Virginia Comprehensive Harm Reduction Collaborative
The Virginia Comprehensive Harm Reduction Collaborative (VCHRC) is comprised of a group of community-based organizations operating in Virginia that intend to establish new syringe services programs, as enabled through recent state policy changes. These programs will work to prevent HIV and viral hepatitis by providing injection drug users with harm reduction services including access to sterile injection equipment and related health education. The VCHRC is endorsed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and supported by the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), which serves as the coordinator of shared grant funds. Through a collaborative model, IPHI will share and distribute resources based on readiness and need to maximize success statewide. The participating community organizations are located throughout the state in geographically diverse areas, including urban, suburban and rural areas of Northern, Central, Southeastern and Southwestern Virginia.
Recently, VCHRC received a 2-year grant from the Syringe Access Fund to cover syringe services program supplies. The Syringe Access Fund is a national grantmaking collaborative focused on sterile syringe access and harm reduction services. Administered by AIDS United, the Syringe Access Fund is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the H. van Ameringen Foundation. VCHRC’s grant was attributed to the Elton John AIDS Foundation specifically. VCHRC is one of 62 projects across the country to receive funding from the Syringe Access Fund.