Health Autonomy Clinic: Harm Reduction in the Age of Pandemic

Date(s) - Tuesday 05/05/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Join us for Health Autonomy Clinic focused on harm reduction solidarity in the age of COVID-19.

We will view the opiate epidemic as a crisis within a crisis, and examine the history of harm reduction networks as well as current harm reduction initiatives and resources.

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The event also features guests who will discuss current strategies in Harm Reduction and the current COVID-19 crisis, including Nancy Campbell, author of “OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose;” Frank Coughlin, MD and Heath Autonomy Clinic Co-Coordinator; Ed Fox, Harm Reduction Manager with Project Safe Point; Jasmine Landry, co-founder of Albany Med Addiction Coalition; Leah Miller-lloyd, harm reductionist and fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College; and Ariela Zamcheck, DO.

BIO  Nancy D. Campbell

Nancy Campbell will discuss her new book, “OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose,” which examines the history of an unnatural disaster—drug overdose—and the emergence of naloxone as a social and technological solution. In this workshop, she will focus on the historical context of Harm Reduction mutual aid networks, how they have effected change, and what can be learned from their visionary work as we build continue to build networks in the pandemic and beyond.

Nancy D. Campbell is Professor and Department Head of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she has taught for over two decades. Her most recent book is OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose Prevention (MIT Press, 2020). She was a FRIAS Senior Fellow and Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in 2017-2018. She is one of three editors of the Journal of the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. Other books include Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (University of Michigan Press, 2007); Gendering Addiction: The Politics of Drug Treatment in a Neurochemical World (co-authored with Elizabeth Ettorre; Palgrave, 2011); The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts (co-authored with JP Olsen and Luke Walden; Abrams, 2008); and Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2000).

BIO Ed Fox

Ed Fox has worked in Harm Reduction for close to a decade. Ed’s history includes his ground-breaking work with the LEAD program in Albany, NY, Syringe Exchange Coordinator and currently, Harm Reduction Manager with Project Safe Point. Ed’s work is based in the city of Albany however Project Safe Point provides services to the Capital District and the 12 counties surrounding the Capital Region.

He has extensive Harm Reduction training experience having delivered hundreds of Naloxone, Harm Reduction and Safer Injection Practice trainings.  Ed was one of the original architects in the design of the Health Hub and Peer Navigation Programs with Project Safe Point. Both programs are based on a Harm Reduction model emphasizing a humanistic, person-centered approach. His work is centered on alternative ways to educate and engage individuals using drugs.

As a manager for the LEAD (Law Assisted Diversion) Program, Ed oversaw this ground -breaking approach to address substance use and the Criminal Justice system in Albany, NY. He has engaged and partnered with Law Enforcement, Health Care, Education and Rehabilitation institutions to better serve individuals using drugs.

Ed’s work is aimed at helping individuals re-think, engage and challenge the way they work with people who use drugs. And most importantly to engage and serve People Who Use Drugs. Ed Fox has a Bachelor’s degree from University College Cork, Ireland. He has certifications in Trauma Informed Care and Sociology, CRPA and CASAC in progress.

BIO Jasmine Landry

Jasmine Landry is a third-year medical student at Albany Medical College and is passionate about harm reduction and advocating for patients who use drugs. She received a BA in Biology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Outside of her studies she volunteers with Project Safe Point, a syringe exchange program in the Capital Region. She co-founded the Albany Med Addiction Coalition, a student organization that aims to empower students to be the best possible advocates for patients who use drugs. She hopes to work as a physician in a low barrier primary care setting. In her free time, she loves to hike in the nearby Catskills and Adirondacks.

BLeah_Lloyd_Miller_IMG_20190405_182143_581IO Leah Miller-lloyd

Leah Miller-Lloyd is a harm reductionist and fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College, working to spend her career providing comprehensive primary care for people who actively and formerly use drugs. She first volunteered with San Francisco Syringe Access Services before medical school, then with Project Safe Point in Albany, NY. She has worked to increase medical student and physician exposure to the exciting and rewarding world of harm reduction and addiction medicine, emphasizing the role of harm reduction in the medical setting. She is now on her way Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

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BIO Frank Coughlin

Frank Coughlin, MD is Ooriginally from the Hudson Valley, but is now living in New Lebanon. He works as an ER physician at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He helps run the “Health Autonomy at the End of Empire” podcast and is a member of the Lebanon Health Assembly. Coughlin is excited to build on the generations of strong communities in the Capital Region and to foster health autonomy as a liberatory practice.

BIO Ariela Zamcheck

Ariela Zamcheck, DO is a family physician currently studying at the the School of Public Health at SUNY Albany and the New York State Department of Health as part of a fellowship program. She grew up in the Bronx, NY, received her BA at Oberlin College, attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, and family medicine residency at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She is interested in learning to shape public health practices to address health disparities.