Richard Elovich, Ph.D., MPH: Medical Sociologist and Public Health Policy Consultant
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When Interventions that "should" work don't work
This presentation uses the case of needle exchange for injection drug users to examine how public health interventions proven effective in one context cannot necessarily be transferred like a technology to another cultural or national setting without consideration of the sociality of drug users and space and place as social products.
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Keeping It Real:

Harm Reduction and Street Involved Youth

A low threshold approach to treating drug users that provides a public health alternative to the traditional prohibitive model of drug enforcement.

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Starting Drug Treatment 'Where People Are'
Acupuncture and Treatment Readiness
Auricular acupuncture, unlike a drug or pill, has a different reality for the drug user and the program....
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RICHARD ELOVICH, a research scientist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University, holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology and a Masters in Public Health. He is a specialist in policy and program development on HIV/AIDS and substance use with over fifteen years experience in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2003, he has led needs assessments and developed HIV programs for international donors, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations throughout the former Soviet Union and Asia, with a particular focus on most at risk populations.
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Photo Ethnography
Selected images from ongoing research in Central Asia, Indonesia, and Nepal.
Part of a larger photoethnography, which uses pictures and analysis as tool for research and training about service delivery and health care systems for drug users and others at risk for HIV.
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Articles and Research
HIV in Central Asia:

Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan

Wolfe, D., Elovich, R., Boltaev, A.,  Pulatov, D. In Press 2007. " HIV in Central Asia: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan." in Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries: Epidemiology, Prevention and Care, edited by C. Beyrer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
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Understanding Substance Users

Effectively Caring for Active Substance Users

For physicians, health care is impeded by a failure to move beyond evidence of substance use to knowledge of the substance user -- including his or her patterns of use, attendant risk, and functionality.
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Areas of Work
  • Harm Reduction
  • Drug Treatment
  • Assessment + Evaluation
  • Counseling
  • Peer-Peer Activities
  • HIV + MSM

Multimedia presentations viewable online or for download in PowerPoint format.

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Harm Reduction Theory:

Who Owns Ecstasy? - Illustration by Andrew SkwishUsers' culture, micro-social indigenous harm reduction, and the self-organization and outside-organizing of users' groups

This paper discusses the user side of harm reduction, focusing to some extent on the early responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in each of four sets of localities - New York City, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, and sites in Central Asia.
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From Collective Understanding to Action

The notion of the self-empowered individual has a rich and discursive history in HIV/AIDS circles within the US and around the world.
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