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Taeko Frost

Taeko Frost, DrPH, oversees the expansion of programs and policy initiatives in the Western region of the United States. Prior to joining the Harm Reduction Coalition, Taeko served as the Executive Director of Washington Heights CORNER Project, an innovative and well-known syringe exchange program serving communities in northern Manhattan. She was a selected speaker and graduate of the UCLA Healthcare Executive Program and is a recognized expert in leading partnerships between healthcare providers and harm reduction programs. Taeko co-directed and co-produced two documentaries on public injection drug use, Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York and The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection FacilitiesShe has served as one of the leaders in the movement for safer drug consumption services, providing technical support and community organizing in several cities across the country. Taeko served as a member of the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA) Monitoring and Evaluation Committee and co-developed the IDUHA Citywide Study, has co-authored several harm reduction peer-reviewed articles, and is the principal investigator of the National Public Drug Use Survey. Prior to her work in harm reduction, she provided clinical services at Community Healthcare Network of NYC and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. Taeko obtained a Doctorate in Public Health in health policy and management from the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. She is originally from Portland, OR, and is bilingual English/Spanish.

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