SisterSpace is Canada’s first and only women-only overdose prevention site. This harm reduction program opened in May 2017 in response to the opioid crisis. It is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is run in partnership by Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Housing, BC Women’s Hospital, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.
I had the opportunity to be involved with an evaluation of the program’s early beginnings and to learn about what’s working and what might be improved. The program is a great example of a harm reduction program that considers how women’s needs might differ from men’s and the role of a women-only space in creating a more accessible and safe program.
Learn more about the program in the infographic below and check out Atira’s website for links to the evaluation report and media coverage.