Irene Njoroge RN, CARN, MPH(C) is the Advanced Practice Nurse for the rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) clinic at Women’s College Hospital, and the Nurse Educator for META:PHI. In her current role, she provides clinical care to patients in the RAAM clinic, education to nurses and other health professionals in hospitals and community agencies, and clinical guidance and support in the development of new RAAM clinics in Toronto and across Ontario. Irene was the Addiction Nurse Clinician at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto for five years, where she was responsible for clinical assessments and treatment planning for patients with substance use disorders in the rapid access clinic, at the Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP), and in the emergency department and in-patient wards. She was also responsible for education of nurses and other health professionals on evidence-based treatment and management of patients with substance use disorders, such as establishing therapeutic rapport and the use of evidence-based assessment tools and protocols to manage withdrawal and other substance-related issues. Irene has been involved in several addiction-related presentations and research and practice initiatives. Her interests include working with marginalized populations to strengthen internal resilience; working with youth, educators, and families to identify risk factors, re-enforce strengths, develop healthy coping skills, and promote healthy relationships; education and capacity-building in addiction treatment and support within the health professional community; and policy advocacy and public awareness to reduce stigma around mental illness and addiction.