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Dana Kurzer-Yashin

Dana Kurzer-Yashin joined Harm Reduction Coalition in the Spring of 2019 as Overdose and Harm Reduction Trainer. She assists in developing and administering trainings in New York City and New York State, as well as working with the Medical Director to provide technical assistance to overdose prevention programs in NYC.

Dana last worked at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC), where she started started out as a Community Services intern and joined full-time as Outreach Coordinator in 2017. While at LESHRC, Dana oversaw their syringe exchange, volunteer and overdose prevention programs and worked on projects such as expanding services to include providing pipes for stimulant users. Dana is passionate about de-centering whiteness in conversations about substance use, specifically working to acknowledge the racist foundations of compassionate approaches to opiate use. Dana is also interested in the intersections of harm reduction work with other movements such as the anti-racist, queer, reproductive, disability and transformative justice movements. Dana graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Comparative American Studies and Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies. 

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