Louise V.

United States

Summary

I recently completed my Master's Degree in Public Health at UNC-G. I will be continuing my education this fall and working for a small non-profit. Not only will I be developing, implementing and evaluating new programs for NC Syringe Access, I will begin and continue difficult conversations around drug laws in hopes to advance policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of drug use and drug prohibition. I am a public health educator whose specialties include Hepatitis C, HIV, overdose prevention and safer drug use programming with an emphasis on the stages of change. Providing low-threshold services to drug users who are not ready or able to quit using drugs is an important part of my work. Currently there are very few organizations willing to work with drug users who for whatever reason can't or won't stop using drugs and it is my goal to help in the creation of programs which provide these services. Shame and stigma are tightly woven into traditional recovery programs developed for people with chemical dependencies and mental illness. It is my goal to be a the forefront of a major paradigm shift moving away from the drug war ideology where people who use drugs are criminals and morally deficient towards public health and social programs where regulations on drugs and treatment for people with chemical dependencies are grounded in science, compassion, human rights and health. Specialties: Hepatitis C Facilitator, Overdose Prevention, Safer Drug Use, Harm Reduction Support Groups, Grant writing, Group Facilitation, User Group Organizer, Advocacy work.

Experience

  • medicine
  • reproductive health
  • wastewater
  • architecture / design
  • torts / conflict resolution
  • goal global
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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