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4.2.1

Work with community partners to improve harm reduction and prevention programming for substance misuse.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
In 2012-2013, Region of Waterloo Public Health established the Harm Reduction Coordinating Committee, which is comprised of representatives from over 15 community organizations. Work groups are now being established to develop action plans for each prioritized recommendation.

In addition, Region of Waterloo Public Health introduced harm reduction program and service improvements in 2013 and 2014, including overdose prevention training in a local high school, and the provision of naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose) at Region of Waterloo Public Health clinics.

In November 2012 Region of Waterloo Public Health held a Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) forum to inform and engage community partners in substance misuse prevention.  A WRIDS Prevention Coordinating Committee (PCC) comprised of 7 community partners was then formed to develop a multi –year action plan in 2013. From January 2013 to the present, the PCC has met five times and accomplished the following:

  • Identified 10 WRIDS recommendations tied to the primary prevention of substance misuse.
  • Prioritized the 10 recommendations by reviewing potential impact, effort as well as community capacity.
  • Proposed that action take place over the next 3 years, beginning with those recommendations deemed highest priority
  • Recommended the formation of working groups, comprised of a diversity of community partners, to activate the prevention recommendations.

Progress Update (September 2013)

After completing a community consultation process, Region of Waterloo Public Health established the Waterloo Region Harm Reduction Coordinating Committee in Q4 2012/Q1 2013. The committee, which includes a variety of community members with varying organizational and personal perspectives, recently decided how it will prioritize the 23 harm reduction-related recommendations in the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy. In Q3/Q4 the committee will complete the prioritization process and develop an implementation plan for the prioritized activities.

After completing a community consultation process, Region of Waterloo Public Health established the Waterloo Region Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinating Committee in Q2 2013. The committee, which includes stakeholders from a variety of organizations in our community. The committee has reviewed 14 prevention-related recommendations from the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy and has decided to focus on 6 recommendations in 4 priority areas. In Q3/Q4 the committee will complete the strategic and action planning process and develop an implementation plan.

Progress Update (January 2013)

To date, the Region has completed the literature review and background documentation to support the completion of the Integrated Drug Strategy which provides the template and purpose for community involvement. 

Start up of the community based harm reduction advisory group is projected for the fall of 2012.  The work of the group will be focused on the community at large.

Progress Indicators

  • Create an advisory group/steering committee to guide the review and development/enhancement of programs
  • Conduct of inventory/review of harm reduction programs offered in Waterloo Region, including gaps, program effectiveness, etc.
  • In community organizations in Waterloo Region, implement opportunities to enhance existing harm reduction programs, and explore/implement opportunities for program expansion
  • Implement opportunities to improve existing harm reduction/prevention programs and explore/implement opportunities for program expansion in Region of Waterloo facilities, and/or facilities funded/supported by Region of Waterloo

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)