Webinar – PEP/PrEP Update – A B.C. Case Study

Monday, March 27, 2016 10am PT
In 2014, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS launched the Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) Pilot Project. Since then, hundreds of gbMSM have accessed the program in Vancouver. In 2017, the Centre announced a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program targeting individuals in high risk sexual networks. This project is one of many PrEP demonstration and clinical trials currently happening in Canada.
As research across the globe proves that PrEP is effective at reducing new HIV infections (including city-wide reductions in San Francisco and London), the debate in Canada continues to focus on one key question: “Who will pay for this intervention?” Community groups and gay men’s health advocates have been working toward quick and easy access to PEP and PrEP, but many obstacles exist.
In this webinar, we will hear from Dr. Mark Hull, clinical research scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Joshua Edward, Knowledge Translation Manager at Health Initiative for Men (HIM) and Leah Kelley, Policy Analyst at First Nations Health Authority. We will also be joined by the Founder of the Davie Buyers Club (DBC) who will take questions through the chat feature. The webinar will give an update on the situation in BC regarding access and advocacy for PEP & PrEP that should interest clinicians, policy-makers, and community members alike.
Dr. Mark Hull completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan and his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. He went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Canadian CIHR HIV Clinical Trials Network (CTN). He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of AIDS at University of British Columbia, and Research Scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. He is a co-chair of the CTN Biomedical Prevention Working Group, which is currently drafting Canadian Pre/Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Guidelines.
Joshua Edward is Program Manager, Knowledge Translation, at Health Initiative for Men (HIM). In his role at HIM, Joshua is responsible for knowledge transfer and exchange, translational science, community, research and public health partnerships, and the creation and implementation of new HIV and STBBI interventions and health promotion campaigns serving gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men (gbOMSM) throughout Metro Vancouver. Joshua has a Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) from the University of Utah, and is a doctoral candidate and fellow at the University of British Columbia.
Leah Kelley, BSW, MPP, is Policy Analyst at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) where she works with the Strategic Policy team on the Primary Health Care file. Prior to moving into this role, Leah was a Policy Analyst with the Health Benefits department. Leah will be explaining how Indigenous individuals in BC may access PrEp, and other health benefits, though FNHA’s health benefits program.


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Job postings: Sexual health nurse & interviewer/outreach worker, Gender and Sexual Health Initiative

Job postings: Sexual health nurse & interviewer/outreach worker, Gender and Sexual Health Initiative

Clinical research associate (sexual health nurse)

Part-time position (Thursdays and Fridays) with the SHAWNA and AESHA Projects. Works with a community-based research team in sexual health and HIV . Performs interviews, pre- and post-test counselling for sexually transmitted infections and HCV, and HIV monitoring. Provides support in education, follow-up, and outreach with marginalized individuals.

Click here for complete job posting and information on how to apply.

Interviewer/Outreach worker (Mandarin speaking)

Part-time position (Mondays and Wednesdays) with the AESHA Project. Conducts community outreach, interviews, and regular follow-up activities with women engaged in indoor sex work across Metro Vancouver. Driver’s licence and fluency in Mandarin required. Experience or familiarity with sex work an asset.

Click here for complete job posting and information on how to apply.

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Responding to the Overdose Crisis in BC: A Rapid Assessment of Frontline and Advocacy Organizations’ Capacity- and Skills-Building Needs

On April 14, 2016, Dr. Perry Kendall, the Provincial Health Officer, declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Act as a result of a dramatic increase in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths across British Columbia (BC) since the beginning of 2016. Because PAN’s member agencies and partners have been on the frontlines of responding to, reversing, and managing grief and loss related to overdoses, substantial time was spent discussing the opioid crisis and national drug policy at the PAN Fall Conference in October 2016. After the conference, PAN staff put together a Drug Policy Report summarizing these conversations.

Building on momentum from the conference and a strong desire to support the work already happening in community-based organizations (CBOs) across the province, PAN and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) started a conversation about how PAN can best support progress on this issue. The discussion put into motion a rapid assessment to determine key capacity- and skills-building activities that would support frontline organizations responding to BC’s overdose crisis.

Key stakeholders from across the province, including people with lived experience, CBO staff, outreach nurses, and Regional Harm Reduction Coordinators, were invited to participate in the rapid assessment. Most invitees were eager to make time to schedule these 20- to 30-minute phone calls despite their stretched resources, commenting that they had prioritized this invitation as an opportunity to report on what they were experiencing in their organizations and to voice the needs of their staff, members and clients. This high level of stakeholder engagement in the rapid assessment speaks to a province-wide need for capacity- and skills-building activities, as well as other forms of sustained support, in response to this crisis.


The 24 respondents who participated in the rapid assessment were asked five key questions:

  1. What are the biggest issues your organization is facing in relation to the overdose crisis in BC?
  1. What kinds of capacity-building and skills-building activities would best support your work?
  1. What would be your preference for the delivery of these capacity- and skills-building activities? (e.g. webinar, face-to-face, telephone, written materials, or other)
  1. Are there any capacity- or skills-building activities related to the overdose crisis already happening in your region or community?
  1. Do you feel that there is a need for grief, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, loss, or trauma/crisis work in your organization or community and how can PAN best provide support?


The responses provided by the key stakeholders were analyzed and summarized in a report that will guide PAN’s next steps. If you are interested in reading the results of the rapid assessment, please click here to download the report.

Questions? Feedback? Get in touch!
Heather Holroyd, Community Based Research and Evaluation Projects Contractor
[email protected]




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MHI – PRICK! testing event in Kelowna Thursday March 16th

PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI and HIV testing event for all ‘guys who like guys.’ 

Options for Sexual Health Clinic
#102 – 285 Aurora Crescent
@ Hollywood
Just NORTH of HWY #33 & Hollywood

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT 1-800-739-7367 or…drop in and get PRICKED!

Brought to you by: Men’s Health Initiative, Options for Sexual Health and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Fruitcake, Okanagan College Student Union, Okanagan Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.

For more information visit  http://menshealthinbc.com/sexual-health/prick/

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CHIUS & Positive Living BC Event – You Are Not Alone: HIV & Mental Health

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CTAC Free March Webinar Series

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