NYC: Hepatitis C Prevention with Young People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

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Title: Hepatitis C Prevention with Young People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

Date: May 23rd, 2019

Time: Full Day 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:  Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th Street, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10001

Trainers: Mike Selick

Description: This one-day training will explore Hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention for young (18-29 years) people who inject drugs (PWID) in both urban and non-urban settings. The training will emphasize the link between viral hepatitis infection, prescription opioid misuse, and the potential for transition to heroin. Through interactive skills building activities, participants will identify strategies for effective and culturally competent engagement and intervention with youth who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of HCV infection in young PWIDs;
  • Explain the association between the emerging epidemic of HCV infections among young persons and the prescription drug epidemic;
  • Identify factors impacting young PWIDs’ vulnerability to HCV infection;
  • Identify the principles of youth-centered, harm reduction-oriented service provision;
  • Formulate effective prevention messages that address young PWIDs’ risk behaviors related to drug use; and
  • Identify strategies for HCV prevention, care and treatment for young PWID.

Audience: All health and human service providers, peer workers, front line staff, program mangers and coordinators

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course it is recommended to have some knowledge or basic training on HIV, viral hepatitis, substance use and addiction.

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