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Gaining Ground: Women & Harm Reduction Workshop, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
September 21 & 22, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

519 Community Centre, Ballroom
“Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular free two day workshop for health and social service providers in Toronto, designed and lead by community partners, with the support of Toronto Public Health. We apply a social justice framework to explore the impact of systemic oppression and policies on the sexual health and overall well-being of women who use drugs. In this workshop speakers share first hand insight on critical topics: why women use drugs; exploring HIV, STI's and pregnancy; working with mothers who use drugs; trauma and substance use; programming for sex workers; legislation around sex work; what it means to include the voice of lived experience in this work.

Participants will take away:

  • An understanding of the some of the unique issues affecting women who use substances and the importance of strength based programming.
  • Practical tips, tools and strategies for working from a harm reduction perspective.
  • An opportunity to reflect on your practice and to connect to service providers across sectors.


  • Please let us know at registration if you require accommodation.
  • This is a scent free environment. We are unable to provide lunch.
  • Bring a USB key if you want copies of the power points

We look forward to having you join us!

Register online at

Contact Information:  Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 or