Savannah O’Neill, MSW she/her

For over 15 years, Savannah has been committed to working at the interpersonal, community and statewide levels to advance the health of those most vulnerable to structural violence. She is experienced in facilitation, diverse coalition building, and program design. As the Associate Director of National Harm Reduction Coalition, she led the California Harm Reduction Initiative (CHRI), the largest state investment into harm reduction programs in U.S. history. Additionally, while in that role she supported the establishment of 20+ new syringe access programs, and built harm reduction services in emergency departments. Prior to that she created and implemented the first ever countywide overdose prevention and naloxone distribution program for Alameda County at HIV Education Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC). She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan with a scholarship for her work in integrated health care, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has extensive experience with HIV clinics, women’s healthcare, jails and prisons, and harm reduction services, and this shapes how she provides technical assistance to organizations, her research and writing, and how she shows up in meetings.

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