Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

  Unfortunately this webinar needs to be rescheduled. We will update this post with a date once it has been determined.  Join us for a webinar with the Canadian HIV and Disability Project (CaNHDis) of Realize: A National Environmental Scan of HIV and Disability Resources     Register now   Summary: Systemic ableism is increasingly… Read more »

  We want to hear from you! The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and the Federation of Community Social Services of BC (FCSSBC) are working on a labour market strategy called the Social Services Training and Education Plan to reduce the stress and burnout that community social service workers face in an increasingly… Read more »

2022 World AIDS Day and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week

  World AIDS Day is (December 1) and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week is December 1-7. You and your communities can share resources and attend events to remember the people who have died, and their unique places within HIV/AIDS communities honour the experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS share knowledge about HIV remember historical… Read more »

The Safer Bathroom Toolkit

  From the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research   Bathrooms can provide private, seemingly safe spaces for people to use substances, especially when they are unable to access supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites. Even when these designated services are available, some people will continue to use substances in bathrooms. There are several reasons… Read more »

Have your say on HIV criminalization!

  Last month, the Government of Canada announced the start of a public consultation on HIV criminalization. From now until January, you can have your say and tell the government that it’s past time to change the misguided and harmful law on HIV non-disclosure. The federal government needs to hear from you about why criminalizing… Read more »

  On Tuesday November 1, BC’s Select Standing Committee on Health released the report Closing Gaps, Reducing Barriers: Expanding the response to the toxic drug and overdose crisis. The report notes that the Select Standing Committee on Health (SSCH) gathered input from government ministries, health authorities, and other relevant agencies (PAN presented with CSUN), through written… Read more »

Substance Use News, October 2022

  Substance Use News provides a monthly collection of news and resources on the social, medical and political responses to the toxic drug supply crisis. Info for People Who Use Substances: get the latest alerts, and tips on how to stay safe from Toward the Heart. Visit our Substance Use and Harm Reduction page for more resources.   … Read more »

After hearing from numerous Indigenous communities, and also from Indigenous partners about the need resources to help individuals find ways to improve their mental health and well-being as a result of COVID-19 that has caused stress and loss for many people, the CV-19 Indigenous Knowledge Translation Working Group at the BC Centre for Disease Control has… Read more »

  Cora Lee is a member of the Lumbee Nation, and started with PAN as Indigenous Programming Coordinator in October 2022. She has worked in Indigenous services, as a nurse practitioner in HIV, Hep C and STBBI care and support, and as an educator. Cora Lee works with the Training and Leadership team.   What… Read more »

  From the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS: Thrive Research Report: Policy and Care Recommendations   Older adults living with HIV (i.e., age ≥50) now constitute over 50% of all people accessing HIV treatment in BC. As older adults living with HIV (OALHIV) age, the need for supportive care in non-acute settings, including home… Read more »

Activism in the Arts: AIDS and Classical Music Exhibition

  Contemporary classical music provided its responses to, and sources of support during, the early years of the AIDS epidemic: music that addressed the rampant fear, anger, frustration, defiance, longing, and loss from that time. The exhibition “I’ve Got U Under My Skin: AIDS & Classical Music” at University of British Columbia in Vancouver includes… Read more »

HIV Legal Network Strategic Plan: Rights Within Reach

from HIV Legal Network   Introducing Rights Within Reach: Strategic Plan 2022-2027 Beginning in 2021, The HIV Legal Network undertook a comprehensive assessment process, involving key stakeholders, current and former staff, and board members, to identify our strengths and our areas for growth. We looked at the areas where our work has changed laws, policies,… Read more »