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Savannah O’Neill

Savannah O’Neill joined Harm Reduction Coalition in 2018 as the Capacity Building and Community Development Manager. She oversees projects throughout California, supporting existing syringe exchange programs, buprenorphine access and the expansion of harm reduction services. She does this work through training, community mobilization and technical assistance.

Savannah has worked at the intersections of harm reduction, mental health care and advocacy against incarceration for the past 12 years. Most recently as the Coordinator of the Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution (OPEND) project, a County wide naloxone access program at the HIV Education Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC) in Oakland, CA. She received her MSW from University of Michigan and her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz. She is additionally certified as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor and State Certified HIV test counselor. Her previous experience includes counseling at a methadone clinic, research and advocacy with incarcerated women, and coordinating an HIV testing program and syringe access in the Bay Area. She is dedicated to working within a harm reduction framework to develop interpersonal and systemic solutions for people who struggle with complex mental health issues, substance use, poverty, intimate partner violence and trauma.

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