Welcome and blessing: Sam George
Dr Stephen Hwang – Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Innet City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital “Canadian Crisis – the Hidden Cost of Homelessness”
Dr. Anita Palepu – UBC Associate Member, General Internal Medicine
Tom Laviolette – Director of Project Development, PHS Community Services Society
Laura Cowan – Executive Director, Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, Toronto
Michael Shapcott – Wellesley Institute, Toronto
Sean Spear – Associate Director, RainCity Housing
Meghan Thumath – Vancouver Coastal Health Clinical Practice Initiatives Lead, HIV/AIDS “Impact on Homelessness on HIV/AIDS and Approaches to Care and Treatment”
Craig Crawford (Acting) Vice President of Operations, BC Housing
Dr Bruce MacLaurin – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, U of C “Preventing Homelessness: Developing the Homelessness Asset & Risk Tool (HART) Bruce MacLaurin on behalf of the HART Research Team”
Wendy Muckle – Executive Director, Ottawa Inner City Health “Understanding What Works – Breaking Down Barriers to Housing and Healthy Living for Women
Liz Evans – Executive Director, PHS Community Services Society “SIS: Fight for Change
NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
08 November · 19:00 – 20:30
World Art Centre, 2nd Floor, SFU Woodward’s Campus, 149 West Hastings, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
NAOMI HEROIN ASSISTED TREATMENT RESARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
In January 2011, Dave Murray organized a group of participants from the NAOMI heroin assisted treatment research study in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
The NAOMI Patients Association (NPA) meets every Saturday at Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Shortly after NPA began to meet, they decided to work towards conducting their own research about their experiences as NAOMI research subjects. They were particularly interested in recording their experiences during and following NAOMI and making recommendations for future heroin and drug substitution research experiments and programs.
Being the only contemporary “research participants” in North America to receive heroin maintenance, they believe that they have unique knowledge about the NAOMI projectand its impact on the lives of those addicted.
The recommendations for future projects and programs are drawn from lived experiences.
The following presentation draws from these focus groups and NPA meetings.
Chair: Donald MacPherson, Director of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, former City of Vancouver Drug Policy Coordinator
Dave Murray, founder of NPA
Dianne Tobin, Vice-President of VANDU and member of NPA
Jewl Chapman, Member of VANDU and NPA
Susan Boyd, Professor, University of Victory, drug policy researcher
Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA meets Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton (CDPC) in Vancouver
Donald is drug policy change agent that believes a new paradigm is necessary that puts human rights, saving lives and public health first
CDPC is a broad based network of organizations, associations and individuals working together to develop drug policy and legislation based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health in Canada.