Category: News

Substance Use News May 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. With the added layer of the coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened… Read more »

Webinar: The Hepatitis C Leadership Project

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020  Time: 10 AM The Hepatitis C Leadership Project is about modelling and developing the leadership skills and knowledge of lived experience of hepatitis C in BC. This webinar is an opportunity to hear from some members of the project’s advisory committee that is predominantly led by peers. Topics will include concepts… Read more »

Via the Canadian Health Coalition Over 185 organizations from across Canada released a joint statement calling on the federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement is supported by a diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients, and the business community… Read more »

With people returning to workplaces in BC’s Restart Plan, employers and workers alike may be wondering what this means going forward. Below you’ll find a few things to consider for the weeks and months ahead.*  We suggest PAN members consult the Restart Plan, the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 resources, and Work Safe BC… Read more »

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Community organizations may seek funds to undertake a wide range of activities and to serve a wide range of vulnerable groups. Community organizations may apply for funds… Read more »

Hep C in Focus

Join us for this special event! Hep C in Focus is a special virtual event featuring presentations, community networking, and resources. Registration provides access to all sessions of the day, which is scheduled to include breaks. You may join any of the sessions using the same registration link. Hep C in Focus is produced in… Read more »

Changes to PharmaNet: What PLHIV need to know…

via AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver has written a letter to Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, Antiretroviral (ARV) Prescriptions on Pharmanet—Additional Resources Required. It reads in part, We appreciate that the announcement and some related materials online explicitly reference patient privacy as a key concern for PLHIV. Still, AIDS Vancouver does not believe that such… Read more »

Leanne Zubowski is the newest member of the Pacific AIDS Network team, joining us as REACH Evaluation Coordinator and will be splitting her time between the National Evaluation Department of the REACH Centre and supporting regional REACH work here in BC. Leanne has research and evaluation experience through her Master of Public Health from the… Read more »

Intersectionality at the CAHR 2020 conference

Intersectionality is a theory that uncovers interlocking inequalities fueled by racial, gender, class, sexual and other inequities. These inequities cannot be separated from the systems that produce them (e.g. policies, societal attitudes, including stigma, political and economic systems). When applying the intersectional lens to HIV research, we can ask how these inequalities shape the likelihood… Read more »

This week, PAN signed onto this letter from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Pivot Legal Society and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition – they joined forces to call on the Minister of Health and other key ministers in the federal government to immediately decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs in response to the twin crises… Read more »

Through its day health, 24-hour care residence and enhanced supportive housing programs, the Dr. Peter Centre provides healthy meals, counselling, therapies, nursing, and a safe place for peer socialization and support. This integrated model of care successfully engages individuals in their health care, improving adherence to HIV treatment and overall health. We are currently looking… Read more »

Date: Thursday June 18, 2020 Time: 10 AM, Pacific time Crystal meth is a commonly used drug in BC, so HIV, hep C and harm reduction organizations and advocates may well work with people using meth. What do we need to know about crystal meth’s affects on health and spirit to best support people using… Read more »