We advance harm reduction policies, practices, and programs that address the adverse effects of substance use, including overdose prevention, the spread of blood-borne disease, treatment needs, and legislation.
· We are, for the most part, ex-members of this diverse culture of people who inject/use substances
· We know first-hand the barriers that people who inject/use substances encounter daily.
· We believe in the rights and dignity of people who inject/use substances.
· We want to create an ongoing community outreach program to reduce harm to people who inject/use substances and the communities of which they are apart.
· We want to increase understanding of the mode of transmission from contaminated needles, in the same way, sexual transmission is understood.
· We promote education, prevention, and treatment without judgment.
· We provide overdose prevention/training, including naloxone and fentanyl strips.
· We desire a Needle Stick Protocol for first responders and law enforcement.
1. We are collaborating with the University of Texas Health and Dr. Wilkerson on an upcoming needs-based study. We will be facilitating the research and helping Dr. Wilkerson and his great team in the Public Health Department at UT. Summer of 2019.
2. We are in talks with Legacy Community Health Systems to have the study using their sites.
3. We are developing a mapping program for Houston and the communities we serve.
4. We are in the storming phase of grants and funding.
5. We are working with other groups In Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and rural cities to get sponsors to promote legislation in 2 years
6. We are doing outreach/networking with interested stakeholders and providers to have more awareness about HHRA and our work.
7. We are a member of the Houston Viral Hepatitis Task Force.members who is working hard to stop the spread of HCV and HBV. The mission of the Houston Viral Hepatitis Task Force is to shape policy and advocate for the needs of people at risk for and living with hepatitis. It creates a space where various voices and ideas can come together to discuss persistent or emerging challenges. The task force is composed of providers, affected/infected persons, researchers, and community workers
8. We are a member of the Recovery Initiative, whose members are stakeholders working on all levels of