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THN & CATIE Training Course

 

CATIE is partnering with THN to deliver a training course for you and your colleagues on HIV and Hepatitis C Testing. There is a full course outline where you can find out more.

 

The purpose of the course is to support frontline service providers to talk to their clients about HIV  and Hepatitis C Testing Testing course aims to develop in-depth knowledge of testing technologies, approaches to testing, and how all service providers play an important role in reaching people with HIV and hepatitis C.  Throughout this course, participants learn about the importance of testing for HIV and hepatitis C, what testing technologies exist in Canada, and key considerations to support people throughout the testing process. By exploring different approaches to testing and the barriers that exist from both an individual-level and system-level, service providers come away with strategies to facilitate testing and linkage to care, treatment, and prevention in their communities and with their client,

The HIV and Hepatitis C Testing course begins on July 6th 2021

Register now: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6327344/TST-THN-0721

COVID-19 Update

La COVID-19 et les personnes vivant avec le VIH : prendre soin de votre santé


 
COVID-19 and HIV
What should people living with HIV know about COVID-19? This short video offers tips on healthy living, connecting with healthcare, and information about COVID-19 vaccines for people living with HIV.
COVID-19 and People living with HIV - Taking care of your health




YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE YOU ARE HIV POSITIVE TO GET A COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 Vaccines - Some Facts
COVID-19 Vaccines - Common Worries


Mass Immunization Clinics for adults 16+:

Find out the City-Operated Immunization Clinics near you:
City of Toronto’s Vaccine Webpage:
Vaccinations are underway at City immunization clinics for residents 12 years of age and older,  Toronto residents 40 years of age and older can book at pharmacies. Opens in new window Learn about mobile vaccine clinics for those 18 years of age and older and eligibility for all age groups

 
Fact Sheet Poster for agencies and community groups to share digitally or hard print: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/8ef0-DS-21-0029-COTMassImmunizationFactSheetSeniorsFinalWeb.pdf

COVID-19 Testing 
Mental Health Resources:

Community News & Information 

Casey House impact report

Read Casey House’s 2020-21 impact report, their annual compilation of outcomes and accomplishments from an unprecedented year. The report includes their response to COVID-19, initiatives in harm reduction and enhancing client care, as well as the pivot to virtual fundraising events. Find it at impact2021.caseyhouse.com

 

The Elisse Zack Award for
Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation.

Nominations for the 2021 Elisse Zack Award for Excellence will be accepted until July 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST
and must include:
a completed nomination form and
  • a nomination statement.
Anyone may submit a nomination.

For more information, click here

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   The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI) is pleased to announce the release of a new report titled “HIV Testing in Ontario, 2019”.
  OHESI releases new report on the HIV Care Cascade in Ontario, 2018

The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI) is pleased to announce the release of a new report titled “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed, 2018”.

  Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) wants to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to services to prevent, test and treat sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) including harm reduction services.
If your organization works with African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities or directly provides  STBBI prevention, testing, treatment services, or harm reduction services in Canada to African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities , please encourage your members/clients to take 15 minutes to complete this online survey.  
Input from the African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities is essential to providing reliable information on the impact that COVID-19 has had on these services. The survey is voluntary. No directly identifying personal or organizational information is asked. The information provided will be kept strictly confidential.
The information collected will be used by PHAC to document consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities, including changes in their access to health services. It will provide valuable information to inform policy and improve services in Canada.
The survey can be accessed by following the link: https://ca1se.voxco.com/SE/135/COVID_ACB?LANG=ENG
Please share this survey link among your networks to encourage people who identify as African, Caribbean or Black to participate.  
The survey will be available until June 25, 2021.
Please do not hesitate to contact PHAC at phac.tracks.aspc@canada.ca if you have any questions or would like more information regarding the survey.  

