I received an email today from the Harm Reduction Coalition which outlines over Five Million Dollars in Grants which have been made available in several States, one of which is Kentucky.
Grants were awarded in two categories; provide and educate.
Grantees will use funds to provide new or expanded harm reduction services for people who use drugs or to educate the community about harm reduction. Funding also supports staffing and creating positions, training, and support groups for people who use drugs. With more than 120 applications reviewed, the 44 projects awarded the 18-month funding allocation were selected by a committee of regional and national harm reduction experts, including people with lived experience.
Beyond funding support, the HepConnect Initiative will also include a regional team of four full-time staff, including the new Regional Director Dr. Orisha Bowers, who is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Three regional resource coordinators will be hired to support grantees and other groups and organizations with technical assistance, community mobilization, and site visits. Grantees represent local syringe access and harm reduction programs, public health departments, and other organizations working in their respective regions to expand access to harm reduction and support services for people who use drugs:
The following outlines how the Grants were dispersed:
Indiana Grantees ($934K)
- Provide: Aliveness Project, Aspire Indiana Health, Imani and Unidad, Indiana Recovery Alliance, The Never Alone Project
- Educate: Indiana Recovery Alliance, The Never Alone Project
Kentucky Grantees ($1.05 million)
- Provide: Appalachian Regional Healthcare, AVOL Kentucky, Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Muhlenberg County Health Department, Whitley County Health Department
- Educate: Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Research Foundation
North Carolina Grantees ($1.36 million)
- Provide: Center for Prevention Services, Hyde County Health Department, North Carolina Harm Reduction, North Carolina Survivors Union, Steady Collective, The Olive Branch Ministry, Twin City Harm Reduction Collective
- Educate: North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Carolina Harm Reduction, North Carolina Survivors Union, Steady Collective, Twin City Harm Reduction Collective
Tennessee Grantees ($1.09 million)
- Provide: Choice Health Network / Positively Living, Next Step Initiative, Street Works, Tennessee Recovery Alliance
- Educate: Next Step Initiative, Partnership to End AIDS Status (PEAS), Tennessee Recovery Alliance, WeCareTN
West Virginia Grantees ($929K)
- Provide: Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Opioid Response Innovation Initiative, Milan Puskar Health Right, Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition
- Educate: Cabin Creek Health Systems, Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition, The Community Education Group