We are ecstatic to have Haley Coles join us today. Haley is the Executive Director of Sonoran Prevention Works (SPW). Haley discusses the resources and assistance SPW can provide to providers and patients, research done in Arizona regarding healthcare experiences from people who use drugs, and strategies to help curb fatalities from the opioid epidemic that aren't currently being discussed.
The factsheet for this episode can be found at https://azpoison.com/content/chat-about-mat-fact-sheets
Haley’s biographical sketch
Haley Coles is a born-and-raised Arizona committed to improving health outcomes for people who use drugs in the state. She received her B.A. in English and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University, and completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Arizona. During a brief stint in Washington, she set up a health insurance enrollment program when the ACA went into effect for participants of the Tacoma Needle Exchange, in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
As the founder of Sonoran Prevention Works, she uses her lived experience coupled with a systems-change and data driven perspective to introduce new programming and enhance existing programs throughout Arizona. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Program, and consulted for the Centers for Disease Control on their Syringe Services Programs Standards Project. She has sat on various state committees and boards, including the Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force in 2016, the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Injury Prevention Advisory Board between 2016-2018, the Arizona Public Health Association Advocacy Committee, and is currently the co-chair of the board of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a statewide HIV/AIDS foundation.
Haley has also co-authored several papers and continues working with research partners to implement community-based participatory research. Some highlights include “I don't even want to go to the doctor when I get sick now: Healthcare experiences and discrimination reported by People who Use Drugs, Arizona 2019,” published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in 2021; “Insufficient Access: Naloxone Availability to Laypersons in Arizona and Indiana, 2018” published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in 2021; and “I Could Take the Judgement if you Could Just Provide the Service: Non-Prescription Syringe Purchase Experience in Arizona Pharmacies,” published in the Harm Reduction Journal.
In her role as Executive Director of Sonoran Prevention Works, she continues developing harm reduction curriculum for a wide variety of audiences, advising policy- and decision-makers on policy and practice change, and provides formal and informal mentorship to providers throughout the state.