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Build a bridge to recovery

Through street-based and community-based outreach efforts, we engage people who are actively using drugs to catalyze their journey to recovery and promote healthy living.

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END OVERDOSE DEATHS

Through our Opioid Overdose Prevention Program we have increased access to overdose rescue kits in the community, as an effort to end opioid-related overdose deaths.

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REDUCE HIV AND HEPATITIS C AMONG PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS

We equip individuals with the information and tools to protect themselves from life-threatening infections such as HIV and hepatitis C. 

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EXPAND HARM REDUCTION

Through a harm reduction lens, we have built a movement in Rockland that values the human rights of people who use drugs and fights the stigmatization of drug use.


OUR FOUNDER

India Perez-Urbano, Executive Director

india@RocklandConnects.org

India Perez-Urbano is a proud "harm reductionist" and activist. She has spent the last 5 years leading advocacy efforts on behalf of people across the globe living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and addiction.

Perez-Urbano graduated from Nyack High School in 2012, where she went on to study Sociology and Global Health & Health Policy at Harvard University (Class of 2016). As an undergraduate, she traveled to India, Brazil and South Africa to study healthcare as a human right. 

Perez-Urbano has extensive experience working with syringe exchange programs and co-authored the Harm Reduction chapter for the Principles of Addiction Medicine, 6th Edition (a textbook for healthcare providers published by the American Society for Addiction Medicine). In 2015, she founded Rockland Connects with the pursuit of addressing the alarming rise of HIV and opioid use in her hometown of Rockland County.