Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for, please contact and we would be happy to assist you!

Conference Date and Location

The 2022 National Harm Reduction Conference will be held at Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico from October 13-16.

For more information, please visit our Venue page.

Hybrid Option

As of April 2022, we will not be offering a virtual option for the conference. We understand the importance of providing accessible and inclusive spaces and if we are able to provide a virtual option, we will share that announcement at a later date.

Cost, Hotel, and Refunds

Information regarding the cost, location, group rates, and refunds, can be found on the Registration page. 

Why Puerto Rico?

NHRC  planned the 2020 conference to be held in San Juan in collaboration with the local organizing committee as a response to our harm reduction community’s desire to show commitment to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. So much has changed in that time. We worked with the hotel to postpone the event, but we could not cancel or relocate the conference again. We understand that members of the community may have concerns about traveling safely and we hope to address some of those concerns over time. More information can be found on Travel FAQs.

Working with Local Organizers in Puerto Rico

Our conference planning team at NHRC has been collaborating with a local working group in Puerto Rico.  Members of the local organizing committee include the following local harm reduction organizations: Intercambios PR, Migrant Health, Iniciativa Comunitaria, El Punto en La Montaña, Oasis de Esperanza and Hermanes de la Calle. We are also working with local artists, Colectivo Moriviví,  for all conference materials and remain committed to including local organizers in our planning. Colectivo Moriviví is an all-women artistic collective that has been producing public art and artivism since 2013.

Community Events & Involvement

We are currently cultivating a list of activities, including but not limited to tours, opportunities for community involvement, events, and restaurants, to recommend for our attendees. We are aiming to have a completed list before the conference. Stay tuned!

Travel and COVID-19 Safety

As of May 20, 2022, masks are no longer required to travel by air. However, Caribe Hilton requires conference attendees to wear masks during their stay.

We follow the local guidelines in Puerto Rico and we advise attendees to check local guidelines to stay up to date frequently.

What is NHRC doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the conference and also to people in the community?

All attendees will be required to use hand sanitizer,  wear an approved face mask, and practice social distancing when in enclosed spaces. Vaccination is not required to attend the conference. However, local venues and businesses do require vaccination and you must present your vaccination card for entry.

Abstract Submission

As of April 15, 2022, abstract submissions are closed. Applicants will be notified about their application by July.

For further information about abstract guidelines and the submission process, please visit our Abstracts page.

For abstract questions, please contact . 


National Harm Reduction Coalition awards a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships cover either (a) partial registration, (b) partial hotel, or (c) partial combination of conference registration and hotel.  We do not cover airfare, ground transportation, or meals.

As of April 15, 2022, we are no longer accepting scholarship applications.  Applicants will be notified about their application by July.

For more information about scholarships and other funding opportunities, please visit our Scholarships page.

For scholarship questions, please contact Kyle Cooke at

Film Festival

If you are interested in being a part of our film festival:

  1. Complete the abstract submission form to submit information and description of your film.
  2. Once you open the form,  select the category and then there is an option for the Film Festival.  Select Film Festival.
  3. Once you’ve selected that option, you can add a description of your film and we will contact you later if you have been accepted.
  4. You will then sign your acknowledgment guidelines and upload your film.

For film festival questions, please contact .

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits will be offered at some of the sessions that are being hosted at the conference. Unfortunately, we have not finalized our list of sessions and can not provide you with a definite answer. However, once we finalize our sessions, we will be sure to update this answer.


Limited stipends for childcare are available, and you must register your child/children when you register for the conference. There will be no on-site registration. You must complete the registration and associated forms if you wish to be considered for a childcare stipend.

For childcare questions, please contact Debbie Cooke at .


If you are interested in contributing to our conference, by donating equipment, services, or financially, please contact or .


If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please review the categories and complete a sponsorship application or contact or .


As an exhibitor, you will be strategically located to network with key people from many target communities and disciplines. You will have an opportunity to meet and present information about your products to physicians, policymakers, staff from harm reduction programs, community organizers and so much more!

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please submit your application using the submission portal.

For more information about exhibitor fees, schedules, and guidelines, please visit our Exhibitors page.

For exhibit questions, please contact Kristyn Short at .

Courtesy Dosing

NHRC will be offering FREE courtesy dosing. Look here for more information on signing up to receive courtesy dosing. Check here frequently for changes.


National Harm Reduction Coalition is currently working on ensuring our conference is accessible.


There will be ADA-compliant gendered and nongendered restrooms available.


Attendees are encouraged to disclose any dietary restrictions during the registration process. This will allow us to plan accordingly and accommodate any needs.


Attendees are encouraged to disclose if translation services are needed during their time at the conference. This includes ASL.

Rooms and Transportation

We are currently offering, ramps, elevators, and sensory/calm rooms.

Please email or if you have questions or feedback about accessibility.

For press questions, please contact at or

For all other questions, please contact .