Rethinking ASOs? Policy Mapping Resource Page

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 conducted a policy mapping around HIV/AIDS-related policy in Canada, in British Columbia, and in the Atlantic provinces, in order to provide a historical context to this evolution. On this page you will find:

  • A 20-minute video presentation of the findings from the policy mapping (please view prior to the event),
  • A link to a PDF of the presentation slides for your reference, 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 Coast Salish peoples.


Slides video 2 image

Click the image to the left to download the slides from Video 2: Mapping the Policy Landscape: Changes to HIV/AIDS Policy Nationally, in BC, and the Atlantic Provinces.


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4 Responses to Rethinking ASOs? Policy Mapping Resource Page

  1. Sarah Peddle says:

    Just a quick note/update – when we were gathering resources for this, PHAC hadn’t yet announced the three-pronged, mixed delivery method approach for the Community Action Fund. You can disregard the numbers presented in this presentation indicating that PHAC is aiming to fund 1-3 national organizations and 6-15 organizations at the regional level. They are not imposing such limits at this time on the number of contract agreements but rather the focus is on the exploration of funding models/options :
    »Multi-year grants
    »Community alliance model
    »Traditional delivery method

  2. Julie Dingwell says:

    Awesome work! Thank you so much!

  3. Great policy mapping overview!

    In BC, one “key moment missing” was the shift/decision in 2001/2002 to regionalize the funding for HIV/AIDS services – prior to that HIV/AIDS funding including funding for community-based organizations had been managed by the Ministry of Health. The lines of accountability for how HIV related funding was spent, reported, evaluated, etc. went from the Minister of Health to the heads of the various health authorities.

    Regarding Sarah Peddle’s comment, thanks for pointing out that PHAC has shifted their planning regarding the new Community Action Fund. However, I do believe their end goal is still the same, namely, to substantially reduce the number of contribution agreements come April 1, 2017.

    Just as a side note, I would be interested to hear from colleagues here in BC and in the Maritimes, if anyone involved with this deliberative dialogue was engaged with or consulted by PHAC in the 2013 “updating” of the federal Leading Together policy document.

  4. Debby Warren says:

    HIV Testing for pregnant women was added as part of the routine testing about 2006 or 2007

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