Our Knowledge Transfer & Exchange initiatives support an active and engaged network of Community Based Organizations (including people living with HIV or HCV working in the sector) as a whole. How can we make a difference for positive women and their communities? Listen, speak, and act. We aim to do just that working with individuals and organizations. Recognized as an expert on women’s HIV and HCV related health and accompanying social issues, we provide education and prevention information in a variety of ways.
Skills Development Workshops – We deliver free comprehensive training for students and service providers across the province, highlighting the lived realities of women living with HIV and HCV. Positive women report experiencing discrimination from service providers not directly involved in the field of HIV, and service providers report having limited HIV knowledge and wanting to learn more. Our workshops clear up misconceptions and reduce stigma by answering any questions that participants have, leaving them feeling comfortable in working with women who have HIV and related issues such as hepatitis C.
We also offer Community of Practice Peer trainings and we support members to participate in partner organizations’ various Gatherings. Capacity Building mentorship for PLDI graduates, Peer Training Graduates, volunteers, or through individual agency recommendations is part of our training services. Finally, more and more agencies are requesting our Regional Health education workshops.
Support to Individual Agencies
PWN is honoured to support individual agencies who look to us for leadership on women specific services for women living with or vulnerable to HIV and HCV. Our support includes:
- Developing safe spaces for women
- Creating women-friendly policies (e.g. Child care, confidentiality, etc.)
- Development of Women-specific programs/projects within a full service agency
We often participate in health fairs, community consultations with various HIV and sexual health organizations, conferences and other special events, where we are regularly asked to set up a resource table or deliver a presentation on an aspect of HIV or HCV and women’s health. Send us an email if you’d like to invite us into your community.
One of our primary events is the annual Springboard Conference, which brings together positive women and service providers to discuss women-specific issues. In the past, we’ve had keynote speeches on a broad range of topics such as reproductive health and fertility issues; the integration of HIV and hepatitis C care; Indigenous health and wellness; women, housing, and health; the health of women in incarceration; and refugee and immigrant health.
Our educational resources are distributed across the country. Please contact us if you would like to receive copies and we will send them to you. Especially popular are the Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV and the Pocket Guide on Aging for Women Living with HIV, as well as our series on HIV disclosure, which can also be ordered directly from catie.ca. We also write, edit and publish a newsletter called The Positive Side.
We deliver health promotion education on HIV, HCV and sexual health information via social networking platforms, including Twitter, Enews and Facebook, along with our weekly blog entries on post diagnosis education and resources for women with HIV and service providers and on HIV/ STI prevention education for women over 40, parents and a broad range of service providers through You Should Know website. We also look at the social determinants of health influencing women’s lives, including poverty, housing, violence against women, racism, gender inequity and much more.
Community Partnership Engagement
We engage in Partnership Building Activities that strengthen community support networks and form new networks to meet the specific needs of women living with or vulnerable to HIV and/or HCV. We believe this will result in improved responsiveness, relevance and effectiveness of community and health care services for women across BC.
We also make every effort to secure participation on regional, provincial and national advisory committees.