Date

12-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Jim Raines

Abstract

Access Support Network (ASN) in Salinas, CA is the only community organization to provide services to those living with HIV/Hep C and to facilitate a syringe exchange program (SEP). As Monterey County has been affected by the opioid epidemic, the syringe exchange has become a vital harm reduction practice to limit the spread of HIV/Hep C. The project that was implemented was a webinar at the December Hep C Charrette to inform participants of ASN’s harm reduction practices, syringe exchange expansion, and how it will benefit the community. After the webinar, 44% of participants reported an increase in knowledge due to the presentation. It is recommended that the Access Support Network continue to conduct informational presentations to increase support from community stakeholders.

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