2017 in Review: Training and Leadership

Find all of the 2017 Year in Review (Annual Report) pages on the foundation  page, Executive Summary: Collaborating With Strength


This year, PAN engaged in capacity building events on a variety of topics province-wide, and also offered various events through our Positive Leadership Development Institute, which is aimed at people living with HIV (Read the separate report from PLDI). At PAN’s 2017 Fall Conference in Richmond, PAN was pleased to facilitate discussions around drug policy, led by Dr. Dan Werb and Andrea Woo of the Globe and Mail. PAN also took the opportunity to share findings and approaches to community-based research (CBR) from both its Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH) and BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index (Stigma Index) CBR projects.

Following the Fall Conference, we headed up to Kelowna to host a two-day regional training in partnership with the Interior Health Authority. The training included the ongoing work we are doing in response to the overdose crisis, with presentations from Vikki Reynolds on grief and loss in the workplace, as well as building resilience. The Kelowna chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association also presented on their peer engagement toolkit, which includes a section about stigma written by PAN.

In the winter, alongside the First Nations Health Authority, CATIE and other partners, PAN co-hosted the third Educators’ Forum. This event focuses on developing skills and cultural competence for educators and harm reduction workers delivering HIV, hepatitis C, and harm reduction education in Indigenous communities.

In the spring we traveled to Prince George to host a regional training, with attendees coming in from  Smithers, Quesnel, Fort St. John, and other communities in the North. As with other training events, we consulted those working in the area to develop a program that would be most beneficial to their work. Vikki Reynolds helped attendees think about grief and resilience in new ways, and sessions on hepatitis C, PrEP, how to develop evaluation, and an organizational showcase were also featured over the two-day training.

Throughout the year PAN continues to provide live and on-demand capacity building resources through the KnowledgeConnect webinar series, which brings together people from all regions of BC. Areas of focus include Advocacy, Policy, and Public Health, Health Determinants, Professional Development, and Research and Evaluation. Presentations included an overview of the new GetCheckedOnline.com service, great presentations and conversation on Drug Substitution Therapies and Community Health, the value of using shared measurement in evaluation, some of the findings from our community-based research studies and interpreting the Good Samaritan Overdose Act.

Thank you to all of our members, community partners and allies for the wisdom and enthusiasm you’ve brought to this year’s endeavours. We gratefully acknowledge this work is supported through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund.

Stacy Leblanc
Director of Program Development


Read More:

2017 Executive Summary: Collaborating with Strength
2017 in Review: Positive Leadership Development Institute
2017 in Review: Community-Based Research
2017 in Review: Evaluation
2017 in Review: Collective Impact Network
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