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Where do we go from here? Fentanyl in our communities

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Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

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Nelson, BC V1L6G3

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In partnership with ANKORS and community health and social service providers, we are proud to host this educational event through a grant from the Community Action Initiative.

This free 1 day conference provides education and the opportunity for community engagement in regards to the Fentanyl crisis affecting our communities.There will be keynote speakers, and networking opportunities throughout the day with a variety of community members and stakeholders who represent the 5 tiered model of care. Breakout sessions will also be covering topics such as what is harm reduction, and grief and loss. A third breakout session topic is to be announced (TBA) soon. A buffet lunch will be provided for all those that register. Please register by Thursday, November 23rd. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Dr. Mark Tyndall - The current fentanyl crisis, harm reduction, connecting with others, reducing stigma, and drug laws.

We are excited to have Dr. Mark Tyndall, the Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control, Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and Deputy Provincial Health Officier for BC. Prior to coming to Vancouver, he was the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His career awards include the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar Award and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied Research Chair. He has authored on over 250 peer-reviewed publications, with a focus on HIV care and prevention, drug use, and public health intervention research.

Dr. Tyndall received his Medical degree and internal medicine training at McMaster University and his infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Manitoba. He received a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University with a focus on health and human rights. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site. He has conducted numerous community-based research projects, including epidemiologic studies of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, antiretroviral access among people who use drugs, and health care utilization among marginalized populations. Dr. Tyndall is a strong advocate and leader for public health in Canada and has fostered a number of community-based collaborations that have led to health policy changes.

Chris Huston - Tiered model of substance use services

Chris has worked in the mental health and substance use (MHSU) field for 25 years, and has held management and leadership roles for the past 15 years. He has lived in the Kootenays for the last 20 years and feels privileged to call this beautiful area home. Chris holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work and is currently in the role of administrator of the MHSU program for the East Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary.

Ann Livingston & Alexis Crabtree - Stigma and Drug Use

Ann Livingston is a creative, energetic and focused community organizer, who has made significant contributions to improving access to health care for people who use illegal drugs at the local, regional and national levels. After co-founding the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) with poet/ activist Bud Osborn in 1998, she was employed as VANDU's executive program director for 10 years. She encourages people who use drugs, who are criminalized and labeled mentally ill, to form citizen associations and insist that they design and implement harm reduction programs. Consequently, VANDU had, and continues to have, a major influence on the public dialogue around heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and crack use and the people who are users of these illegal substances. After many years of advocacy, public education, marching in the streets and civil disobedience, Vancouver finally has a government sanctioned injection site, is hosting a second heroin prescription trial and has many overdose prevention sites. In her current role as a volunteer with the BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, Ann is meeting with marginalized, homeless people who use illegal drugs in Surrey and Abbotsford where bylaws had been implemented banning harm reduction services for drug users. Ann has lived 2 blocks from Main & Hastings for 24 years and has 4 sons.

Alexis Crabtree, MD, PhD, MPH, is a public health researcher and resident physician with the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. Her areas of interest include community-based research, drug policy, and harm reduction for alcohol. She is currently based out of the BC Centre for Disease Control, where she works on the response to the opioid overdose crisis. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two little boys.

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