Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jennie E. Burnet
This thesis explores the public health practice of a needle exchange program from the perspective of outreach workers in a Southern U.S. city. I explore how outreach workers understand the harm reduction ideology that underlies needle exchange practices as well as intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for participating in the work. I also consider how the needle exchange impacts outreach workers’ lives and its social importance as a therapeutic community. I argue that the needle exchange represents an important social space that functions as a therapeutic community for outreach workers where the harm reduction ideology is applied to both clients and outreach workers alike.
D'Alessandro, Elise, "Needle Exchange: Social Value for Outreach Workers." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.