Current Fellows
Addiction & Overdose

Charles Hawthorne

Bloomberg Fellow

Charles is the Capacity Building Coordinator at Harm Reduction Coalition, where he provides technical assistance to organizations that want to incorporate harm reduction into their service provision model. His main focus is supporting programs in San Francisco that offer services and resources to people experiencing homelessness. Charles works with a variety of organizations, ranging from syringe access and substance use treatment programs to temporary and supportive housing providers; he assesses opportunities for growth and provides tailored capacity-building services. Overall, his work focuses on how service providers can offer the highest level of care to people who use drugs, especially unhoused people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

For the past 25 years, Harm Reduction Coalition, a national organization, has been consistently working to challenge and dismantle the stigma around people who use drugs, through training and capacity-building, policy and advocacy, and overdose prevention. The organization is strengthened by a network of partners and allies in diverse fields, including social justice, public health, and housing organizations. Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use; its efforts center on advancing harm reduction policies and practices by supporting local programs across the United States and its territories that address the adverse effects of drug use, including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.

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