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The deadline for submitting abstracts (will be updated soon).

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.

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 drugs users
  • 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. Panelist share time evenly. Submit individually or as a group (Some audiovisual equipment available).
  • Roundtable: Informal, facilitator-led group discussion (NO audiovisual equipment available.)
  • 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.
  • You will be able to edit your abstract submission up until (date to be announced).
  • If selected, what you write here will be published in our Abstract booklet. HRC does not edit your submission.
  • Please use standard capitalization.
  • The body of abstract submissions is limited to 500 words.
  • You should receive a confirmation email if your abstract is processed successfully. Be sure to check your spam folder.
  • Acceptance notifications will be issued no later than July.
  • You cannot submit multiple abstracts at one time. Click Abstract Submission to begin a new abstract.

Registration and Payment for Speakers and Presenters

  • 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.