Rethinking ASOs? Landscapes Project Presentation

HIV/AIDS policy is changing – exactly how and what impact it will have on people living with HIV/AIDS, and on AIDS service organizations that are working at the grassroots is difficult to discern. One of the most important shifts underway on the policy front in recent years is the desire to integrate HIV/AIDS services and funding with those for other sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs). While it seems that this policy shift is recent, policies around HIV/AIDS have been slowly evolving nationally, provincially and locally over the past 30 years.

In order to set the stage for the Rethinking ASOs? Deliberative Dialogues in Halifax and Vancouver on November 24, 2014, we are sharing the findings from the project Exploring the Current and Future Landscape of Communicable Diseases in Atlantic Canada. This project (funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada) was conducted by the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioral Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS (AIRN).

In the video below, Susan Kirkland, from AIRN, presents the findings from this project, outlining the current and emerging needs, key  issues, linkages and gaps in services provided to persons living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and/or other sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections (STBBIs; Communicable Diseases [CDs]) in Atlantic Canada.

We hope these findings will help inform the discussions we will have in both BC and the Atlantic at the deliberative dialogue November 24th. Although this research is about the Atlantic region, in BC we think that it can also serve to help us reflect on similarities and differences in our region.

  • A 20-minute video presentation of the findings from the Landscapes project (please view prior to the event),
  • A PDF of the slides from the presentation for downloading, and
  • A comments section, where you can add thoughts, questions and ideas related to the video.


We gratefully acknowledge that the above video was recorded on the traditional, unceeded territories of the Mi’kmaq and Coast Salish peoples.



Landscapes Project - AIRN


Click the image to the left to download the slides from Video 3: Exploring the Current and Future Landscape of Communicable Diseases in Atlantic Canada.

Download the Landscapes report.


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One Response to Rethinking ASOs? Landscapes Project Presentation

  1. This vid was tremendously engaging, thank you Susan for presenting the findings from your Landscapes project/research. I thought it presented a tremendous overview of some of the challenges and opportunities, that “integration” has presented in the Maritimes around communicable diseases inc. HIV.

    I particular enjoyed hearing about issues, gaps, etc. and the data that was provided regarding people with hepatitis C as well as HIV.

    I also appreciated the decision to focus for the purposes of this presentation, on the opinions expressed by people working on the front lines as well as those who access services and supports. The quotes really spoke to the issues in an eloquent way.

    I was very struck by the point that in the Maritimes, 50% of the population live in a rural or remote setting, versus the rest of Canada where that figure is 20%. Looking at the PAN members, there is definitely a much more advanced state of “integration” of services (hep C, harm reduction, poverty and social determinants of health), at organizations that are delivering services in rural settings, in small towns, and across large geographic regions. I think rural versus urban, is a huge factor to this discussion and how services have evolved or had to evolve….

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