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!

Where can I find the conference agenda?

For the latest updates, please check the conference app.

The app is available for iPhone and Android through CrowdCompass. To download the app:

1. Simply click on the QR code and the app will automatically download from your app store.

2. Or on a web browser, visit and download the Crowdcompass app and search for nhrc2022

3. Be sure to login to share your contact information and communicate with others at the conference.

4. For the online version, go to:

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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

In an effort to keep all attendees safe during the conference, we ask that everyone be either fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of travel. Please supply us with this documentation by going back into your registration and uploading the documents prior to picking up registration materials at the conference – CLICK HERE.

Puerto Rico’s current requirements for events are as follows:

  • As of August 1st, both indoor and outdoor events will require attendees to provide updated proof of vaccination, inclusive of the primary series of one or two doses as well as the corresponding boosters.
  • Those who do not meet these requirements may submit a negative test taken 48 hours before the event. Positive results from the past three months, alongside recovery documentation and a letter from a certified healthcare provider, will also be accepted.
  • Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
  • Masks are not mandatory on the Island for either indoor and outdoor settings with fewer than 1,000 people. However, they are recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.
  • All establishments and venues are operating outside of capacity limitations

Even if you are fully vaccinated and/or have tested negative prior to attendance, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we ask that you not attend.

  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches

If symptoms begin after you have arrived, we will have tests available through the conference organizers and/or the medical team. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for working to keep yourself and your fellow attendee safe.

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

Please refer to our Travel FAQs for more information.

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

Film festival submissions are closed. For film festival questions, please contact .

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.

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.

Union Institute & University is honored to be partnershiping with the NHRC for Continuing Education!

24 CEU credits now available

  • Early Bird Special – $30.00 (24 CEUs)  Ends 9/30/22
  • Regular Price – $45.00 (24 CEUs) Begins 10/1/22

Learn more and Register Online

Union Institute & University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


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 .