STOP HIV/AIDS, or “Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS” is a Pilot Project designed to expand access to HIV/AIDS medications among hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and Prince George, British Columbia.
The initial four-year pilot phase will be supported through a $48-million funding commitment by the Government of British Columbia to Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Providence Health Care, and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
To learn more about the STOP HIV/AIDS Project please visit their website.
Jan. 10, 2013 – BC’s strategic framework for the provincial STOP HIV/AIDS program, From Hope to Health: Towards an AIDS-free Generation, is now available on the Ministry of Health website, CLICK HERE.
PAN member organizations, both within and outside of the pilot project areas, want to contribute to the success of the STOP initiative and the goal of promoting access to treatment. Since the HIV/AIDS epidemic first began, in response to emerging and urgent needs, PAN member organizations have provided services and programs that have been flexible, timely, innovative and creative, often with minimal financial resources. PAN members have also brought the lived experiences of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) and those most at risk “to the table”, calling attention to the prevention, care, treatment and support needs of some of the most marginalized people in our society. There is much we can bring to the table but successful collaboration requires meaningful engagement.
PAN’s Ongoing Work with regard to STOP HIV/AIDS
At PAN’s Fall 2010 conference, delegates to both the PHA Forum, as well as the Executive Director Summit, identified the STOP inititiative as the first priority for the network to be involved with. Delegates charged the PAN Board and staff to work to communicate the current concerns that presently exist regarding STOP to the various stakeholders (the health authorities, the BCCfE, Providence Health and the Ministry of Health Services). There was also a recognition that many of some of these concerns stemmed from a lack of information about the initiative. Optimistically, there was also a desire for PAN to work to create opportunities for authentic feedback and engagement from community organizations to these stakeholders in order to advance the laudable goals of STOP HIV/AIDS.
PAN Board and staff work to find opportunities:
- to respectfully communicate concerns of our member organizations and allies with regards to the STOP initiative to key stakeholders and decision-makers,
- to foster collaboration with public health within the ambit of the STOP pilot projects and beyond,
- to underscore the ongoing commitment, successes and challenges of the community-based response in advancing the health and wellness of PHAs and those most at risk.
Some opportunities realized to date include:
Since June 2010 PAN’s Executive Director Jennifer Evin Jones has sat on the Provincial Health Services Authority’s STOP HIV/AIDS Planning Committee, and her community colleagues on that committee also include Winston Thompson and Sandy Lambert from Renewing Our Response.
Former PAN Program Coordinator Heidi Standeven joined the STOP HIV/AIDS Testing Strategies Subcommittee in October 2010.
PAN’s Executive Director Jennifer Evin Jones, along with Darren Lauscher, Co-Chair of the PAN Board of Directors, joined the STOP HIV/AIDS Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) in November 2010. The CEWG reports to the STOP-HIV Leadership Committee. The CEWG will advocate for community ideas and concerns to be included in the planning and decision-making processes, so that services take into account the diverse values and needs of the communities we serve.
Darren Lauscher is also an active participant and contributor to the STOP HIV/AIDS Structured Learning Collaborative. The intention of the collaborative is to engage physician teams from across the health authorities in improved health care delivery for people living with HIV/AIDS in three key areas: retention in HIV care; strengthening care partnerships (including with community based organizations; and improved HIV care.
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