Category: Community News

The Interior Region Shelter and Supportive Operators Summit was initiated and organized by three services organizations: ASK Wellness Society (Kamloops), the Canadian Mental Health Association (Kamloops) and Penticton and District Society for Community Living (Penticton). Invitations were sent out across the Interior Health Authority Region resulting in 17 organizations agreeing to participate. The need for… Read more »

Webinar: Prison Health is Public Health

Date: April 12, 2022 Time: 9:30 AM Pacific Action Hepatitis Canada has released a new report: Prison Health is Public Health: The Right to Hepatitis C Prevention, Diagnosis, and Care in Canada’s Correctional Settings. People who are incarcerated (PWAI) are identified as a priority population for HCV care, as they are 40 times more likely… Read more »

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) out of the University of Manitoba, together with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), is conducting a research study on the impacts COVID-19 has had on Indigenous Peoples access to STBBI-related services and care. We hope the results of the study can lead to improved… Read more »

BC Substance Use Conference

The 2022 BC Substance Use Conference is the fourth annual conference hosted by the BC Centre on Substance Use. This conference brings together stakeholders from across the province to share clinical expertise, lived experiences, and the latest evidence relating to substance use. This two-day virtual conference will include presentations and panels on research, education, and… Read more »

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC is looking to fill a position of Program Manager in research to improve testing for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) Salary Range: $42,000   Position Description The HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action & Harm Reduction Program Coordinator will be responsible for leading the implementation of our HIV/STBBI… Read more »

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Pacific time On completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to: • Identify considerations for women living with HIV in reproductive age • Review ART and weight gain in women living with HIV • Discuss caring for aging women living with HIV This webinar… Read more »

Job posting: Peer Navigator, AIDS Vancouver

Peer Navigator Needed: (Part Time, On-going, contract)   Date Posted: February  1, 2022 Closing Date: until position is filled Employment Type: Contract Part-Time (approximately 10 Hours/Week) Location(s): Outreach – Operating within the area covered under the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Employer: AIDS Vancouver Salary Range: $22.50/hr Send Cover Letter and Resume to: [email protected]   Job Summary… Read more »

Substance Use News, March 2022

Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working in harm reduction. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how to… Read more »

Update: Response received April 7, 2022. Scroll down to read. March 1, 2022 The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Associate Minister of Health Sent via email: [email protected]   Dear Minister Bennett: Today, the member organizations of PAN* write to urge you to grant the province of BC’s application for… Read more »

  Options for Sexual Health is a valuable ally of PAN, a frequent participant in our meetings and webinars, and part of the Collective Impact Network.  It is going through a process to review their 45 clinics and identify which communities may lose sexual health services, due to lack of funding increases since 2011.  They… Read more »

Position Summary Are you interested in research to improve testing for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) in your community? Join our team at the Digital Sexual Health Initiative (DiSHI; on the Community STI Testing Survey this summer. GetCheckedOnline is an internet-based STBBI testing service operated by the BC Centre for Disease Control… Read more »

COVID update: PAN in-person events to resume with caution

In response to the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in BC, we are pleased to report some exciting updates to PAN’s operations. Communicable disease prevention focuses on basic risk reduction principles to reduce the risk of workplace transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.  Our updated Communicable Disease Prevention Plan includes a variety of ongoing measures… Read more »