Resource Category: Advocacy and Policy Resource Summaries

Policy decisions have significant effect on public health (the health of a community) and individual health. Some decisions can disproportionately affect those who are already vulnerable- people living with HIV, HCV, mental health or substance use challenges; people living in poverty. Decisions about HIV criminalization, harm reduction, income assistance rates, and insecure housing are examples of how policy affects individuals and can impact health outcomes. PAN advocates for change on issues that affect health and social outcomes of the people served by our 50+ member organizations. We speak with a collective voice on issues that impact the health of people living with HIV and HCV. Summary highlights are below. See the complete Advocacy, and Policy Resources section for the complete list of resources.

In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency in April 2016.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people… Read more »

Information about the law and the rights of people with HIV  Having HIV is not a crime, but law can impact heavily on the lives of people with HIV. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network “is one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both… Read more »