Category: Pacific AIDS Network

Substance Use News September 2017

Hope for Healing: Treatment Close to Home Residents of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, had to travel hundreds of miles from home to enter treatment programs for substance use problems, and being so far from home posed challenges for people. There are no plans to develop a permanent program in the near future, so what’s the answer?… Read more »

Position: Knowledge Translator: Positive Living, Positive Homes study (two positions available) Status: Temporary, Part-time: 2-4 hours per week, depending on the demands of the project. Compensation for training will also be provided. Time Period: 24 weeks (Oct 2017 – March 2018), with possibility of a short extension dependent on performance and project resources. Location: To… Read more »

Advocacy and Public Health Headlines

Opioid Stats Needed for Indigenous Communities Missing from information and discussion on the national opioid crisis is specific data on how the crisis is affecting people of Indigenous heritage. Earlier this summer, BC’s First Nations Health Authority produced Overdose Data and First Nations in BC: Preliminary Findings, but this is hardly the case across the… Read more »

    Position: Knowledge Translator, BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project Status: Temporary, Part-time – 2-4 hours per week Time Period: 23 weeks (October 23, 2017 – March 31, 2018) Location: To be negotiated – Most of this job can be accomplished from candidate’s home provided the candidate has a computer, access to… Read more »

How PAN’s values impact research and evaluation The GIPA/MIPA principles of inclusive and meaningful involvement are part of Pacific AIDS Network’s (PAN) core values, as described in our strategic plan and organizational values and approaches. We try our best to embed these values in all of our work, including all stages of PAN-facilitated participatory research and… Read more »

People living with HIV can feel confident that if they have a sustained undetectable viral load, they will not pass on HIV to their sexual partners.  For some it seems like a bold statement, but the science is clear. In June, the PAN Board of Directors passed a unanimous motion to join the Prevention Access… Read more »

Part 2: Impact of Overdose Care on Frontline Peers Over the past several months, several of PAN’s staff have been sitting down to consult with Candice Norris about her observations and experiences with the opioid overdose public health emergency. Candice is an Aboriginal woman from the Cree/Dene nation who has been in recovery from substance… Read more »

PAN’s research and evaluation work is based on the principles of community-based research, which place community partnerships front and center. Researchers work with community to explore issues and decide what research questions to ask for the benefit of the community. CBR is by nature: Collaborative: The communities in which the research is taking place are full… Read more »

Part 1: The Who, What and How of Drug Use that Impact Overdose Outcomes Over the past several months, several of PAN’s staff have been sitting down to consult with Candice Norris about her observations and experiences with the opioid overdose public health emergency. Candice is an Aboriginal woman from the Cree/Dene nation who has… Read more »

HIV and Aging: Research and Connections

  Concerns about HIV and aging are something that people with HIV in their 50s, 60s, and 70s may not have imagined they would ever have. Successful HIV treatment can potentially mean a long life, so aging is something many consider these days. In a recent post What is Successful Aging for People Living with… Read more »

Opioid Crisis Addiction Education 2017

  As we learned in our Rapid Assessment of community –based programs’ needs for capacity building in the face of the overdose crisis, organizational staff and volunteers doing overdose related care and support don’t necessarily have a background in substance use education. This motivated us to develop our Drug Use and Overdose Response Resource page,… Read more »