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Dan Bigg, Chicago Recovery Alliance

Dan is the Director of the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA -anypositivechange.org), a group that conducts drug-related harm reduction outreach.  Dan and other similarly concerned individuals formed the CRA in 1991 to practice "Any Positive Change" on the problems of drug use and HIV disease. Dan has helped CRA develop programming to prevent opiate-related overdose deaths with naloxone prescription; avoid hepatitis with safer injection and hepatitis A/B vaccination, and pilot test mobile opiate substitution therapies. Dan helped start the Harm Reduction Coalition and was a Project Developer for the International Harm Reduction Institute of the Open Society.


“So life and death is not something to be trifled with and here’s a product that can miraculously intervene when you have the feeling of loss all over. And that is both literally true, metabolically true, but it’s also true in making connections with people with use or dependency issues -- people who are lost in some way…. [This] is a lifeline. Literally. It’s an alliance for life, it’s a mechanism to sustain life. It’s a mechanism to sustain conversation so that if you’re my friend, and I’m using, and I can get around the shame enough to talk to you about what I’m doing, you can save my life if you care to.” - Dan Bigg


Education:

B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington - 1981.

Doctoral Studies in Clinical Psychology - Not active as of August 2010.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology  Chicago, IL


Certification:

Certified Reciprocal AODA Counselor (CRADC) earned June 1986 from the Illinois Certification Boards.  Re-certified by Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA) June 2008.  Certificate #10122.


Presently:

Director - 8/93 - Present

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Oversee Harm Reduction Outreach with syringe exchange program at twenty weekly sites throughout Chicagoland.  Develop programs, coordinate research, grant applications, supervise staff and coordinate Harm Reduction in-service education series and other Harm Reduction trainings.


Private Consultant - May 1987 - Present

International harm reduction programming and training topics including safer injection, overdose prevention and intervention including naloxone practices and advocacy, vaccination practices with people injecting, and other assistance with any positive change as a person or program defines it for her/his self/themselves.

 

Relevant Experiences:

2/04 – 12/08

National Hepatitis Advisory Panel – Viral Hepatitis Education and Training

New York State Department of Health

1998 – 2004 - Board of Directors - Harm Reduction Coalition

Technical Advisor - International Harm Reduction Development Institute, Open Society Foundations - 1996-2004

H.I.V. Consultation and Training Service - 1988-1993

Self-employed including consultation, curriculum development, and training for:

American Red Cross - Mid-America Chapter, Chicago

Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS   Atlanta, Georgia

The Center for HIV/Substance Abuse Training Arlington, VA

            National Training Team

Office of Substance Abuse Prevention - National Training Team

            Community Partnership Training Institutes

American Indian Training Institute - Sacramento, CA

Westover Consultants, Inc.  Washington, DC

            Adolescent AIDS National Training Team (AIDS/HRap and RARE-T)