“Do No Harm – Harm Reduction” by Dr. Jennifer Mullendore and Michael Harney
July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
“First, Do No Harm” is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught and is a fundamental principle throughout the world. Does it extend to taking action toward “Harm Reduction?” How do we navigate when politics and morality conflict with life-saving harm reduction policies and ethical action?
Jenni and Michael will explore several controversial harm reduction initiatives throughout Western North Carolina including Needle Exchange Programs – where sterile syringes, life-saving overdose-reversing naloxone (Narcan) and other harm reduction supplies are available; HIV & viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C) prevention programs – including free HIV and hepatitis C testing and info on the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis pill; and other harm reduction programs and strategies.
As a matter of both public health and civil rights, we must practice compassion over judgment. What can we do to end the stigma? Join us to learn about Harm Reduction, hear inspiring stories and explore individual and social bias.
Dr. Jennifer Mullendoreis the Medical Director at Buncombe County Health & Human Services and has been with the Buncombe County Department of Health for over 10 years. She was formerly a resident family physician at Moses Cone. Jenni received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and her MSPH in Maternal and Child Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Michael Harney co-founded the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (circa 1994) and serves as an HIV/AIDS/STD/Hepatitis prevention educator with Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), and as a street outreach worker sometimes known as “The Rubberman.”
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome.