Focus Areas: Addiction & Overdose
Harm Reduction Action Center
In January 2017, Kathryn joined the Harm Reduction Action Center as the new Director of Programs and Data Evaluation. In this role, Kathryn is responsible for analyzing data for grants and conducting HIV and HCV testing for participants; she also assists in facilitating the syringe access program, which includes tracking and analyzing all syringe access data, evaluating program outcomes, and writing monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports to funders including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Environmental Health, and numerous foundations and private donors. In her capacity as the agency's HIV/HCV/STI tester, she spent the last three years conducting over 800 HIV and HCV tests (identifying three new cases of HIV) and helped guide the participants through the linkage-to-care process.
The mission of the Harm Reduction Action Center (HRAC) is to educate, empower, and advocate for the health and dignity of Denver's injection drug users, in accordance with harm reduction principles. The Harm Reduction Action Center is the state's largest public health agency that works specifically with people who inject drugs. The HRAC has been an agency for the past 18 years, with syringe access services for the last eight years. Since 2009, the HRAC's People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) Advisory Committee has been meeting monthly to inform agency programs and identify ways for the organization to make progress together. The HRAC's PWID Advisory Committee has directed all seven pieces of statewide legislation and three Denver City Council policy changes made by the HRAC.