Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Consultations on medical assistance in dying (MAID)

Consultations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) eligibility criteria and request process The Government of Canada has launched an online public consultation aimed at obtaining Canadians’ views on amending the federal medical assistance in dying legislation. Canadians and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views online until Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM… Read more »

Neurological Injury Following Overdose

From the BC Overdose Emergency Response Centre:   In response to the concerns raised by our stakeholders about the unmeasured burden of neurological injury related to overdose and the impacts on individuals, families and communities, a review and preliminary descriptive assessment was conducted by the BC Provincial Overdose Cohort team. While measuring neurological injury in administrative… Read more »

Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Getting on Hepatitis C Treatment

Date recorded: Wednesday February 12, 2020 Hep C treatment is now short term, highly effective, and has minimal side effects for most people. What do you need to know for yourself or the people you support about getting treatment?  Pacific Hepatitis C Network team members Deb Schmitz and Daryl Luster  explain the road to treatment… Read more »

BCCDC Grand Rounds on BC’s Public Health Emergency

from the BCDC: Please join us our first grand rounds in 2020 on Tuesday, January 7 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in BCCDC Lane Level Lecture Hall where Dr Amanda Slaunwhite and Ms Louise Mellieur present Towards a comprehensive understanding of the overdose crisis and its relationship to social and health inequities. Please see… Read more »

Substance Use News December 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 »

What a Year It Was!

Casting the traditional fiscal year aside, the calendar shows 2019 was an amazing year with you all. Thank you to everyone who walked through the months, events, and issues with us. PAN and our members continued to do critical social justice work in every corner of the province throughout 2019.  Some social change and equity… Read more »

Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has released her latest report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2019, Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System. This report explores the current state of health of Canadians and focuses on understanding the impact of stigma on our health, as well as how we… Read more »

On the eve of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) published a new report based on nine years of research evaluating the impact of Canada’s end-demand sex work laws on sex workers’ safety, health and human rights. December 2019 marks five years since… Read more »

Webinar: Harm Reduction and Healing in Indigenous Communities

Watch on demand Date recorded: Wednesday February 5, 2020 This dialogue-based webinar featured Andrea Medley in conversation with Janet Madsen of PAN. Andrea is one of the Indigenous Wellness Educators with the First Nations Health Authority’s Indigenous Wellness team. When Andrea and her teammates are invited into BC First Nations communities, they’ve found that harm reduction… Read more »

We are inviting those living in the Northern Health region to help shape your region’s upcoming PAN presents… webinar in late January, which will feature staff from NH. Towards this end, we invite you to complete a 30-second poll here. Historically as part of an annual Fall Conference, Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) has organized a… Read more »

Journal of Indigenous HIV Research

The Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre) has released the Journal of Indigenous HIV Research, Volume 10. This volume includes: A Culturally Specific Approach: Developing A Métis Methodology for HIV Research Graphic Facilitation as a Tool to Guide Community-Based Research on Indigenous Boys’ and ​Men’s Sexual Health The WoW Gathering: A Land-Based Positive Action… Read more »