An Introduction to Harm Reduction (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

21 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on November 18, 2019.

Training Overview
What is Harm Reduction? How does it improve public health? By focusing on positive change, harm reduction encompasses a range of evidence-based and cost-effective services to reduce negative consequences for people who use drugs. During this webinar you will learn about specific harm reduction interventions including Syringe Service Programs (SSP) and Naloxone distribution. Also there will be insight into a few of the barriers to successfully implement harm reductions programs as well as how these programs can make the community stronger and more capable of reducing overdose, disease burden and community isolation.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Robert Childs, MPH is currently a Technical Expert Lead at JBS International, focusing on providing technical assistance on rural overdose prevention projects. He also worked as North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition’s (NCHRC) Executive Director from 2009-2018 and oversaw the agency's operations, program implementation and innovation. Robert Childs specializes in harm reduction practice, overdose prevention and response initiatives, drug policy advocacy and reform, law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) and law enforcement occupational safety & drug overdose response. At NCHRC, Robert helped develop the largest syringe exchange network, as well as community and law enforcement based naloxone distribution programs in the US South. He has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the US Congress, the FDA and multiple state legislatures on his work.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • define harm reduction goals and principles.
  • explain how harm reduction can improve public health.
  • describe two harm reduction interventions: syringe service programs and naloxone distribution.
  • identify policy/legal barriers to successfully implement harm reduction programs
  • describe why harm reduction programs make the community stronger and more capable of reducing overdose, disease burden and community isolation


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

An Introduction to Harm Reduction
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