The goal of GetaKit by Black CAP is to increase HIV testing, the frequency of testing, the number of African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) gay, bisexual, transmasculine identified individuals and men who have sex with men (gbMSM) to know their status and linked to treatment and care — all of which contribute to decreasing HIV transmission.
With this new initiative, ACB gbMSM are now able to go to the , see if they are eligible to participate in the study, register, complete a baseline survey and access up to three free HIV self-test kits. The kits, will provide detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to take the test, are delivered to participants’ homes or address of choice.
Through a robust social media campaign and through our community partners we will be better able reach those who would otherwise not have access to testing. It offers a way to make testing discreet, comfortable, and empowering.
It is the mission of Black CAP to provide our community members and partner agencies with most accurate, up-to-date information, sharing our knowledge and expanding our scope as we move towards an integrated approach to HIV and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) across the full continuum of prevention, testing, initiation of care and treatment and ongoing care and support.
 New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Essential Temporary Workers and International Graduates

Community Events


Women’s Programming – Every Tuesday and Thursday
Pride Month Card Exchange - Tuesday, June 1
Gay Men's Coffee Night: HIV Disclosure & The Law - Thursday, June 3
Big Gay Book Club - Thursday, June 3
Coping with COVID-19 - Friday, June 4
Safer PnP: A Virtual Chat - Thursday, June 10
Big Gay Book Club Facebook Live - Wednesday, June 16
Gay Men's Coffee Night: 'Sup - Thursday, June 17
Facebook Live: Living and Thriving with HIV - Friday, June 25

Opportunities for Engagement

Annual General Meeting / Reports

LOFT's Annual Report for the operating year 2020-2021 with you. I hope that you will find it informative and inspiring.
 
Looking back at 2020, it was, without a doubt, a year like no other. In those early weeks, we came together as a team like never before, acting quickly and decisively because we knew our clients were the most at risk for COVID.
The OAN Board of Directors and staff would like to inform you that the Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for June 23, 2021, will now be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m EST. The Annual Meeting follows the OAN’s meeting of delegates living with HIV, which takes place on Monday, September 20, 2021, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

What to expect at this year’s Annual Meeting: 
  • Meet the OAN Board of Directors and staff
  • Get an update on the OAN's work in 2020/21
  • Help guide our work over the coming year
  • To elect new members of our Board of Directors.
CATIE 2021 Annual Meeting
To comply with physical distancing guidelines, CATIE will again be hosting an online annual meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2021. More information about the meeting will be available in late August.
 
Call for nominations to the board of directors
Every year, CATIE elects members to sit on its board of directors. Each director plays an important role in the governance of CATIE and influences the direction and future goals of the agency. CATIE board members are expected to act as ambassadors for CATIE in the community and to promote CATIE’s services. CATIE’s board of directors seeks members with diverse skills, including legal and financial experience, strategic thinking, and experience in the education and healthcare fields. The board also seeks representation from communities disproportionately affected by HIV and hepatitis C in Canada.
 
If you know of an individual you would like to nominate to the CATIE board of directors, please refer to the Nominations and Elections Procedures for Directors and the 2021 call for nominations, which includes the board positions that are up for election this year. Both the person being nominated and the nominator must be CATIE members.
 
The deadline for receipt of nominations is August 1, 2021, noon EDT.

Employment

Is seeking a Seeking a Social Worker, Application Deadline: Tuesday July 6, 2021
 
Is seeking a Nutrition Program Manager, Application Deadline: Monday July 12, 2021@ 10 a.m
 
 

Volunteer & Board Opportunities

CAHR is seeking applications for the position of Trainee Representative on the Board of Directors for a one-year term.  The deadline for applications is June 1st, 2021.  For more information, please visit: https://www.cahr-acrv.ca/cahr-news/cahr-board-trainee-representative-call-for-applications/
Would you like to LEAD the growth and development of an organization focused on supporting people living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS? 
Are you interested in FUNDRAISING to address HIV/AIDS in our community?
If you do, Black CAP would like you to consider joining its Board of Directors.
For More information and to apply

Surveys & Studies

People living with HIV Wanted for Cannabis Study

York University researchers are seeking research participants to help test a smartphone-based method for assessing cannabis use, and associated health outcomes, among people living with HIV.

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