Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

CTAC Needs Your Help!

Dear CTAC Friends, Partners and Stakeholders, In a press release dated February 6, the Canadian Treatment Action Council  (CTAC) announced it has published a white paper entitled, “The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada,” which summarizes the increasing gaps in Canada’s response to the hepatitis C epidemic and identifies seven calls-to-action. CTAC… Read more »

  Researchers from  Dalhousie University and Nine Circles are working on a CIHR-funded study,  Moving Beyond Piloting POCT: A Social Ecological Exploration of Barriers and Facilitators to Scaling up HIV Point-Of-Care Testing (HIV POCT) in Canada. Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan (Dalhouise) and her team devised this study to determine the number of HIV Point-Of-Care (POCT) pilots that were created… Read more »

Thursday March 1st, 2018.  10 AM PT In this webinar, Tujuanna Austin, Shalane Ha, and Karen Timmerman will be discussing a scoping review on the barriers and facilitators to the screening and testing of HCV, as reported by patients and healthcare providers. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infection that is characterized by an inflammation of… Read more »

The Value of an Integrated Approach to Frontline Care

  This is the second in a series of monthly blog posts representing perspectives on potential governance changes at PAN. These posts represent voices across the network – staff, Board members, people living with HIV, and community members – sharing their thoughts on these changes. This month we hear from Kira Haug. Kira is the… Read more »

During this webinar, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) will share key findings from their work and elucidate the individual and organizational factors that contribute to stigma, and the strategies that can be used to reduce stigma and ultimately improve health outcomes for those affected by or living with sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)…. Read more »

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is calling out to researchers and advocates to acknowledge the essential role that people living with HIV play in research work. In the post, Inclusion and Respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners, the relationship of researchers and PLHIV is… Read more »

  Thursday February 15, 10 AM PT Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to be an important public health issue, both in Canada and worldwide. This webinar will present the three STIs (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) featured in the Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) issue released on February 1st, and highlight the trends and findings of… Read more »

  Positive Living BC Lunch & Learn The BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project Presented by Antonio Marante, Stigma Index Project, Knowledge Translator Pacific AIDS Network Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Location: Positive Living BC – 2nd floor Multi-purpose Meeting Room 1101 Seymour Street, Vancouver Seating is LIMITED…. Read more »

In follow-up to the December announcement of the establishment of a Provincial Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC), an update and funding announcement was provided today (February 1st, 2018) by Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA). Minister Darcy made the announcement made the announcement in Abbotsford, at The King Haven Treatment Centre. Also, consistent… Read more »

Substance Use News January 2018

Overdoses and overdose-related deaths are often reported as numbers to the public, but those who work with people who use drugs never lose sight of the individuals behind them. Everyone has a story and everyone matters. Overdoses begin long before a substance is taken into the body, and this is something that those reading about… Read more »

PAN Adds Its Voice to Concerns Over NAFTA Renegotiations

  On January 24, more than 100 North American (and global) organizations – including PAN members – joined together in signing an open letter to the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Ministers involved in the NAFTA talks.  We are urging that these negotiations do not undermine access to affordable medicine across the continent. The letter came about after… Read more »

BCCDC Peer Payment Standards

For Charlene Burmeister, a peer leader with Quesnel, B.C.’s Opening Doors to Harm Reduction project, people with lived experience, or peers, are capable of providing expertise and knowledge, but that expertise necessitates appropriate payment. “Knowledge has value and valuable insight deserves recognition and compensation,” said Burmeister. The BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) new Peer… Read more »