Category: Pacific AIDS Network News

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is offering one-time funding to community-based organizations (CBOs) in British Columbia to support their response to COVID-19. PHSA acknowledges that CBOs face various challenges to offering programming and services during a pandemic. The total amount of funds available is $700,000. The maximum that will be awarded per application is… Read more »

PAN statement on Racism 

  We oppose anti-Black racism, and strongly condemn all acts of anti-Black discrimination and violence. We acknowledge that racism towards Black people and other people of colour has not ended, but continues to exist and create harm every day. We stand in solidarity with Black communities everywhere. Racism – individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural –… Read more »

A new website and initiative called The Positive Effect, jointly sponsored by the CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0 and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), has now launched at www.positiveeffect.org/. The Positive Effect site and initiative showcases and highlight stories, experiences, and reflections of people living with HIV, as well as those who work… Read more »

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 people with 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… 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 »

Hep C in Focus: Special Virtual Event

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 »

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 »

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 »

  On March 11, 2020, 58 people from all parts of the province gathered on the unceded traditional territory of the Semiahmoo, Katzie Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations in Surrey for the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) Event entitled “Stories of Lived Experience” (SoLE). The program spanned from learning about leadership, to hearing from… Read more »