This Research Spotlight Webinar featured a presentation and discussion of the evaluation of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre's (PQWCHC) Safer Opioid Supply (SOS) Program.
The session included an overview of the program, a summary of key evaluation findings, and context on how these findings align with current research and advocacy led by people who use drugs.
- Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre Safer Opioid Supply 2023 Evaluation Report
- An infographic summarizing the report
- Parkdale Queen West Safer Opioid Supply Program information
- Parkdale Queen West Safer Opioid Supply Program intake mailing list
- Reframing Diversion for Health Care Providers: Frequently Asked Questions
About Our Speakers
Paul Colosimo (SOS Case Manager, PQWCHC): For close to a decade, Paul has been working in an intensive supportive role providing one on one case management for individuals with unique complexities in unique community settings, with focuses ranging from substance use, physical health, and transitions from homelessness. Paul currently works in collaboration with clinical teams at PQWCHC to enhance wrap around supports for clients receiving Safer Opioid Supply.
Kate Atkinson (SOS Project Manager, PQWCHC): Kate joined the PQWCHC SOS Program in 2021, bringing experience in education, research, and health advocacy. Her role includes collecting and managing program data as well as supporting special projects and administration.
Ashley Smoke (Capacity Building Lead, Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative of Ontario): Ashley Smoke is a two spirited, single parent to a neurodivergent toddler who has lived experience with drug use, sex work, criminalization and other systems of oppression. They are currently the Capacity Building Lead at the Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative of Ontario and work as a consultant for the Dr. Peter Centre, CAMH, METAPHI, and others. They also sit on the board of CAPUD and ONPUD, the Federal Government’s PWLLE Council and have founded and cofounded 5 drug user-led advocacy groups. They currently live in Port Hope and are working to dismantle the stigmatizing views of PWUD in Northumberland County.