I'm currently a Nurse Practitioner with the ARCH team working with the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alex. I became involved in ANCHR after taking a harm reduction self-study course and realizing that there was not much offered for nurses in terms of harm reduction education and training. As nurses, we are often the first line of contact with the healthcare system and it is important to understand the importance of harm reduction. I believe harm reduction reflects nursing at its core and truly works with people and communities with where they are at. Through ANCHR, I hope that we can support nurses, break stigma, and advocate for change so that we can feel comfortable and competent working with people with where they are at in order to achieve positive health outcomes for all.
Katrina Stephenson Vice President
Katrina has been an RN since 2005 and worked in a variety of settings including acute care, public health, and community care environments. Prior to working at the Supervised Consumption Site at the Boyle Street Co-op in Edmonton, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator at Providence Crosstown Clinic as well as being involved with the clinical trial SALOME that offered injectable opiates to those who did not benefit from conventional treatment.
Jenna Kocik Director of Communications
Focusing my career on the public and community health sector, I have worked with diverse populations such as indigenous groups, the at-risk and at various correctional facilities. I have experience in northern nursing and providing comprehensive care in communicable disease programs, including tuberculosis and sexual transmitted infections. I worked as a street nurse at the needle exchange program in Edmonton focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV and Hep C. Presently, I am employed as a clinical development nurse for the STI/HIV Provincial Program and have a Masters in Public Health from the University of Liverpool. I believe that harm reduction should be incorporated in all nursing care regardless of the practice setting. These approaches recognize the need for risk reduction, health and safety promotion and the prevention of disability and death. I hope ANCHR can support nurses and advocate for changes in public policies to integrate harm reduction in health care.
Georgia Dewart Treasurer
I am currently a full time doctoral student at the University of Alberta with a clinical background in labour and delivery and women’s health. I returned to graduate studies to research HIV care and health equity. It was through this education that I began to learn about the importance and need for harm reduction. In my clinical and research work, I have seen firsthand, the need for nonjudgmental, compassionate services for women and mothers. I believe that by advancing harm reduction principles in care we can improve the experiences and outcomes of not only marginalized communities but all patients. I hope that ANCHR serves as a community and educational network for nurses committed to the principles of harm reduction. I truly believe that ANCHR will help improve health care within the Province of Alberta by encouraging the advancement and acceptance of harm reduction principles.
Jessica Muller Education Coordinator
Hello! In 2006 I graduated from the University of Alberta’s After Degree Program in Nursing. I worked in women’s health for several years before returning to school to attain a Master of Nursing in Leadership. While doing my graduate work, I became very interested in harm reduction and working with marginalized populations. I had the opportunity to do my final placement with The Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and was subsequently hired as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the program. It was during this time that some other board members and I created ANCHR. We noticed a need for harm reduction education, resources and learning opportunities for nurses and so ANCHR was born. I currently work at the STI clinic in Edmonton and enjoy the having the role of Education Coordinator for with ANCHR.
Rachel Boyle Secretary
Hi, my name is Rachel Boyle and I am a Registered Nurse at Streetworks. I graduated from MacEwan University with a BScN in 2017. Before I started with Streetworks, I had only every heard of discrimination and shame surrounding substance use and I pursued a job at Streetworks to make a difference in the lives of people who are often most overlooked and stigmatized. As the lead nurse at Streetworks for the sexually transmitted and blood borne pathogens (STBBIs) program, I enhance access, provide education, and offer support to clients using STBBI services. Partnered with an outreach worker, we offer direct support to our community, which begins with building personal connections and trusting relationships. I love the work I do and ANCHR allows me to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others. I hope that ANCHR can strengthen 'role in harm reduction and help reduce the stigma related to substance use.