Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

  The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) has issued an RFP for HIV & hepatitis C Prevention, Care and Treatment Services.   To view RFP on BC Bid: 1. Go to 2. Click Browse for Bid Opportunities or Bid Results 3. Click Browse opportunities by organization 4. Click on Provincial Health Services Authority 5. Click on RFP 2019-VCH-006 “HIV &… Read more »

Substance Use News June 2019

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. See our Drug Use and Overdose Response page for resources on overdose services, team resilience, governmental reports,… Read more »

CBRC Highlights Federal LGBT2Q Health Study

Via the Community-Based Research Centre The Rainbow Health Report: Canada’s Parliamentary Study of LGBTQIA2 Health In Canada, LGBTQIA2 people continue to face barriers to their physical, mental and sexual health. From coast to coast to coast, many LGBTQIA2 communities struggle to maintain positive health outcomes, often because of a lack of access to services due… Read more »

Exploring Health Equity at Regional Training

Last month Stacy, Kira and I travelled to our latest Regional Training, which was held on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Syilx and Sinixt First Nations in Nelson. The Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) provided the territorial acknowledgment to ground us as we began. For much of the two days the program focused… Read more »

I had the privilege of attending the 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness in April 2019, and presenting the findings of Positive Living Positive Homes (PLPH) study (click here for the PLPH presentation and click here for all Congress materials). As housing and homeless was the focus of Congress, rather than HIV, I shared… Read more »

The Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control of the Public Health Agency of Canada is developing a series of video testimonials featuring stories from people living with HIV to be promoted as part of World AIDS Day 2019 activities and for awareness and education campaigns in the future. The videos will share the perspectives… Read more »

The BC Government released this news on June 26, 2019:  People experiencing mental health and addictions challenges will soon have better access to the services they need, thanks to a new vision for care outlined in A Pathway to Hope: A roadmap for making mental health and addictions care better for people in British Columbia…. Read more »

PAN has recently written a letter of support to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, thanking her for the Special Report Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of people who use drugs in BC. The report was released three years after her predecessor Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency in response to the ever… Read more »

via the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network For those who have supported [or have an interest in] the Community Consensus Statement, the Legal Network has provided some links to some important developments and resources in their work to end HIV criminalization. The biggest development, of course, is the federal Justice Committee’s new report, which was released… Read more »

Via Becky Gormley, research coordinator at CHIWOS Send postcards to Attorney General of BC & Minster of Justice and Attorney General of Canada A recent panel presentation focused on a gendered analysis of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. As part of our mobilization efforts, presenters created two postcards; one to the Attorney General of BC,… Read more »

New PrEP resources on SmartSexResource

This comes via SmartSex Resource; some new items to help the community in its work.   Tools for clinicians We’ve created an HIV-PrEP Toolkit specifically for clinicians. This Toolkit provides information for providers to increase their understanding and knowledge of HIV PrEP. The toolkit includes: an overview of provincially-funded HIV PrEP in BC resources to… Read more »