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Harm Reduction Position Statement from the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer


MANDATE - The mandate of The 595 is to work with peers, network members, policy makers, and community leaders to make recommendations regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of STBBI prevention initiatives based on evidence and best practice with priority populations. 


VISION - The 595 is a broad and diverse network of peers, service providers, administrators, and policy-makers collaborating to provide province-wide access to services, materials and resources rooted in the principles of health promotion for priority populations. We are committed to using and promoting evidence-based practices. We are peer driven with peers having strong representation in all aspects of the network.


HISTORY - In December 2001, Manitoba Health produced a discussion paper titled “Towards a Provincial Harm Reduction Philosophy.” The intent of this document was to initiate harm reduction discussions at a provincial level.
     In 2002, Manitoba Health funded the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) to conduct a roundtable discussion on harm reduction for Manitoba. Nine Circles Community Health Centre carried out the work and produced a final report with recommendations. The main recommendation was that Manitoba Health provide leadership to the process of implementing a Manitoba Harm Reduction Strategy.
     In the interim Health Canada, the WRHA and Nine Circles Community Health Centre contracted to develop a “Framework for Prevention.” This document succeeded in providing the Harm Reduction Network with examples of practical ideas that put harm reduction into an operational context.
     In February 2004, The Manitoba Harm Reduction Network met to develop an action plan to address gaps in STI and blood borne infections in Manitoba. This action plan aims to support the development and implementation of harm reduction based policies and initiatives that will reduce the adverse health, social, and economic consequences of harmful behaviours and attitudes. The action plan is reviewed, evaluated, and revised every three years by the members and partners of the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network.
In May 2010, the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network changes its name and incorporated under The 595 Prevention Team. This reflects the inclusion of the Peer Based Organizations that we work in partnership with.


STRATEGIC PRIORITIES - STRATEGIC PRIORITY #1 - Welcoming peer input and meaningful peer involvement!

STRATEGIC PRIORITY #2 - Increase the promotion and education of resources rooted in principles of harm reduction for Peers and professionals in Manitoba.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY #3 - Increase access to services, materials and resources to those in need

STRATEGIC PRIORITY #4 - Broadly integrating the philosophy of evidence based practice in STBBIs.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY #5 - Marketing The 595 Prevention Team.