Category: Pacific AIDS Network News

Part I of a 2 part series   The Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) had the good fortune of presenting several research and evaluation projects at the recent Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference in Montreal, QC. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, reconnect, and learn from a diverse group of researchers, people with… Read more »

Substance Use News: May

Bill C-37 Streamlines Application for Safe Injection Sites As PAN’s Executive Director Jennifer Evin Jones wrote last week, Bill C-37 on Safe Injection Sites has passed into law. This will simplify the process of opening safe injection sites; which “now requires 5 conditions be met in applying to open a SIS, rather than the 26… Read more »

The Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) wrapped up their conference this weekend in Regina. I would have loved to be there, as one of the features of the conference was a presentation by Irene Goldstone and Marilou Gagnon on how nurses have led the way on implementing harm reduction. CANAC makes a… Read more »

HIV and Aging… There Are Resources on That!

Based on feedback from our members, PAN has identified HIV and aging as a priority area of focus. Interest in accessing resources related to aging with HIV was put forth at the Fall 2016 PHA forum, where it was suggested that PAN’s website could include a resource section focused on this topic area. HIV and… Read more »

Substance Use News: April

BC’s Public Health Crisis at One Year: The Overdose Epidemic The provincial government has released a report following up on Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall’s announcement of a public health crisis on April 14, 2016. BC’s Opioid Overdose Response: One-Year Update (April 13, 2017)  summarizes efforts in seven key areas: Immediate response to an… Read more »

A New Evaluation Resource: Peer Evaluator Training Manual

  PAN is excited to introduce a new comprehensive resource on evaluation – the Peer Evaluator Training Manual! We hope this will be a good resource for PAN, REACH and other teams doing participatory evaluation work around the country. This resource will particularly be useful to those seeking to build evaluation capacity including teams that are working with people… Read more »

Staff Welcomes and Changes

The beginning of a new fiscal year often brings shifts in staffing as some projects are completed or move into different phases — while other new programs and projects begin. We are happy to announce changes to our team, welcoming some new faces while others turn their talents and energies to different challenges. We also… Read more »

Indigenizing Harm Reduction

I was happy to take part in Indigenizing Harm Reduction, a webinar presented by the UBC Learning Circle. Len Pierre, Andrea Medley, Janine Stevenson and Andrea Derban shared their experiences and thoughts on how best to connect with First Nations communities to introduce and support harm reduction principles. Len is of Coast Salish descent; Andrea… Read more »

Introduction to Realist Evaluation

What is Realist Evaluation? Realist Evaluation is a theory-based approach that asks “How or why does this work, for whom and in what circumstances?” rather than just “what works?” The goal is to develop a detailed theory on how a program works and unpack the processes that are normally non-observable. When to Use Realist Evaluation… Read more »

At the PAN Fall Conference, we learned from Dr. Lianping (Mint) Ti about short-course direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs for hepatitis C (HCV). These well-tolerated drugs have demonstrated cure rates of 95% and have been available in British Columbia (BC) since 2014, but their dispensation has been limited to individuals with advanced liver disease due to… Read more »

On April 14, 2016, Dr. Perry Kendall, the Provincial Health Officer, declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Act as a result of a dramatic increase in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths across British Columbia (BC) since the beginning of 2016. Because PAN’s member agencies and partners have been on the frontlines… Read more »

  Part 2 Learning from OHTN Conference 2016: HIV Endgame II – Stopping the Syndemics that Drive HIV (November 21-22, 2016) by Mona Lee, PAN’s Greater Vancouver Site Coordinator of PLPH; CBR/Evaluation Support Coordinator; Administrative Coordinator I had the privilege of attending this year’s OHTN Conference that discussed the challenges and factors associated with the… Read more »