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Improving hospital experiences for people who use substances: Bringing harm reduction and other substance use services to the patient bedside

June 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Elaine Hyshka is Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, and Scientific Director of the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Her program of health systems and services research is focused on advancing a public health approach to substance use in Canada. She works closely with service providers, health authorities, people with lived experience of substance use, and all levels of government to identify, evaluate, and scale systems innovations for improving health outcomes and advancing health equity. Dr. Hyshka is Co-Chair of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Group on safer pharmaceutical alternatives to illegal street drugs, and between May 2017 and November 2019, she was a Co-Chair of the Alberta Minister of Health’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission.