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Featured Resource:
"A Public Health Approach to Overdose Prevention" by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 8/22/12


Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of HIV/AIDS: "HIV/AIDS Service and Resource Guide." October 2012

Winter/Spring 2014
Regional Training
for BSAS funded drug/alcohol treatment programs:

Canton (Overdose Prevention/Naloxone Responder)

2/12/14 Tewksbury (Incorporating Harm Reduction Skill into Your Work)

3/3/14 Northampton (Motivational Interviewing)

4/8/14 Worcester (The Logistics Developing Client-Centered HIV Education Groups)

5/6/14 Brockton (Viral Hepatitis ABCs: The Basics)

6/16/14 Canton (Facilitating Group Education on the Topic of "Preventing Unintentional Opioid Overdoses")

Upcoming PAC-Net Meetings

  • May 5, 2014, Northampton
  • May 7, 2014, Canton*
  • May 8, 2014, Brockton
  • May 13, 2014, Canton
  • May 14, 2014, Worcester
  • May 15, 2014, Tewksbury

(PACs need attend only one of these dates)

* Due to logistical problems Boston PACNet will take place at Canton site

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SPHERE is an HIV/AIDS capacity-building project that works with health and human service providers to integrate HIV/viral Hepatitis education and services and harm reduction into their work.

We work with:

  • drug and alcohol treatment providers,
  • community health workers,
  • family planning providers,
  • HIV service workers,
  • youth service providers,
  • outreach workers, and
  • providers working in correctional settings.

Our goals are to:

  • increase provider knowledge
  • improve provider integration skills
  • build provider referral capacity
  • support provider willingness and capacity to engage in integration activities
  • support clients to receive the HIV related information and support they need

Our activities include:

  • client-centered state-of-the-art training
  • skill-building opportunities
  • resources and provider tools
  • ongoing technical assistance

Currently, our primary areas of focus are:

  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Harm reduction
  • Opioid overdose prevention
  • Substance Use/Mis-use

We are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to offer HIV/AIDS statewide capacity-building support to DPH-funded drug and alcohol treatment programs in Massachusetts.

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For more information about Health Imperatives and other services provided by the agency, please visit Prevention & Community Services. For more information on The Statewide Homeless/HIV Integration Project (SH/HIP), click here.