FOCUS AREA 5
DOH Health Promotion: Violence Prevention and Needle Pick Up
Syringe pickup from our perspective is both health promotion and part of healthy, and sustainable communities. We have followed the International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC) lead and are supporting communities and providers in learning how to impact their environmental health. We are expecting that taking over one health issue will allow people to think about how to deal with other community health issues.
The Department of Health is working to support other partners and community members in taking charge of community health by teaching how to safely pick up and dispose of syringes. This includes supporting Bernalillo County in mapping. This allows residents to feel empowered in making their community safer by removing disposed syringes from their environment.