED BY: Sara Gill, Educator & Jennifer McLaren, Edmonton Zone Lead.  Both speakers are Registered Nurses with provincial AHS Harm Reduction Services Team

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Safe Substance Use: An Overview of Psychoactive Substances and Methods of Consumption Poster

Recordings: 

Join us for the third session in the Harm Reduction Series. This session will look at the barriers and stigma that pregnant women face while using substances. Morgan Chalifoux and Kelti Gore will present; Morgan and Kelti work with the H.E.R Pregnancy Program. This program operates under a harm reduction philosophy and strives to decrease barriers to health care & engage women in their pregnancy. The program targets those women who are most marginalized, multi-challenged, often homeless, and are not connecting to any other community supports. The team works with women throughout their pregnancy and up to six months postnatal.

Handouts: Reducing Stigma and Barriers Within Pregnant Clients

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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.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Better understand how to best protect people with opioid use problems from adverse outcomes
  • Understand the risks of some commonly used interventions
  • Understand systems that improve evidence-based treatment access on reserve

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.

Handouts: Opiod Use Problems and Treatment for First Nations Within Alberta

Recordings 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Update on drug trends and emerging issues
  • Harm reduction principles
  • Harm reduction in our community: Operationalizing Safeworks Supervised Consumption Services
  • Supervised Consumption by the numbers (data, services, referrals from Oct 2017present)  

Speaker Info:   
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.” 

Recording:  
  

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. 

Learning Outcomes: 

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. 

Recording:   

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Service delivery and how to access the VODP program
  • Learn more about the referral process and how to access from your community

Presented By: Dr. Nathaniel Day. Dr. Day is the Medical Lead for the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program with Alberta Health Services.

Recording:  

Handouts: 

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. 

Learning Outcomes:

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)

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