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Joelle Puccio is a registered nurse who has worked in Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care since 2004. They worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a peer run syringe services program in Seattle, WA, and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.
They are a co-founder of the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction, whose mission is to improve the lives of pregnant and parenting people who use substances. They have been invited to speak at conferences convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and more.
They currently travel the United States in their RV with their 2 cats as a travel nurse, in order to learn about the experience of families affected by perinatal substance use and pregnancy criminalisation in varying geographic areas. They became passionate about advocating for people who use drugs after realising that everything they had been taught about drugs from childhood through nursing school was wrong.