Harm Reduction Education

BHRC is working toward the day when harm reduction principles and practices are integrated into the fields of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work. BHRC aims to fill the current harm reduction education gap in Maryland by offering trainings, seminars, curriculum support and educational materials to supplement traditional education for students, health professionals and the wider community.

Harm Reduction Trainings

These introductory seminars are aimed at anyone with an interest in harm reduction principles and practices.

Training Topics

  • Power and Privilege
  • Sex, Drugs, and Overdose
  • Baltimore’s Harm Reduction Landscape

Spring Speaker Series and Fall Symposium

Our annual Spring Speaker Series and Fall Symposium, typically held at universities in Baltimore, have provided a forum for experts in harm reduction, health policy and practice to provide seminars to students, faculty and staff on topics that are underrepresented in traditional university program curricula.


Spring Speaker Series



Spring Speaker Series

  • Susan Sherman, Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A fine balance: Challenges of harm reduction research in the field.
  • Peter Beilenson, Physician, CEO of Evergreen Health. Healthcare and Harm Reduction in Maryland


Spring Speaker Series

  • Jean-Michelle Brevelle, Sexual Minorities Program Manager at Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Harm Reduction Approaches to LGBT Sexual Health: A Guided Tour for Clinicians

Fall Symposium

  • Sharon Stancliff, Medical Direction at Harm Reduction Coalition. All Hands on Deck: Working Together to Overcome the Overdose Epidemic.


Spring Speaker Series

  • Ellyn Loy, Director of Counseling Services, Outreach Programs, and Training, House of Ruth. Beyond ‘Just Leave!’: The Reality of Responding to the needs of Intimate Partner Violence Victims.
  • Ellen Weber, Professor of Law at University of Maryland. Law, Public Health, and Health Care Reform: Will We Build a More Comprehensive Care System for Persons With Addiction Problems?
  • David Epstein, National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Long Arm of the Lab: Studying Addiction Where It Lives
  • Gardnel Carter and Daniel Webster. Safe Streets: Reducing Violent Crime and Youth Violence in East Baltimore.

Fall Symposium

  • Cyndee Clay, Director of Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS). The Intersection of Sex Work, Harm Reduction and Public Health.


Fall Symposium

  • Josiah D. Rich, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University. The Epidemic of Incarceration in the U.S.

Curriculum Development

We are actively pursuing opportunities with universities, institutions, and local organizations to help them incorporate harm reduction into their social service curricula.