NVHR Steering Committee member Michael Carden passed away on April 9th.
NVHR Steering Committee member Michael Carden passed away on April 9th. Michael was a strong, passionate advocate for harm reduction and the health needs of people who inject drugs. He worked as Project Director at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, where he managed studies of acute HCV infection in young injection drug users and multidisciplinary integrated care linking syringe exchange program participants to HCV treatment. He was a leader in hepatitis C advocacy in New York, and chaired the board of directors of two of New York City's leading syringe exchange programs, New York Harm Reduction Educators and Washington Heights Corner Project. He was also active in research advocacy through the Hepatitis C Advisory Board.
Michael was smart and wise, kind and funny, and well loved. His humor and generosity made him a good friend; his compassion and insight made him a skilled harm reductionist; and his intelligence and dedication made him a valuable advocate and ally.
At its heart, the harm reduction movement is a close-knit family of dreamers, radicals, and outsiders, tempering anger with hope, fighting stigma and marginalization with love. Michael was a beloved member of our family; he touched the lives of countless people, and his loss is deeply felt.