The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) is holding its 5th National Conference, "Working Under Fire: Drug Users Health and Justice 2004" in New Orleans next month.
HRC's conference is a major event in the harm reduction world, bringing together advocates and researchers, drug users and program staff to discuss the latest information, program models, and advocacy strategies.
The conference agenda is filled with workshops and presentations on a range of harm reduction topics. Several sessions address hepatitis C and drug users.
Hepatitis highlights from the conference:
Thursday, November 11th
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hep C Overview
Jen Curry, Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project, New York, NY
Friday, November 12th
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Major Session: Hepatitis Vaccination
The Role of Hepatitis A/B Vaccination in Harm Reduction Programming
Moderator: Dan Bigg, Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago, IL
Jason Farrell, Positive Health Project, Inc., New York, NY
Robert Heimer, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Catherine Swanson, Berkeley Free Clinic, Berkeley, CA
Neil M. Flynn, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
Phil Richmond, Hartford Dispensary, Hartford, CT
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Hepatitis C Organizing and Advocacy: Building a Grassroots Network
Sponsored by the Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project and the
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
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Saturday, November 13th
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Hepatitis: Prevention with Needle Exchange
Moderator: Reena Szczpanski, Drug Policy Alliance, New Mexico
Drug Injection Practices and Risk for Hepatitis C: A Qualitative Study Among Heroin Injectors in New York City
Karen Schlanger, New York City Department of Health, New York, NY
Integrating Hepatitis C Programming into Syringe Exchange Programs: What Can Data Do for You?
Narelle Ellendon, Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project, New York, NY
Needle Exchange Programs Preventing Hepatitis C
Marcia Bisgyer, Safety Works, Mamaroneck, NY
Preliminary Results from the Hepatitis B Vaccine Study: Health Implications of Seroprevalence and Risk Behaviors
Lauretta Grau, Yale University, New Haven, CT
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Major Session: Hepatitis
Hepatitis: Policy and Advocacy
Moderator: Paul Cherashore, Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
From Policy to Practice: Hepatitis C, IDUs, and Advocacy
Daniel Raymond, Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project, New York, NY
Advancing Hepatitis C Policy Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities
Laurie Schowalter, National Association State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Washington, DC
Lorren Sandt, Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program, Oregon City, OR
HCV, Stigma, Perception and Policy -- A State Coordinator's Perspective
Ann Shindo, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Programs Coordinator, State of Oregon Dept of Human Services, Portland, OR
Sunday, November 14th
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Major Session: Hepatitis
Hepatitis Care, Vaccination, Co-infection
Moderator: Daniel Raymond, Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project, New York, NY
Treating Uninsured HCV Infected Patients: One Clinic’s Solution
Darrell Lind, The Catalyst Foundation, Lancaster, CA
Integrating Hepatitis Interventions
Zenaida Ortega, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Integrating On-Demand Hepatitis Testing, Vaccines and Education into Harm Reduction Services
Phillip Fiuty, New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, NM
Incorporating HCV Antibody Testing into HIV Test Counseling: An Integrated Prevention Model
Andrew Reynolds, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, San Francisco, CA
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Breakout Session: Hepatitis
Hepatitis: Homeless Youth
Moderator: Narelle Ellendon, Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project, New York, NY
Street Youth: Involved and Proactive
Monica Waldmann, Youthlink Inner City, Toronto, ON, Canada
Providing Hepatitis Prevention Education and Vaccination for Street Youth: Insights from the Hepatitis Project
Kelly Kyanko, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY