AHRC engages directly with grassroots advocacy, research and direct services to those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, gender, STIs, HIV, hepatitis and other communicable diseases. We work to bring those individuals that engage in high-risk activities closer to prevention and health services, regardless of their choices, circumstances or lifestyle, and all services are free of charge.AHRC utilizes a Harm Reduction model to serve our clients.
The Harm Reduction philosophy is a non-judgmental approach that allows AHRC to meet individuals “where they are” so we can identify and reduce the harm associated with their situations, such as substance abuse, injection drug use, sex work and other marginalizing conditions.
Using this approach we accept and work with people “as they are” which allows us to help people live healthier lives by tailoring specific risk-reduction plans based on an individual’s specific lifestyle related (self-identified) risks and reasonable (self-set) goals.
Our partners provide support that helps to enable AHRC in the
role of supportive facilitator, helping participants develop the motivation and skills to change high- risk behaviors.