Category: Community News

Overdose Washroom Safety Assessment Tool

The City of Vancouver (COV) Washroom Safety Assessment Tool was developed in collaboration with the COV and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) after the Mayor’s Overdose Emergency Task Force received community input (Dec. 2019) that washrooms were an area of concern for fatal overdose. The tool development and safer washroom assessment had 4 stages: 1) Advisory… Read more »

Announcing the HIV Housing Toolkit!

PAN is delighted to announce the launch of its HIV Housing Toolkit! Explore the HIV Housing Toolkit by visiting This Toolkit was developed as part of knowledge translation for the community-based research study Positive Living, Positive Homes. Many people who participated in this study expressed a need for this kind of tool as it… Read more »

Collective Impact Network: Vancouver Friends for Life Society

The Collective Impact Network (CIN) is a Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) sponsored initiative, being co-led by PAN acting as the backbone. It consists of the nine PHSA-contracted agencies that are supporting the community-based response to HIV and hepatitis C, alongside the PHSA, and including the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and BC Women’s… Read more »

Casual ICM Harm Reduction Support Worker – Victoria Job Summary: The ICM Harm Reduction Support Worker will work on a multidisciplinary team to provide a broad range of psychosocial and health-related supports to individuals in accordance with the Team’s goals and objectives. Key Duties and Responsibilities: Actively engages with people who use substances and individuals… Read more »

Casual Harm Reduction Support Worker – Courtenay and Campbell River   Job Summary: The Casual Harm Reduction Support Worker provides a broad range of low barrier, harm reduction supports to individuals accessing harm reduction programming and services at AIDS Vancouver Island. The Casual Harm Reduction Support Worker will provide evidence-based educational and harm reduction interventions… Read more »

Practical Drug Decriminalization in British Columbia

Earlier this week, Pivot Legal Society released a letter and position paper to friends and supporters regarding drug decriminalization in BC. Excerpt, letter to supporters:  Saturday, August 31, marked International Overdose Awareness Day: a day of mourning on which we recognize the grief and loss felt by communities impacted by overdose and the War on… Read more »

Webinar: Working With Peer Research Associates

Updated December 17, 2019: In this KnowledgeConnect webinar, Peer Research Associates (PRAs) from the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index reflected on their experiences working on the project, and shared their thoughts on best practices to teams which include or are thinking of including PRAs in their work. These experiences will illuminate and expand… Read more »

On April 17, 2019, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) released a funding opportunity dedicated to exploring innovative solutions with demonstrable impact to HIV and hepatitis C in British Columbia. PHSA was particularly interested in supporting projects that aligned with the Collective Impact Network’s priorities, including: Increase involvement of People with Lived Experience (PWLE) Increase geographic equity… Read more »

A new commentary by Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, James R. Watson and James Tavares published in September in Harm Reduction Journal provides learnings and recommendations for teams working with and supporting peer researchers (PRs). This commentary discusses “implicit tasks” that PRs must undertake, in addition to the work that is laid out for them on paper: “disclosing… Read more »

Now recruiting… PAN Board of Directors!

Do you want to participate on a provincial level regarding HIV, hepatitis C and related issues? Are you looking for a big picture experience as opposed to hands-on opportunity? Do you want to support the frontline agencies in our network?    If the answer is yes, then consider applying to join the Pacific AIDS Network… Read more »

Via the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network    We’re facing a crisis. And our response will determine life or death for some of our friends, family, colleagues and community members. The overdose crisis, fueled by a contaminated drug supply, is killing at an alarming rate.  In the past four years, more than 11,500 people have died. And… Read more »

Substance Use News August 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 »