Micheal Vonn, from the PHS Community Services Society, joins Am Johal to discuss the relation between overdose prevention initiatives with different health policies at different stages of the pandemic.This is a conversation about how policies may not take into account marginalized, at risk groups, especially in the context of crises, whether for a pandemic, or for climate change resiliency.As someone with extensive experience in law and public health, Micheal ends the discussion by talking about how the narrative framing of crises as concerns of security leads to different policy outcomes.
Micheal Vonn is CEO of PHS Community Services Society, previously known as the Portland Hotel Society.For fifteen years, Micheal was the Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, she taught civil liberties and information ethics.Through her work in HIV/AIDS, Micheal has been granted both an AccolAIDS Award and a Red Ribbon Award. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Keith Sacré Library Champion Award for support, guidance and assistance given to the BC library community. Resources: PHS Community Services Society: https://www.phs.ca/about/Pigeon Park Savings: https://www.phs.ca/our-services/pigeon-park-savings/BC Civil Liberties: https://bccla.org/AIDS Vancouver: https://www.aidsvancouver.org/
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