Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

This spring saw the publication of the updated BC Crown Counsel Prosecution Guidelines including the Sex 2 policy, which indicates how people living with HIV may be charged in cases of non-disclosure of HIV. On May 31st, we posted a blog by PAN’s Executive Director, J. Evin Jones, BC’s New Prosecutorial Guidelines on HIV Non-Disclosure Murky… Read more »

PAN has recently released a new report, Evaluation Survey Report: PHAC’s HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) Processes and Impacts – reported by community-based organizations in BC. The following is from the Executive Summary, which outlines the history of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funding and the evaluation of the the new funding process. (Read… Read more »

Becoming a Country that Eliminates Hepatitis C

Many PAN members know Laurie Edmiston of CATIE, or have worked with one of the great staff members there. CATIE is a national organization for HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) information and education. Laurie recently wrote a piece that appeared in the Vancouver Sun:  Nine countries will eliminate hep C by 2030. Why not Canada?   Excerpt:… Read more »

In April, the Pacific Hepatitis C Network (PHCN) released “Hep C Resources in BC: what we have – what’s missing – and next steps”. The report outlines the results of their needs assessment, which focused on information and advocacy needs surrounding hepatitis C in the province of BC. This needs assessment was completed as work… Read more »

Dear Current ISHI Sponsors, We are very appreciative to those who have taken part in the ISHI petition. It would be very much appreciated if you could use your communication platform(s) to help us reach our target of 1000 signatures. There is a digital petition available, and a hard copy. This is the link to the… Read more »

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is a coalition of individuals and civil society organizations that envisions a safe, healthy and just Canada in which drug policy and legislation as well as related institutional practices are based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health. Our mission is to facilitate improvement in Canadian and international… Read more »

Thursday July 12th, 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern) In advance of World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, the Public Health Agency of Canada is offering an encore presentation on the barriers and facilitators of screening and testing for HCV. In this webinar, officials from the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control will… Read more »

2018 World Hepatitis Day in British Columbia

July 28th is World World Hepatitis Day, a day to raise awareness, educate and advocate. This year we are featuring events and resources to support the movement for better health literacy.   Events Scroll down for information about what’s going on in your BC community. If you’re looking for information across the country, check the CATIE… Read more »

This comes from the Public Health Agency of Canada Special Issue of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: The Opioid Crisis in Canada – Enhancing Knowledge to Support Action, Part I Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, Vol 38, No 6, June 2018 Guest Editor: Fiona Kouyoumdjian Issue includes: Commentary – Building the evidence… Read more »

HIV Testing Day June 27

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has developed resources to mark National HIV Testing Day, which the US promotes as well. June 27 is the official day to encourage your communities to roll up their sleeves and learn their status. Several PAN member groups are promoting National HIV Testing Day in their communities. If you would like… Read more »

In April we shared information about a petition submitted to the House of Commons asking for community support. We received this info on its progress from one of the organizers.   The petition campaign is just past the halfway mark and the online petition now has over 1900 signatures  The majority response is from BC, then Ontario,… Read more »