National Harm Reduction Coalition is currently seeking abstracts for the 2022 National Harm Reduction Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 15, 2022 (11:59 pm PST)

Submit an Abstract

The National Harm Reduction Conference honors a participatory planning process. At each conference, the program is abstract-driven and addresses the most important issues and most innovative solutions in harm reduction at the time. Proposals are submitted by conference attendees, who together represent the varied aspects of harm reduction work in the US and abroad.

We encourage submissions that represent all aspects of harm reduction work from grassroots organizing and programming to policy and research.

Abstracts should address the following:

  • Political vision for harm reduction.
  • Exemplary harm reduction service models.
  • Intersection of race, class, gender, age, sexual identity.
  • Health and human rights of people who use drugs.
  • Latest research and/or innovative strategies.
  • A variety of skills building that advance the harm reduction agenda.

Available Presentation Formats:

  • Poster: Project storyboards on display for one day (NO audiovisual equipment available.) Meet and greet times are scheduled.
  • Panel: Three to five people present as a group. Panelists share time evenly. Submit individually or as a group (Some audiovisual equipment available).
  • Roundtable: Informal, facilitator-led group discussion. NO PRESENTATIONS during roundtables. (NO audiovisual equipment available. These are discussion based sessions that are facilitated conversations.)
  • Workshop: Interactive session designed to provide a skills-building experience (Some audiovisual equipment available.)
  • Innovation, Design Thinking, and Scholarship:  Small  collaborative group presentations the solve community problems by using the five stages of design thinking: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.
  • HarmRed Talks: A series of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a wide range of subjects. HarmRed talks should be less than 18 minutes long and are typically delivered by a single presenter.

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

Please read the following guidelines before completing your submission:

  • Use the same email address for both Registration and Abstract Submission, however, do not register until you have been notified of your abstract submission.
  • The online submission process does not offer an automatic save option. You must complete the entire submission process in one visit or all information will be lost. Create your abstract in a separate document and then copy and paste for the best result.
  • You should receive a confirmation email if your abstract is processed successfully. Be sure to check your spam folder. If you do not receive a confirmation your abstract submission was not successful.
  • You will be able to edit your abstract submission up until April 15, 2022 (11:59 pm PST.)
  • If selected, text from your submission will be published as is in our abstract booklet. NHRC does not edit your submission.
  • Please use standard capitalization. Avoid using all caps.
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications will be issued no later than July.
  • Submit multiple abstracts by editing your original submission.
  • Abstracts should be less than 300 words.

Registration and Payment for Speakers and Presenters

If you are submitting an abstract, please wait to register (and pay) until you are informed about the status of your submission. 

  • You are not required to register before submitting an abstract.
  • If your submission is accepted you will be given a discount code to use at the time of registration.
  • The speaker rate is $350.
  • The email you use to register must be the same email you use to submit an abstract.

Contact Us

For questions regarding abstracts, please contact .