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Kanna Hayashi

Harm Reduction in an Unprecedented Overdose Crisis

The ongoing drug toxicity crisis, declared as a public health emergency in British Columbia in 2016, has been severely exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and continues to take a serious toll on our communities. In order to address this unprecedented overdose crisis, a range of harm reduction interventions (both existing and new) that are grounded in people’s lived experiences, scientific evidence and health equity are desperately needed, now more than ever. This lecture will briefly introduce harm reduction, present some harm reduction interventions that have been done in B.C., and discuss what still needs to be done.

— Kanna Hayashi

About the lecturer

Kanna Hayashi is a substance use epidemiologist, the St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research, and an assistant professor at SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also a research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She leads the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), a long-running study that operates in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and follows over 1,000 people who inject drugs. Her research aims to inform public health-oriented approaches to laws, policies and programs and thereby reduce drug-related harm among people who use drugs.

About the President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

Each short lecture by an SFU researcher will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session livestreamed from the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

This year, lecturers will approach the themes of equity and justice from a variety of disciplines.

When

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

6:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Online event

This online event will be livestreamed from the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

The event will be recorded, and a link to the captioned video recording will be emailed to all registrants after the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact psqevent@sfu.ca.

Accessibility, technology and privacy

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

The event will be recorded, and a link to the captioned video recording will be emailed to all registrants after the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility for this event, please contact psqevent@sfu.ca.

Potential for in-person attendance

We may open up a limited number of in-person tickets for this lecture and future events in the series. We’ll send everyone who’s registered for the livestream the first chance to claim these tickets, so register now if you’re interested!

Registration and password

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

Technology requirements

To engage in this online event, you will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.

We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.

Protecting your privacy

This event will be recorded, but only the speakers will be visible in the published recording. The recording will be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube and social media channels.

To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password-protect the event
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy:

  • We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others:

  • Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.

If you have any questions about this event’s accessibility, technology requirements or privacy, please connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca.

Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the usernames and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
  • Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.