AIDS Institute Drug User Health Capacity Building Initiative in January 2020.  All Article 28 facilities are eligible to apply.

Applications are due December 18, 2019. For more information, agencies can call 518-474-3045.

Completed applications can be submitted to Rob Curry at Robert.curry@health.ny.gov

Building Agency Capacity for Drug User Health:
An Initiative to Ensure Access to Health Care Services for People Who Use Drugs

Course Description
This multi-session series will help clinical sites build capacity to provide high quality, stigma-free health care services to people who use drugs. Stigma, and lack of understanding of the needs of people who use drugs, creates significant barriers to the delivery of vital prevention and health care services for many patients. This capacity building series will prepare key staff to become “stigma-free champions” who will promote policies, procedures and clinical services that will improve the health of patients who use drugs.

By the end of the series, participants will be able to:
• Describe patterns of drug use in the community and among clinic patients;
• Conduct an assessment of health care facility practices for effective management of people who use drugs;
• Describe how stigma and other structural barriers may impact access to health care services for people who people who use drugs;
• Improve interactions between all health care facility staff and patients who use drugs;
• Assess for and sensitively address the specific health needs of people who use drugs, including pain control;
• Integrate a harm reduction approach into clinical practice;
• Develop facility-wide policies and procedures to foster a stigma-free, nondiscriminatory and safe environment for people who use drugs; and,
• Develop an action plan to address facility-specific goals related to improving drug user health.

Application here, Organizational Assessment here and Staff Assessment here.

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