NYC: Improving Health Care with People Who Use Drugs (PWUD)


Title: Improving Health Care with People Who Use Drugs (PWUD)

Date: August 15th, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm, Half Day

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

Training Region: New York City

Trainer: Emma Roberts


This half day training is designed to help non-clinical service providers engage with their clients who use drugs around issues related to health care. It will explore the systemic and individual context in which people who use drugs (PWUD) seek health care and the unique challenges they face in accessing quality health care. The training will provide tools and strategies to offer clients when navigating the health care system, highlighting ways to strengthen and build a more positive relationships between clients who use drugs and their health care providers.

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

  • Explain the importance of health care for people who use drugs (PWUD) with a focus on common co-occurring issues.
  • List common misconceptions regarding PWUD, their health and access to health care.
  • Identify aspects of what is meant by “quality healthcare”.
  • Describe the concept of “Patient EASE” in assessing PWUD’s access to appropriate healthcare options.
  • Recognize key barriers to quality healthcare for PWUD.
  • Apply strategies and tools to enable PWUD to explore key elements that support doctor-patient relationships.


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