Bridging the Gap in San Francisco: Harm Reduction Research, Policy and Practice

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Bridging the Gap in San Francisco: Harm Reduction Research, Policy and Practice
San Francisco, CA
January 11 - 12, 2001

This is the third "Bridging the Gap" conference since 1997 that the San Francisco Department of Health has sponsored for individuals who provide substance abuse, mental health, STD, HIV, and AIDS services to drug users and abusers.

San Francisco has long understood that the term "Harm Reduction" includes a broad array of strategies that reduce the damage done by substance abuse to individuals, families, neighborhoods and the wider community. Whether an organization provides easily accessible health care services for active drug users or encourages abstinence goals for its clients in treatment, the shared goals are to reduce substance-related harm and to improve lives. By insuring the availability of the full range of services and encouraging the integration of diverse philosophies, San Francisco can maximize the number of people engaged in making positive life changes, and minimize the total harm done to our community by substance abuse.

For this conference, we have brought together local, national and international experts on integration the concepts and strategies of harm reduction into service settings. Throughout the conference, we will focus on the important roles that research, policy and practice each play in improving the quality and availability of services.

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