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I am a dedicated and passionate public health professional who’s spent the past two decades fighting for equitable access to health resources and services for communities that have been historically marginalized and underserved. As a person with lived experience, I am firmly committed to advancing health justice through low-barrier harm reduction and housing-first initiatives.  I discovered my passion for harm reduction in 2009 when I began volunteering with HIPS, a mobile harm reduction program in Washington, DC. This experience inspired me to pursue a Masters' degree in public health so that I could support groups to develop and implement programs that drive positive change.

About Me

Although my clients these days are mostly CBOs and health departments, I stay connected to the issues impacting my community by volunteering as an outreach worker and serving on the board of directors of a harm reduction program in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood. My lived experience and first-hand experience serving and organizing alongside people who use drugs, sex workers, and people experiencing homelessness gives me the ability to engage with and understand the communities I serve, fostering trust and collaboration. I’m proud to say I’ve helped hundreds of people get connected to care, reversed dozens of overdoses, and been there to listen to people on their darkest days when they felt like no one else would.

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