Outreach and Health Services

We provide weekly outreach services in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and surrounding communities and distribute safer injection kits, condoms, and reproductive health supplies to reduce the risk of HIV and hepatitis C in Eastern Iowa.

IHRC has recently expanded into Central Iowa and is currently providing outreach services in Des Moines and surrounding communities.

We are the state's largest free naloxone distribution program and provide opioid overdose prevention education.

To find us in the community on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday please call or text our hotline at (319) 214-0540.

To arrange a delivery in Des Moines or Central Iowa, please contact us at (515) 957-1252.

Risk Reduction Kits
We offer safer injection and risk reduction kits which include cottons, cookers, ties, sterile water, antibiotic wipes, vitamin c, band aids, and condoms. By improving access to these materials, we help people who inject heroin, meth, and other drugs to reduce their risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C.

Naloxone Kits
Naloxone is the life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose and is also commonly known as narcan. We provide free naloxone kits and training on naloxone use to individuals, families, and organizations and do not require a prescription or insurance.

Interested in receiving overdose prevention education and naloxone kits for your organization? Please contact hello@iowaharmreductioncoalition.org to schedule a training.

Syringe Clean Up
Used syringes are often found in public spaces and construction sites throughout Eastern Iowa. We provide free syringe clean up and disposal of sharps upon request via our hotline, (319) 214-0540.

HIV/HCV Rapid Testing
In partnership with local health departments, we provide free HIV and hepatitis C rapid testing. Tests can be administered anywhere, anytime. To receive a test, please visit our weekly community outreach locations or contact our hotline.

We operate a 24 hour hotline to answer questions related to safer injection, vein health, and wound care. We also schedule supply mailings, deliveries, and drop offs through this number.

To schedule or request a supply mailing or delivery in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids, please call (319) 214-0540. For access in Des Moines & Central Rapids please call (515) 957-1252. Please note that we are unable to provide comprehensive medical advice through this hotline. In case of an emergency please call 911.

Linkage to Health and Social Services
We provide referrals and micro-case management services to health care and social services, including assistance with obtaining hepatitis C treatment, housing, mental health care, and medication assisted treatment (eg. suboxone & methadone).

What our participants say

“To IHRC, it doesn’t matter where I’ve been, I can tell they really care about me for no reason at all. Meeting IHRC made me feel less lonely and alone, and think that maybe something else good could happen in my life.”

Participant in Cedar Rapids

“IHRC does a great service for people like me that nobody usually thinks about. I appreciate IHRC coming out [to the streets] and sharing your love. That’s worth more than anything.”

Participant in Cedar Rapids

“You’re not encouraging me to use drugs, you’re just recognizing that I’m going to use either way, and helping make sure I don’t get a disease or die.”

Participant in Cedar Rapids