Category: Pacific AIDS Network

Webinar: Drug Substitution Therapies and Community Health

The overdose crisis continues unabated in BC, a tragedy that continues to unfold. Meet two people at the front lines of this epidemic: Dr. Christy Sutherland and Wendy Stevens.  They’ll present information on the use of naloxone and opioid substitution therapies as well as the importance of wraparound care and community development. Presenters: Dr. Christy… 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 »

  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 »

PAN’s community based research (CBR) projects are guided by collaboration, change, and inclusion.  CBR begins with needs identified by a community and includes people in the community on the research team. Research questions are developed, answers are sought, and findings are brought to the community so they may use the information to educate and advocate for… Read more »

New Year’s (Special) Resolutions

  Happy 2018 and best wishes to all PAN member organizations, as well as to our allies, partners and stakeholders…We hope that you are entering into the new year rested and recharged! The coming year will be an exciting one for PAN, the last in our current five-year strategic plan.  The board of directors will… Read more »

In case you missed it, the BC government released a statement on December 28 saying “British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.” This move has long been advocated for by the Community Based Research… Read more »

Improving Your Evaluation Skills

  If you talk to people about evaluation, it’s not unusual to hear some frustration with the process. Evaluation can prompt responses that run from love to hate: people appreciate the information evaluations can provide, or they don’t see the benefits of them at all. As we started to envision our upcoming 3-part professional development… Read more »

Leadership Training from PLDI: Bored? Get on Board!

        PAN is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a Positive Leadership Development (PLDI)  training: Bored? Get on Board! February 23 – 25, 2018 in Richmond. This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership Training (formerly known as “Level I”). The Bored? Get on Board governance… Read more »

Substance Use News December 2017

December 11 found a grim Coroners Service Report posted on the provincial government’s Statistical Reports into BC Fatalities page. Fentanyl-Detected Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths January 1, 2012 to October 31, 2017 reports that 2017 has shown a 136% increase of fentanyl detected deaths in BC when compared to the same period in 2016 (January to… Read more »