Open Society Foundations (OSF) co-sponsored the 12th National Harm Reduction Conference in New Orleans last week and several Open Society staff members and OSI-Baltimore grantees spoke and participated in panel discussions. OSI-Baltimore is OSF’s only US field office.
Daniel Wolfe, director of OSF’s International Harm Reduction Development Program and Roxanne Saucier, a researcher and analyst with Open Society’s Public Health Program, presented a session called “Under Our Skin? New Addiction Treatments and the Bias Against Patient Choice.” Marc Krupanski, a program officer in OSF’s Public Health program participated in a town hall on “Policing and Criminalization.”
Among the many OSI-Baltimore grantees who led sessions were Rajani Gudlavaletti of Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition/BRIDGES, Susan Sherman of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Laura Bartolomei-Hill of the Behavioral Health Leadership Institutes, Christopher Welsh of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and William Miller, Jr., of Behavioral Health System Baltimore and BMORE POWER. You can review the full program here.
Scott Nolen, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Addiction and Health Equity program, participated in the Black Harm Reduction Pre-Conference on Wednesday.