Webinar 52: Supporting the Health and Wellness of People Who Use Drugs
- Open to the Public
- Cynnimon B. Rain, BTR, MPH
Through a brief critical analysis of the types of services, supports, environments, and structural interventions that facilitate the improvement of health, social well-being and quality of life for and with people who use drugs and people with drug use experience we find that by acknowledging the inherent worth and dignity of each person is a necessary step in coming together to seek a solution. People who use drugs face barriers to access much needed health and wellness services, such barriers include social exclusion, stigma, discrimination, and poverty. Therefore, when addressing their health and wellness, it is essential to include the holistic needs of the individual. Whereby, the physical, mental, and social well-being cannot be separated from the environmental and structural contexts in which people live, work, and play.
1) Identifying what services, supports, and environments are barriers to the health, social well-being and quality of life outcomes for people who use drugs in the British Columbian context.
2) Identifying what types of services, supports, and environments are needed to improve the health, social well-being, and survival need issues for and with people who use drugs in the British Columbian context.
3) Identifying ways in which the core principles and values (as well as the competencies) of PSR are in alliance with interventions that improve the health, social well-being, and quality of life of people who use drugs
4) An increased understanding of the importance of an anti-oppressive framework being upheld as paramount to creating a more just and compassionate society that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of each and everyone.
We are pleased to have Cynnimon as our Presenter: Cynnimon Rain, has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Social Inequities and Health from SFU and a Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College. She has most recently worked as a community research associate on projects focusing on wellness for and with people with substance use experience. Her advocacy interests include promoting mental health and wellness, social equity and addressing the determinants of health for everyone. She herself includes playing outside as a major part of her own wellness toolbox.