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Injection Drug Users’ Utilization of Health Care in New York City:
Through the principles of harm reduction, the Harm Reduction Coalition addresses the adverse affects of drug use. To better advocate for the health care needs of injection drug users, the student intern conducted a pilot study at syringe exchange programs. The pilot study included topical literature research, the formation of a community advisory board, a focus group, the administration of two surveys, and interviews with current and former injection drug users on their health care experiences. In addition, the student intern also videoed select interviewee’s anecdotes regarding health care for advocacy purposes. The student intern completed the design of the focus group moderator guide and interview protocol, design of the surveys, facilitation of the board, conduction of the focus group and interviews, video editing, and quantitative and qualitative research using the gathered data. The results will be compiled in a report to be used by the organization for advocacy purposes.