Understanding & Bolstering the Harm Reduction Workforce in Massachusetts

Harm reduction focuses on reducing the negative consequences of drug use and supporting individuals in embracing positive change in their lives and health. The interventions can include a range of services such as syringe exchange, overdose education, naloxone distribution, and drug checking. Harm reduction practices can be misunderstood, and details of the size and scope of the harm reduction workforce – which includes a wide range of professionals – are limited.

To identify, quantify, and understand the harm reduction workforce, RIZE is partnering with Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management to conduct a detailed needs assessment of the harm reduction profession in Massachusetts through qualitative and quantitative research methods. The findings from this program have the potential to inform future investments to help attract, retain, and support this important workforce.