Who We Are

The HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC) is a 501(c)(3) organization.

We provide harm reduction based services in Alameda County and Contra Costa County. We serve people who are at increased risk for HIV, hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. And of course report about all work to you.

HEPPAC provides increased access to:

  • Mobile Harm Reduction Services
  • HIV/HEP C Education & Prevention
  • Syringe Exchange / Bio Hazzard Containers
  • Abscess Wound Care – Community based medical services
  • HIV/HCV Counseling Testing Referral and Linkage Services.
  • Overdose Prevention Education Naloxone Distribution (OPEND)
  • Basic Needs Drop-in-Center (Shower, Laundry, Food, Resources)

High Quality Standards

Harm Reduction Integrated service model. Physically meeting clients where they are at. Rewarding small incremental steps to a healthier life while, using strength based approaches to behavior change. Using best practices abiding by State/Federal Guidelines during service delivery.

Community First

Specialize in uplifting communities of color by providing spaces and programing that are Non Judgement, Respectful, and help build efficacy. We want those who encounter our services to leave with more knowledge and skills.

Absolute Commitment

Our efforts are in providing Harm Reduction methodology to mobile health care in non- clinical settings. Our history of consistency for over 30 years has proven effective in keeping People Who Use Drugs, healthier and safer.

Educated & Experienced Team

Our expertise lye in the decades of field experience working with, lobbing and advocating for People Who Inject and Use Drugs in communities of color. Our team consists of diverse and experienced people from the community whom have scholastic and life expertise which helped mold the best practices that have been proven effective in reducing drug related harm.

Our Services

Syringe Access Program

Our mobile unit visits the Fruitvale District, Deep East Oakland and West Oakland three times a week.

HEPPAC Drop-In Center

We provide free HIV and Hepatitis C tests at the drop-in center and all three needle exchange locations.

Community Outreach

Condoms are the easiest way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Harm Reduction Strategies

If you or someone you know is in danger of an opiate overdose, learn what to do in an emergency.


Overdose Prevention Education & Naloxone Distribution Program (OPEND).

HIV And Hepatitis C (HCV) Screening

A safe place to come for a shower, clean clothes, HIV & Hepatitis C testing, free condoms, and counseling.

Until there's a cure. There's Prevention



Volunteer with us

Meet people, gain new skills and help you community.

However much time you have and whatever your experience, Volunteering gives you the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and help people get the support during crisis There are lots of volunteering opportunities at HEPPAC. Fill out an application today!

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HEPPACs Drop In Center helped me after I hit rock bottom.  I got to the point where I needed help with basic needs.   I used the Drop In Center to shower, do laundry, eat a delicious hot meal and get some resources.  After two weeks of HEPPAC services to get me by, I was able to get emergency housing.    “Helped me find my dignity again”

– Jacob A

OPEND program has helped me tremendously by providing the education about Narcan and how to reverse an accidental Opioid overdose.   I had to save my best from an overdose using the Nasal Naloxone.  To this day I always carry Narcan on me just in case. “One life saved and more to go”!

– Alaina T

Syringe Exchange Site in East Oakland is one of the only places I can go and not feel judged for my drug use. I can have open discussion about how I use and they give me real life methods to inject safer and prevent Overdose.   Also encouraged me to get tested for HIV/HEP C

“No place like it”

– Tyrell H

Mobile Outreach services at my encampment gave me hope and support in decreasing my drug use in the process of transitioning from living in my car to being placed in a SRO.   Bringing their supplies to my encampment and referring me to use their facility to take a shower and get something to eat helped me get back to work.   I finally got a par time job, got housing which allowed me to reconnect with my son.  “HEPPAC staff remind me of that cool responsible family member that holds your hand and holds you accountable”.

– David V

Our reputation is the proof!


Our Team


Executive Director


Community Health Promoter (CHP)


CHP/ Testing Counselor


Drop in Center monitor

Latest News


HEPPAC Mentioned in TIME article

In a TIME article titled “A Pandemic Upon an Epidemic.’ Syringe Services Struggle to Provide Care to Those Battling Drug Addiction Amid COVID-19”, Our Director Executive, Braunz E. Courtney, was quoted: Participants were complaining that they weren’t able to shower or clean up. “They were like—I just need a place to wash my hands and I…

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