From the office of State Senator Julian Cyr...
(Boston, Mass.) — Kim Powers, a resident of Mashpee, Massachusetts and a Harm Reduction Specialist for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, was honored today by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women with their Unsung Heroine Award. Powers was nominated by State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) for her exceptional work in public health fighting the opioid epidemic and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS on Cape Cod.
“Every day, no matter the season, the neighborhood, or time of day, Kim Powers fights to protect the lives of Cape Codders who are addicted to injectable opioid drugs,” said Senator Cyr. “Kim and her colleagues are on the front lines in the opioid epidemic, dedicated to improving the health of our community and helping to keep drug users alive and free from HIV/AIDS until the time they get the treatment they need. Kim is truly an unsung heroine.”
Kim Powers Biography:
Kim Powers is fearless and fierce in her advocacy to help those who are addicted to opioids. As a harm reduction specialist for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC), Kim and her colleagues are a highly qualified staff that employ public health strategies aimed at reducing infectious disease transmission such as HIV and Hepatitis C, preventing overdoses, and facilitating entry into substance abuse treatment.
Kim is highly respected in the Barnstable community for the outreach work she has done to help people who use drugs in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. She is a member of Barnstable’s Community Impact Unit where she works closely with law enforcement and multiple local social service agencies to build trust in the homeless population to get people connected to services that can help them. Her job at ASGCC is a dream come true as she can make a daily difference in the lives of those who are the most vulnerable in our society.
Kim has been a pioneer in the field of harm reduction for people who inject drugs for over 30 years. She ran a women’s sober house for 10 years and volunteers at the annual Hyannis overdose vigil. Kim lives in Mashpee, Massachusetts and is the proud single mother of three amazing children.