Harm Reduction at Westminster (HRAW) is a Prevention, Education, and Coordination: Educate District residents and stakeholders on Harm Reduction 101 and opioid use disorder, its risk, and harm reduction approach through coordination of community efforts through coordination community efforts
The need for a substance use harm reduction program in Washington DC led by Harm Reduction at Westminster Presbyterian Church (HRAW) arises from the pressing issue of substance use disorder and its associated harms in the community. Substance use disorder is a significant public health concern that affects individuals, families, and society as a whole. Washington DC, like many urban areas, faces challenges related to drug addiction, overdose rates, and the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis C, linked to unsafe drug use practices. A harm reduction program aims to address these challenges by providing a compassionate and evidence-based approach to supporting individuals struggling with substance use. The program would focus on reducing the negative consequences of drug use while recognizing that complete abstinence might not be immediately achievable for all participants. Harm reduction initiatives typically include needle exchange programs, supervised consumption sites, access to overdose prevention and reversal medications like naloxone, and counseling services. Westminster Presbyterian Church's leadership in this endeavor highlights the importance of community involvement and support in tackling complex social issues. Faith-based organizations like the church can play a crucial role in offering a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals seeking help, providing practical assistance, and promoting understanding and empathy within the community. By implementing a substance use harm reduction program, HRAW can contribute to enhancing the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, reducing the burden of substance abuse on the healthcare system, and fostering a more compassionate and inclusive community in Washington DC
The Harm Reduction at Westminster project and its efforts to educate residents and stakeholders on opioid use disorder, its risks, and harm reduction approaches.
Congratulations on receiving a $15,000 grant from Health HIV for the third time, which will support your work through Aug 31. It's also inspiring to hear about George's leadership as co-community lead for Harm Reduction of Live Long DC. We continue partnering with Live Long DC as a distribution site for Naloxone, which can help reverse an opioid overdose and potentially save lives. We also continue offering Fentanyl Test strips to your harm reduction kits, which can offer individuals a way to test drugs they receive on the street and potentially reduce harm. This year we have received two grants. A renewal of Health HIV and a new one from the Mayor’s office of LGBTQIA. We have split a grant with the SW Academy DC with the Prevention Center for Ward 5 and 6.
Thanks to the City, we have free condoms and soon Narcan to distribute as a harm reduction tool. We are an official site for NARCAN distribution for DC Behavioral Health. Schedule a time to pick up what you need by mail George@GIIIAssociates.com or calling (202) 978-0517
The Presbyterian HIV Network (PHIVN) welcomes those who advocate with and care for persons and families who have been infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. We encourage the Church to live out Jesus’ ministry of love and justice.
We received a DC Faith-Based Awareness Opioid Continuation Grant from the Department of Behavioral Health. George Kerr III and the team will administer the grant along with partners at Damien Ministry.
Prevention, Education, Coordination: Educate District residents and stakeholders on opioid use disorder, its risk, and harm reduction approaches through coordination community efforts.
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