Research for Policy Change: A Zoom Series for Advocates, Journalists, and Policymakers


The Drug Policy Alliance and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) are co-hosting a one-day workshop for researchers to discuss best practices to make drug research accessible to the public and policymakers. Join us for one, or both sessions.

Advocates Panel (9:30 - 11 AM)

When do advocates use research in their advocacy work? And when don't they? Drug policy advocates who work to change local, state, and/or federal policy will discuss how researchers can make their findings accessible and useful to advocacy campaigns.


  • Queen Adesuyi, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Jasmine Budnella, VOCAL-NY
  • Lynn Paltrow, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
  • Daniel Raymond, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • gabriel sayegh, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

Watch the recorded Advocates Panel.

Media and Policymakers Panel (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)

Journalists who cover drugs and health policy-related issues will discuss the media landscape, their decisions and challenges around covering research, and best practices for engaging with them. A staffer from a NYC Council Member's office will describe how officials find and utilize research, and how researchers can make their work accessible to elected officials in order to affect policy change.


  • Elizabeth Adams, Legislative Director for NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard, Filter
  • Maia Szalavitz, Independent neuroscience journalist

Watch the recorded Media and Policymakers Panel.