Year in Review: the long run for positive change
PAN resources support skills building and staff training in our member groups; share advocacy directions and successes for inspiration; and mobilize knowledge gained in community research and evaluation. We also offer tools to support our member organizations to develop and function well, offering information on human resources, working with PWLE; creating cultures of wellness, and more.
Your Community News
PAN provides our members and community allies a place to learn the latest via the News and Community Events section of the website. Here you’ll find events for people with lived experience of HIV, hepatitis C, substance use, and other intersecting identities; announcements of member organization events and resources; research opportunities and results; and advocacy taking place in BC and Canada. Our subscriber newsletter, PAN Weekly News, features additional information and reaches all across Canada to more than 850 subscribers. If you are not signed up for the weekly Enews we encourage you to sign up, you can subscribe at the bottom of any of our site pages: paninbc.ca. On Twitter, we share news from around the world.
Live and on-demand events
Our webinars and virtual trainings are delivered live and also recorded for on-demand viewing. The KnowledgeConnect webinar series is focused on strengthening individual and team skills for frontline service provision. A particular event we were pleased to present this year was Two-Spirit Reconciliation with Harlan Pruden. This two-part event situated Two-Spirit people in Indigenous and colonial histories, looking at how we must work towards decolonizing Two-Spirit realities today. PAN Presents is a series focused on policy and advocacy issues. Presentations honed in on the toxic drug supply fallout, as well as climate change and health equity.
The CBR in BC Quarterly meetings are for people working in community-based research to compare, problem solve, and enhance the growth and quality of community research for HIV, hepatitis C and related conditions in the province. The Sharing Space Community of Practice, started last year, continued in partnership with the AHA Centre. The Community of Practice is open to anyone who engages in Indigenous research.
New Leadership Course
For over ten years, PAN has provided people living with HIV a leadership program so they may explore their leadership goals, and how they might wish to take part in community work. Last year we introduced a similar program for people with lived experience of hepatitis C- the Hep C Leadership Project and we ran a pilot training. This year we developed an online version of the training: Explorations in Leadership for People with Lived Experience of Hepatitis C. This self-paced course provides learners with reflections and resources from people who have been where they are at: taking next steps and creating community.
Emerging and Evolving Health Issues
PAN tracks emerging and evolving health issues that affect our communities and responds with online learning and new resource pages. The past year has seen growth in our COVID-19 resources, and the development of a page on Monkeypox or Mpox; and evolution of resources on our Substance Use and Harm Reduction page. See the Population and Public Health pages in our Resources for intersecting issues in our communities.
I encourage you to explore our Resources pages to find information and events that show community solidity from the past and imagined strengths for the future. I’m grateful to everyone who contributes to our communities.
For more information contact Janet Madsen, Capacity Building and Digital Communications Coordinator, [email protected]