The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1, 2018 (11:59 pm PST)

Submit an Abstract

The National Harm Reduction Conference honors a participatory planning process. At each conference, the program is abstract-driven and addresses the most important issues and most innovative solutions in harm reduction at the time. Proposals are submitted by conference attendees, who together represent the varied aspects of harm reduction work in the US and abroad. Harm Reduction Coalition is currently seeking abstracts for the 2018 national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We encourage submissions that represent all aspects of harm reduction work from grassroots organizing and programming to policy and research.

We will host 3 Webinars on How to Complete an Abstract on the following dates:

  • Individual Consultations via phone 510 206 4328
    • Tuesday, February 27th 9:00am-10: 00 am PST
    • Wednesday, February 28th  3:00pm-4: 00 pm PST
    • Thursday, March 1st, 7:00am-9:00 am PST

Abstracts should address the following:

  • Political vision for harm reduction
  • Exemplary harm reduction service models
  • Intersection of race, class, gender, age, sexual identity
  • Health and human rights of people who use drugs
  • Latest research and
  • a variety of skills building that advance the harm reduction agenda.

Available Presentation Formats

  • Poster: Project storyboards on display for one day (NO audiovisual equipment available.) Meet and greet times are scheduled.
  • Panel: Three to five people present as a group. Panelists share time evenly. Submit individually or as a group (Some audiovisual equipment available).
  • Roundtable: Informal, facilitator-led group discussion (NO audiovisual equipment available. These are discussion based sessions, no presentation, only facilitated conversations.)
  • Workshop: Interactive session designed to provide a skills-building experience (Some audiovisual equipment available.)

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

Please read the following guidelines before completing your submission:

  • Use the same email address for both Registration and Abstract Submission, however, do not register until you have been notified of your abstract submission.
  • The online submission process does not offer an automatic save option. You must complete the entire submission process or all information will be lost. 
  • You should receive a confirmation email if your abstract is processed successfully. Be sure to check your spam folder.
  • You will be able to edit your abstract submission up until March 1, 2018 (11:59 pm PST.)
  • If selected, text from your submission will be published as is in our Abstract booklet. HRC does not edit your submission.
  • Please use standard capitalization.
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications will be issued no later than July.
  • Submit multiple abstract by editing your original submission.

Registration and Payment for Speakers and Presenters

  • The speaker rate is $350 
  • If you are submitting an abstract, please wait to register (and pay) until you are informed about the status of your submission. You are not required to register before submitting an Abstract.
  • If your submission is accepted you will be given a discount code to use at the time of registration.
  • The email you use to register must be the same email you use to submit an abstract.

Contact Us

For questions regarding abstracts please contact