Emma Roberts

Director of Capacity Building – Harm Reduction Coalition

Emma Roberts has worked for the Harm Reduction Coalition as a training consultant since 2009, and in 2014 became a full-time member of staff for the organisation. Her focus as director of capacity building services is to coordinate the provision of technical assistance and support to programmes promoting syringe access, drug user health, Hepatitis C services and overdose prevention to organisations across the U.S.

Harry Shapiro
Emma Roberts has worked for the Harm Reduction Coalition as a training consultant since 2009, and in 2014 became a full-time member of staff for the organisation. Her focus as director of capacity building services is to coordinate the provision of technical assistance and support to programmes promoting syringe access, drug user health, Hepatitis C services and overdose prevention to organisations across the U.S.

Originally from the UK, Emma started her career in community development work in 1990. She first became involved in Harm Reduction work in the mid 90s when the National Health Service funded a syringe exchange in Leeds, in the corner of the community centre she worked at.

Since then Emma has gone on to manage and lead various community-based programmes including Getaway Girls, a Young Women’s charity, for seven years. She landed in New York in 2008 where she has coordinated a syringe exchange programme and mobile health programme providing medical and dental services to vulnerable street-based and homeless populations in the city operating across South Bronx, Harlem and parts of Brooklyn.

When not at work Emma enjoys lots of dancing, swimming and eating.

Topic

Emma spoke about capacity building for drug user groups and the differences she sees between the UK and US.

Harry Shapiro

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