The three-phase cross-sectional study took place between January 2014 and June 2015 across 14 syringe exchange programs in all five boroughs of NYC. The 2015 report reflects the findings from the second phase of the study (n=1,340) and were produced by members of the IDUHA monitoring and evaluation (M&E) committee. The study design, methodology, and survey instrument were conceptualized and developed by the members of the IDUHA M&E committee. Data were collected by trained field interviewers using face-to-face interviews in drop-in centers, mobile units, street-based outreach and other venues where people who use drugs receive harm reduction services. The results and data analyses were conducted by members of the M&E committee and reviewed by various government and academic researchers. The study was supported by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, The MAC AIDS Fund, and the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Data collected from this study were shared with individual harm reduction programs to guide and support their own programmatic practices and funding proposals. Data will be open source and available for public use in 2016 to support and inform community research projects.
A special thanks to all of the participants, peers, staff and volunteers of harm reduction programs for your cooperation and commitment to this project.
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