Prevention's Role in Harm Reduction

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Harm reduction is increasingly emphasized as an important approach when working across the continuum of care. While many in the prevention field remain focused on primary prevention, opportunities exist for preventionists to support and augment local harm reduction efforts. This webinar will focus on steps prevention practitioners can take to support harm reduction efforts, including:

  • promoting community readiness to support harm reduction approaches,
  • addressing substance use disorder-related stigma,
  • and linking harm reduction efforts to more "upstream" efforts.



  • Describe how harm reduction can be addressed across the continuum of care
  • Describe the primary prevention field’s role in harm reduction efforts
  • Identify at least three actions prevention practitioners can take to support and augment local harm reduction efforts



Chuck Klevgaard

Chuck Klevgaard serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center.  He delivers training and technical assistance to support substance misuse prevention throughout the Midwest. Chuck has supported communities and health agencies as they adopt evidence-based alcohol, opioid, and other substance misuse programs or policies.

Chuck earned his BSW from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist through the Illinois Certification Board, Inc.


Kris Gabrielsen

Kris Gabrielsen has worked in the substance misuse prevention field since 1991. She was the Associate Director of the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), co-authored the first Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training curriculum, and co-authored the textbook, Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice. She works with states and communities across the nation to bridge the gap between research and practice, assisting prevention professionals in maximizing their effectiveness.

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