Webinar Announcement

Co-sponsored by the JEAP Initiative and the CPO

What is Reproductive Harm Reduction?

In this session, we will discuss what harm reduction is, and what it is not. We will look at the historical context in which it developed, with particular focus on the experiences of women and people of color. Values such as beneficence, autonomy, and any positive change will be linked to practical interventions.


  • Participants will be able to describe the framework of harm reduction, including basic concepts, history and context of the movement, and practical interventions.
  • Participants will understand the need for reproductive harm reduction and its roots in reproductive justice.
  • Participants will be able to discuss practical ways to include harm reduction in their work with pregnant and parenting people who use substances.
  • The issue of pregnancy criminalization will be heavily featured, and the role of peer supports will be discussed

Event Information


Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

2:00pm - 3:30pm PST / 5:00pm – 6:30pm EST


All CPO webinars are free to access but registration is required.


There will be no recording of this webinar.

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Speaker Biography

Joelle Puccio is a registered nurse who has worked in Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care since 2004. They worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a peer run syringe services program in Seattle, WA, and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. They are a co-founder of the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction, whose mission is to improve the lives of pregnant and parenting people who use substances. They have been invited to speak at conferences convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and more.

They currently travel the country in their RV with their partner and 2 cats as a travel nurse, in order to learn about the experience of families affected by perinatal substance use and pregnancy criminalization in varying geographic areas.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Units and Continuing Medical Units are available for attending CPO webinars. Professionals in many fields, such as nurses and psychologists, may be able to apply the CMEs for their professional development requirements for licensure.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the OHSU School of Medicine and University of Oregon. The OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of X.X AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To receive your CEU/CMEs: There will be a poll at the end of the webinar where you can select if you would like to receive a certificate for CEUs/CMEs. The certificate will be emailed to the email address you used to register.

Funding Acknowledgements

Research conducted by the Center on Parenting and Opioids is supported by the National Institute On Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P50DA048756. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The JEAP Initiative is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950) as a collaboration between the Oregon Social Learning CenterSponsors Inc., and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research at the UMass Chan Medical School.

Email: parentingcenter@uoregon.edu
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