We are proud to present Monique Tula as the keynote speaker for the Texas Harm Reduction Conference, 2020. Monique is the Executive Director of the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and is globally recognized with over 20 years of experience in harm reduction efforts and advocacy. Monique specializes in the development of community-based organization, and has facilitated the development of numerous organizations throughout our career. She is a proud alumnus of the Centers for Disease Control's Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership, and currently serves as the Board Chair for BEAM, a collective that aims to provide Black Americans and Black communities with mental and emotional health resources and advocacy.
Joy Rucker is the Executive Director of the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance in Austin, TX, and has been a lifetime advocate for Harm Reduction and Social Justice. She first began her work in harm reduction as an outreach worker in Boston focusing on HIV prevention and service accessibility for people who inject drugs. Joy has worked with the Black Coalition of AIDS (BCA) as the Program Director for Transitional Housing in San Francisco as well as the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). In Oakland, she served as the Executive Director of the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, which founded the first Harm Reduction drop-in center in Oakland.
Mark Kinzly has worked in the field of Harm Reduction and Public Health for the past 30 years bringing innovative interventions to the drug using, drug recovery and academic community. Mark has worked as a Research Associate at Yale University's School of Medicine and Public Health and has been the Coordinator and Project Manager of a number of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded studies. He was the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Andrew Weil award in the field of Drug Education for promoting honest, science base drug education in place of ineffective scare tactics. Mark is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and is a founding member of the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance and the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI). Through TONI, Mark provides overdose awareness, technical assistance, and overdose trainings for law enforcement, active drug users, family/friends of persons on opioids, Medicated Assisted Recovery clinics and educational institutions. He has the honor of being a member of the curriculum development team for Overdose Prevention/Education for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He has also served on the Community Advisory Committee and Executive Committee at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
Your investment in these evidence-based principles will bring Texans together to learn and collaborate about the issues affecting people who use substances today. This event will bring together people affected by the failed drug war and the people who love them, promoting networking and sharing that has been integral to the work thus far. Your donation is important to making this event a success.