2016 Fall Conference, PLHIV Forum and AGM

October 25 & 26, 2016, Richmond BC

Thank you to all that attended and contributed to the shared knowledge that has resulted in planning and action.


Update 1: Since the closing of this Conference, PAN has been working hard to develop a report on an important and pressing issue that was extensively discussed at the Conference, namely, Canada’s national drug policy and its effects on public health in the context of BC’s ongoing crisis of overdose and overdose deaths.

This Drug Policy Report summarizes the information and perspectives shared via the various conference presentations, roundtable discussions, topic tables and Q&A sessions that took place over the course of the two days of the Conference. Some of the latest changes to drug policy and programming are also noted. Based on the Conference deliberations and taking into account the latest developments, the report highlights potential policy changes and advocacy items for PAN and allied partners to consider as we look to the future.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on this report, and more importantly to working collaboratively with member organizations and allied stakeholders and supporting the provincial response to the overdose crisis.


Update 2: At PAN’s 2016 Executive Directors Summit, one of the two key topics that participants identified as pressing for the session was the concerns regarding the process, outcomes and next steps of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF). Earlier in the fall, PHAC announced the decisions of the funding competition’s Letter of Intent (LOI) process, and those decisions had significant implications for HIV and HCV service delivery in BC.  During the Summit, PAN member ED’s and other leadership discussed key messages (initially developed by the PAN Board of Directors at their face-to-face board meeting the day before) for a letter from PAN to the Minister of Health Dr. Philpott. Following the ED Summit, a letter containing these key messages was sent to Dr. Philpott on November 2nd, and PAN received a response letter from the Minister on December 13th. The Health Minister’s response invited a meeting between PAN and the President of PHAC, Dr. Mithani; as well as the Chief Public Health Officer.

A face-to-face meeting between PAN senior staff, Dr. Mithani and two key PHAC regional representatives was subsequently arranged and took place in Vancouver on January 17th, 2017. During this meeting, the concerns held by PAN and its members about the CAF funding process, decisions, and implications on service delivery were discussed. Dr. Mithani acknowledged those concerns.  The President also sought feedback on PAN’s recommendations as to how to potentially improve: funding competitions and communications regarding PHAC funding priorities in the future.  A key topic of conversation was how to effectively evaluate PHAC funded community-based programs and thereby ensure “maximum impact”.  Together, PAN and PHAC committed to working together to maximize the collective impact of community support and services addressing HIV, HCV and other STBBIs.

Moving forward, PAN will continue to follow up with PHAC staff  at regional and national levels, as required, to best support various member organizations through the transitional and “top up” funding processes.  Along with our member organizations, and allied stakeholders and partners throughout BC and Canada, PAN will also continue to call more funding for the sector (including advocating for dedicated funds for HCV and other STBBIs). If you have any questions regarding PHAC’s HIV/HCV CAF or PAN’s work on this critical issue, please contact PAN’s Executive Director, J. Evin Jones via email [email protected].


This year’s PAN Fall Conference featured:

  • Keynote by: Richard Elliott, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Donald McPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition; Katie Lacroix, Society of Living Intravenous Drug Users (SOLID); Darcie Bennett, Pivot Legal Society; Jordan Westfall, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  • Special plenary session on supervised consumption sites & harm reduction
  • Updates on: STOP, From Hope to Health, and Healthy Pathways Forward 
  • Update on the Population Size Estimates Project being led by the BCCDC
  • Presentation from Lianping (Mint) Ti, PhD., BC Centre for Excellence on “Treatment as Prevention” for HCV 
  • Special HCV plenary session
  • Forum for People Living with HIV/AIDS aka PHA Forum
  • Executive Director Networking Session
  • Annual General Meeting


Please click on the links below for important documents related to the conference:


Annual Report

Conference Draft Schedule (subjected to change)

Drug Policy, Harm Reduction & Supervised Consumption Sites Session

YouthCO Presentation

PAN 101 Session

Forum for persons living with HIV/AIDS (aka PHA Forum)

Executive Director Networking Session

Members’ and Stakeholders’ Survey

PAN Board & Senior Management Presentations

Annual General Meeting

STOP HIV/AIDS & From Hope to Health Updates

Population Size Estimates (PSE)

CATIE Presentation

HCV “Treatment as Prevention” Presentation

“Refresh” of Healthy Pathways Forward Presentation

Evaluation Report from the 2016 Fall Conference

PAN 2016 Fall Conference Evaluation


2016 PAN Ignite Webinars

We have scheduled two teleconference Q & A sessions with all the presenters of the webinars and so we invite you to join us on one of the two dates:

October 19th at 10:00am (Pacific time)
November 23rd at 10:00am (Pacific time)

Dial in information for the calls is:
Toll-free: 1-888-884-4539
Access code: 528 11 44 #


PLDI Peer Evaluators Impact Evaluation Project


Positive Living, Positive Homes


The BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index


Results from the 2015 PAN Members’ & Stakeholders’ Survey


Please contact the event registrat at [email protected] for any questions related to the PAN 2016 Fall Conference, PHA Forum and AGM.


For information on the PAN 2015 and past conferences, please see the Conference Resources page of our website.


  • All Resources
  • Advocacy and Policy Resource Summaries
  • Community Based Research Resource Summaries
  • Evaluation Resource Summaries
  • Population and Public Health Resource Summaries
  • Training, Conference, and Webinar Resource Summaries
  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection just as HIV is a viral infection. Unlike HIV, however, HCV can be treated and cured.  Treatment for HCV is available to anyone living with hepatitis C in BC.   Explore in Detail: Hepatitis C: Epidemiology, testing, treatment, resources HCV Manifesto Hepatitis C Treatment Options Expand in BC

  • The Evaluation News blog covers our work within PAN and with organizations in the community.  Learn about different kinds of evaluation like Realist Evaluation, learn how other organizations are using evaluation approaches, meet evaluators on the job, and find out about how you can help in community evaluation. Explore in detail:  Evaluation News blog Evaluation… Read more »

  • People with HIV can live long and healthy lives if they access to treatment and social support as needed. As people with HIV age, however, complications of aging can compound challenges of living with HIV. Concerns for people with HIV who are aging can include income security, stigma, safe and affordable housing, aging in place,… Read more »

  • Our Fall Conference, AGM, PLHIV Forum and ED Summit gathers people from across the province who share their programs and services, learn about new developments in public health, and help build a vibrant and supportive community. We also offer Regional conferences to customize capacity building-needs for different service areas in BC. After the events, with permission… Read more »

  • We offer our KnowledgeConnect webinars to reach our  member organizations as well as community leaders and stakeholders. Information is available when our viewers have the opportunity to connect. Watch for news on upcoming webinars in the blog. Follow the blog for news on upcoming webinars   Explore webinars by theme: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health Health Determinants… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency.  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 with lived experience… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Evaluation can help guide your organization or group to make decisions about programs, services, research, and more. Participatory research is just what it sounds like- people and communities take part in decision-making about what is evaluated, rather than being told what they “should” evaluate. Community is central to evaluation work and we can help you… Read more »


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