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Working with People Who Inject Drugs

Cultural Competency:
Working with People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs)

For many years, laws and anti-drug campaigns have created an environment in which publicly acknowledging injection drug use could endanger one's liberty or lead to stigma and judgement; thereby, reducing motivation to seek help, treatment, or care.

This legal and social landscape can make it difficult for organizations to run programs addressing the health and prevention needs of people who inject drugs.

This training takes a closer look at the unique and sometimes complex HIV/AIDS prevention needs of individuals who inject drugs. Additionally, we will look at what providers can do to help reduce stigma around injection drug use, in an effort to engage this population in a culturally sensitive manner.

By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role cultural competence plays in reaching people who inject drugs with HIV/AIDS prevention messages and interventions
  • Respond to the changing prevention needs of persons who inject drugs
  • Describe HIV/AIDS acquisition and/or transmission risk reduction strategies for persons who inject drugs

Our trainings are available to directly funded community based organizations, some state funded organizations and organizations working with HIV positive and at risk populations, free of charge.

Please request trainings using the CBA Request Information System (CRIS) and ask for NCHP.

In some circumstances, if you are unable to access the system directly, your local health department may be able to request on your behalf.

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National Community Health Partners
501 N. Florence St., Suite 101
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

NCHP Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1910
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

NCHP Tempe Office
1232 E Broadway Rd., Suite 211
Tempe, AZ 85282

NCHP South Office
710 N. Roman Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Main Phone: (520) 795-9756
Main Fax: (520) 887-0432
Tempe Phone: (480) 361-0177
Tempe Fax: (480) 361-0204

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