First Responders HIV Education and Training Series: Navigating HIV, Mental Health & Substance Use as a First Responder

2:00pm - January 18, 2024 thru 3:30pm - January 18, 2024 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East ATTC
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2024
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In collaboration with the MidAltlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) and STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins, there is an opportunity to attend a virtual First Responders series. The scenario of someone living with HIV, having a mental health crisis and coping with substance use is not an uncommon one.  As a First-Responder, the reactions and challenges we encounter with a person having this experience can be confusing and frustrating.  Join us as we offer some context and opportunities for First-responders looking to support this complex reality.


By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

-Summarize the challenges that a person living with HIV, mental health challenges and substance use disorder may be experiencing that serve as barriers to health and well-being.

-Relay the considerations that a First-responder should reflect on when engaging a person living with HIV who may be using substances to cope with the dysregulation of their mental health.

-Recite at least 4 strategies for safely and effectively supporting a person living with HIV when using narcan or behavioral interventions related to their substance use and mental health crises while on-site.


The training is designed for EMS and first responders in Pennsylvania. Interested EMS workers in other states are also welcome to attend but will only be able to receive a certificate of attendance.


picLaura Hinds, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral, and mental health settings. Laura has had the pleasure of working with high-acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years. An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners. With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.