Harm Reduction Law and Policy Strategies to Address Disparities in Infectious Disease Prevention

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The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) partnered with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), and the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) to develop a literature review and case study as well as a webinar with harm reduction subject matter experts from Washington State Department Health and Mason County Public Health and Human Services. The following objectives were used to guide this project:


  • Examine the impact of Syringe Services Program (SSPs) laws and policies on health disparities.
  • Share lessons learned from a case study of drug control policies on the health of people who use drugs.
  • Advance harm reduction and health equity efforts by forging partnerships to improve the health of people who use drugs and prevent the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis.


The Impact of Harm Reduction Policies and Programs on Health Equity in the United States: A Scoping Review
View Scoping Review | View Appendix

Harm Reduction Law and Policy Strategies
Webinar | Presentation Slides


If you’re interested in learning more about the program or have questions, please contact the Health and Racial Equity team hre@nnphi.org.

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (NOFO OT18-1802, titled Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health) totaling $100,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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