The CHOW Project’s goals are to:
- promote the overall health and well-being of people and communities affected by drug use,
- foster collaborative prevention strategies and reduce the risks of hepatitis B/C, HIV and overdose,
- empower individuals and communities to make positive incremental change in health and well-being
- eliminate the stigma of drug use through community education and outreach, and
- advocate on behalf of people and families whose quality of life has been disrupted by the broader impacts of drug use.
The CHOW Project provides a range of outreach and prevention services for high-risk drug users which include:
- A statewide one-for-one Syringe Exchange Program.
- Linkage to drug treatment centers and other social and medical services
- Community outreach
- HIV and hepatitis C counseling, testing and referral
- Health education and information.
- Peer education program.
- Trainings and capacity building on working effectively with people who use drugs