Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Hepatitis C testing Update from BC CDC

PAN received information from the BC CDC updating us on hepatitis C testing in the light of COVID-19. The memo, titled Suspending outpatient Hepatitis C testing. In essence, hepatitis C serology and viral load testing for outpatients done at BCCDC Public Health Lab has been suspended as of March 31st, 2020. Suspending these tests in… Read more »

Webinars with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is offering two COVID-19 response webinars: COVID-19 Response for Unsheltered Homeless People Date: April 1, 2020 Time: 11 AM Pacific time In this webinar, Iain De Jong of OrgCode Inc will offer strategies, tools and advice for providing outreach and support to unsheltered homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic…. Read more »

Date: April 2, 2020 Time: 10 AM Pacific The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a global health emergency. In Canada, the HIV sector is concerned with how COVID-19 will affect people living with HIV and affected communities. We are also concerned about how to effectively sustain a response to HIV during a period of… Read more »

Webinar: COVID-19, the BC-CfE Response

From the BC CfE website: Learning Series Event Audience: General Public Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:30 PM Location: Register online:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2700549397535263243 Objectives: An update on BC-CfE’s position regarding the COVID-19 pandemic An overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical presentations and prevention Information on what the BC-CfE is doing to facilitate access to ART… Read more »

Job Posting: Community Educator, Pivot Legal Society

Pivot is seeking a full-time Community Educator to coordinate, develop and deliver legal education materials and workshops for diverse audiences. The Community Educator works in direct partnership with Pivot’s legal and campaigner team, acting as a knowledge translator, producing plain-language legal information, and undertaking outreach to directly-impacted communities.   About us Pivot works in partnership… Read more »

Substance Use News: February 2020

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, policy recommendations,… Read more »

Ending conversion therapy in Canada

New release:  Ending conversion therapy in Canada: Survivors, community leaders, researchers, and allies address the current and future states of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression change efforts. This report was developed following a November 2019 Vancouver meeting of 31 conversion therapy survivors, LGBTQ2S community leaders, researchers, and policy advocates. The report comes as… Read more »

Letter to Minister Morneau regarding pharmacare

PAN’s voice has joined over 150 national and provincial organizations co-signing a letter to Minister Morneau asking for the necessary commitments for pharmacare in this year’s federal budget. The letter reads in part: We are a diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and… Read more »

Realize Introduces “To the Beat of Our Own Drum”

Realize launches first of its kind resource to commemorate the 6th African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2020.  Realize, as the secretariat for the National Coordinating Committee on HIV and Aging, has been the leader in Canada in conducting community based research, leading discussions and holding conversations over the years about… Read more »

Substance Use News January 2020

  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 »

Positive Living BC Announces Closure

This note was sent to Executive Directors of PAN member groups earlier today.  February 3, 2020   Dear PAN member organizations, partners and allied organizations. On behalf of the board and staff of PAN, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the announcement from the board of directors of Positive Living BC, that the… Read more »