Category: Pacific AIDS Network News

Substance Use News June 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 »

Exploring Health Equity at Regional Training

Last month Stacy, Kira and I travelled to our latest Regional Training, which was held on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Syilx and Sinixt First Nations in Nelson. The Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) provided the territorial acknowledgment to ground us as we began. For much of the two days the program focused… Read more »

I had the privilege of attending the 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness in April 2019, and presenting the findings of Positive Living Positive Homes (PLPH) study (click here for the PLPH presentation and click here for all Congress materials). As housing and homeless was the focus of Congress, rather than HIV, I shared… Read more »

PAN has recently written a letter of support to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, thanking her for the Special Report Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of people who use drugs in BC. The report was released three years after her predecessor Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency in response to the ever… Read more »

Last month, the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) promoted the opportunity to unite with almost 100 testing sites, stretching the breadth of our country (‘from sea to sea’) on June 27th, 2019. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), in partnership with PAN and many others, is organizing the second annual national HIV Testing Day (see press release)… Read more »

Mark is a member of the Human Rights Education Project team. He brings perspective from his work as a paramedic and as coordinator of a Community Action Team. Get to know Mark as part of the Meet the People at PAN series.   What first sparked your interest in the HIV or hepatitis C sector? Working… Read more »

Date: Wednesday July 24 Time: 10 AM Pacific World Hepatitis Day is on July 28, and this KnowledgeConnect dialogue-based webinar will focus on hepatitis C knowledge and skills that connect people across the country. We’ll talk with Shelley Taylor, the Regional Health Education Coordinator with CATIE. Shelley supports learning on both coasts of the country!… Read more »

Joni worked with and supported folks living with HIV and hepatitis C at ASK Wellness before joining the PAN team and the Human Rights Education Project. Get to know Joni as part of the Meet the People at PAN series.   What first sparked your interest in the HIV or hepatitis C sector? I was… Read more »

PAN has signed onto a joint letter, along with other advocates. June 11, 2019 Honourable Mike Farnworth Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Room 128 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 Copy to: Honourable John Horgan Premier of British Columbia West Annex Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4   Attn: Hon. Mike Farnworth Dear… Read more »

Substance Use News May 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 »

We are inviting PAN member organizations and allies to help shape an upcoming  “PAN presents…” webinar in June – which will feature staff from the PHSA/ BCCDC/Oak Tree. Towards this end, we invite you to complete a  1 minute poll. Historically as part of our annual Fall Conference, PAN organizes a panel presentation by Regional… Read more »

PAN presents… PHAC Harm Reduction Fund Webinar

PHAC Harm Reduction Fund Webinar and Q&A May 21, 2019 10:30-11:25am At last year’s PAN fall conference, one of the requests we heard at the ED summit was for PAN to facilitate more conversations and potential collaborations across the network when it came to large national and provincial funding calls. In the weeks before PHAC… Read more »