The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is providing free online training to health professionals and practitioners in Indiana to address the state’s opioid crisis, particularly harm reduction around intravenous drug use.
The opportunity is a part of the school’s “Public Health & You” initiative, developed in 2012 to provide education and training to health workers in Indiana and beyond in order to increase awareness about public health issues and improve public health outcomes.
“With everything happening not only within the state of Indiana but throughout the country, we knew opioid addiction, specifically harm reduction, was an area we needed to address,” said Mr. Alex Purcell, workforce development specialist with the School of Public Health.
Dr. Carrie Lawrence, associate director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at the School of Public Health, along with the National Reduction Coalition, helped develop the course, and the school partnered with a number of community partners to create it.
Titled “Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention,” the five-part series is divided into five modules: principles of harm reduction; stigma, HIV and hepatitis C virus; safer injection and wound care; overdose prevention and response; and outreach and engagement. Each module features community experts in the field and footage from the first South Central Opioid Summit, which took place in September, 2017.
The series takes eight to 10 hours to complete. Participants can work at their own pace and can take one or all five portions.