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Events Explore Harm Reduction Practices & Policies

October 1, 2010 – (New York, NY) The Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College (CHMP) is proud to bring two women at the vanguard of harm reduction practice to New York for a series of events October 25, 26, and 28, 2010.

Juanita Maginley and Fiona Gold are from the British Columbia Street Nursing Program. Their work is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing.” Earlier this month, they were the recipients of the prestigious Human Rights Award from the International Centre for Nursing Ethics for their compassionate, courageous work. Ms. Maginley and Ms. Gold’s full bios are below.

“We are thrilled to bring Juanita and Fiona to New York – a city for which drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among young adults,” said CHMP Co-Director and Hunter College Rudin Professor of Nursing Dr. Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD. “The Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College is hosting these events with the Vancouver nurses in order to advance conversations about harm reduction in this country.” Center Co-Director Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH, adds, “It’s our hope that both policy makers and media will be inspired by “Bevel Up” to take a more compassionate and realistic look at harm reduction.”

Juanita Maginley and Fiona Gold will be participating in the following events:

Monday, October 25:

“Media, Policy and Harm Reduction”

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th street, New York

This intimate panel discussion at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute of harm reduction practice will include the Vancouver nurses showing highlights of “Bevel Up” and making remarks. The panel will also include an expert on NYC harm reduction policy, a health care provider specializing in harm reduction and a person currently struggling with addiction. For guest list or media requests, contact This event is not open to the public.

Location:  Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College at 47-49 East 65th Street.

Tuesday, October 26:

Screening of “Bevel Up” with Q&A

“Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing.”
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hunter  College Bellevue School of Nursing, 425 East 25th Street
First Floor “cafeteria”

This event screens the entire “Bevel Up” documentary, with discussion by the Vancouver nurses. Designed for students of medicine and nursing, public policy, public health, and other related fields, the screening also includes a discussion of using “Bevel Up” as a teaching tool. For guest list or media requests, contact This event is not open to the public.

Thursday, October 28:

Juanita Maginley and Fiona Gold at the New York Academy of Medicine’s Ninth International Conference on Urban Health

“Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing”
Juanita Maginley and Fiona Gold of the British Columbia Street Nursing Program
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Room 20

The nurses’ only event which is open to the public, this prestigious conference brings together international experts for a partial screening and short discussion of harm reduction in varying urban settings. (1216 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street)

The Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College (CHMP) wishes to thank the Open Society Foundations for their generous grant which makes this programming possible.

For more information, to obtain a media pass or interview with Ms. Maginley or Ms. Gold, please contact Tristin Aaron,, (718) 938 4078.


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<p>Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.</p>

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