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IUPUI to Host 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference

The 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference, hosted by the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI will be Thursday, October 11 from 9am – 4pm at the Indianapolis Marriott East. The theme for this year’s conference is harm reduction, a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. This forum will allow people from diverse perspectives to work together to achieve a shared goal of addressing Indiana’s most pressing public health issues. Harm reduction services and policies are effective, humane, equitable, and life-saving strategies that are vital to any comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic.

More specifically, this conference will focus on the life-saving and cost-saving impact of harm reduction services; evidence-based and effective harm reduction services and policies, including syringe exchange services, housing first, and law enforcement diversion programs; how to plan and implement harm reduction services, and much more!

On Wednesday, October 10 from 8:30am to 12:30pm, a Harm Reduction and Syringe Service Program Pre-conference Workshop is open to local health departments and community partners seeking an opportunity to explore the process of engaging their communities in discussions and planning around harm reduction and syringe services programs (SSPs). Public health and harm reduction experts will facilitate an interactive learning experience for participants. Counties at all stages of SSP development are encouraged to attend.

The conference and pre-conference welcomes self-advocates; students; people with opioid use disorder; people living in recovery; professionals in public health or health care (including emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, nursing, pain management, and pharmacy); state and local government; public safety and law enforcement; and professionals in academia, housing/homelessness, policy and law, social services, and other fields.

Sponsors for the 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference include, but are not limited to, the Indiana University Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge Initiative, Marion County Public Health Department, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Indiana CTSI, and Interact for Health.

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