Webinar: Research on benefits and challenges of overdose prevention sites

The next in our PAN Presents webinar series focuses on overdose prevention site research and evaluation. Mary Clare Kennedy, PhD and Michelle Olding, MPH of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of British Columbia will present on recent research examining benefits and challenges of overdose prevention sites, including studies examining health impacts of these services and the production of burnout among overdose response workers with lived experience. The presentation will be followed by Q&A.

Date: February 24, 2022

Time: 10 AM Pacific time


Mary Clare Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at UBC Okanagan and a Research Scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). Dr. Kennedy’s research draws on quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine social-structural dimensions of health among people who use drugs and the implementation and effectiveness of novel harm reduction interventions, including safe supply programs and innovations in the delivery of supervised consumption services. Read: Health impacts of a scale-up of supervised injection services in a Canadian setting: an interrupted time series analysis


Michelle Olding, MPH, is a Research Assistant with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and a doctoral student at UBC. Her dissertation research uses ethnographic methods to investigate how socio-legal dynamics are shaping the implementation, operation and effectiveness of overdose prevention interventions. Prior to her studies at UBC, Michelle served as a project coordinator at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Read: “And we just have to keep going”: Task shifting and the production of burnout among overdose response workers with lived experience



Suggested audience:

  • People who use drugs and members of their communities
  • Frontline workers providing support in HIV, hepatitis C and/or harm reduction
  • Peer support workers
  • Executive Directors and program managers
  • Social service and healthcare providers
  • People working in policy and public health
  • Allies and community members


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