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Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction, Toronto Public Health & Community Partners

Toronto, Ontario
September 8-9, 2015
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
519 Community Centre Ballroom, 519 Church Street in Toronto.
“Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular workshop that has been designed and lead by community partners, with the support of Toronto Public Health facilitators. Please see the flyer attached.

Experienced speakers address a variety of topics related to women’s needs in harm reduction. Topics include:

  • how women’s substance use patterns are unique;
  • understanding the history of colonialism as a first step in connecting with First Nation women;
  • bringing harm reduction to imprisoned women;
  • A woman centred understanding trauma and substance use;
  • advocating for women who use substances that are struggling with child apprehension services;
  • harm reduction practice that is relevant within violence against women shelters;
  • what harm reduction means for sex workers;
  • Ensuring the voice of workers with lived experience has power in your agency.

What participants will take away from the workshop:

  • An overview of the key issues that affect women who use substances and ways to deliver services that meet their needs.
  • Practical tips, tools and strategies for working with women from a harm reduction perspective.An opportunity to reflect on your current practice, and learn from service providers across sectors.

Please note that this session will be opened with a traditional Aboriginal smudge ceremony.

To register contact Toronto Health Connection at

Questions? Call 416-338-7600.