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Fw: Street Health Outreach Program - Community Meeting

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From: Kim Elliott <kelliott@ccs.carleton.ca>
To: OPIRG_events@ox.org <OPIRG_events@ox.org>
Date: October 12, 1998 3:05 PM
Subject: Fw: Street Health Outreach Program - Community Meeting

>Anyone interested in supporting this undertaking is very much encouraged to
>>A meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th in the
>>Boardroom of the Somerset West Community Health Centre at 55 Eccles
>>The meeting is intended to provide a briefing on the new Street Health
>>Outreach Program funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of
>>as part of a province-wide initiative to deal with the alarming growth of
>>HIV amongst the "street involved", including i.v. drug users.  The meeting
>>is also intended to gather the opinions of community members on how to do
>>this work, in a manner which is sensitive to the concerns of some
>>In dealing with addictions, Somerset West has adopted a policy of Harm
>>Reduction.  The Harm Reduction Coalition defines this policy as "...a set
>>practical strategies with the goal of meeting drug users 'where they're
>>to help them reduce any harm associated with their drug use."  A policy of
>>Harm Reduction is not incompatible with abstinence, which could be the
>>user's goal but recognizes the need for a range of responses to addiction
>>which are practical, respectful, non-judgmental, and humane.
>>The agenda is:
>>1. Program Update on the Street Health Outreach Program
>>2. A Presentation by a Frontline Worker on Current Street Conditions
>>3. A Briefing on the Role of the Advisory Committee for the Street Health
>>Outreach Program
>>4. Addressing Community Safety Issues
>>It is hoped that this will provide an opportunity for a full discussion of
>>the issues.  It would also be helpful to ensure that a broad range of
>>community interests and perspectives be represented at this meeting and
>>subsequent ones.  Any help that you could give on this matter would be
>>greatly appreciated.
>For more information contact Brian Gilligan at:

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