British Columbia & Yukon
Regional Lead: Pacific AIDS Network
The Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) works collaboratively with over 40 member organizations and people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C to build capacity and skills for stronger communities in British Columbia, through workplace training, leadership development, community-based research and evaluation, and through the support of a collective impact network.
PAN and the CIHR Centre forREACH in HIV/AIDS (REACH) have successfully worked in partnership since 2008. Some of the highlights and major accomplishments include: A) being the first region in Canada to implement the international People Living with HIV Stigma Index, and in the second phase of the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index, including holding a Deliberative Dialogue to plan next steps for stigma-reduction initiatives.
B) Through Making it WorkCBR study we are conducting innovative program research in partnership with theAHA Centre to explore the relationships between improved outcomes and cultural safety, case management and community development. The full study seeks to bridge Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and Indigenous research methodologies with Western Realist Evaluation methodology. C) PAN is also providing evaluation support to national REACH projects, including the development of shared reporting tools and evaluation support for the National Stigma Index study.
D) PAN and regional partners are working to support greater access to the new self-testing technologies for individuals and communities across BC. We recognize the importance of focusing on supporting priority populations, people living outside urban areas, and clients with a variety of complex service needs, and we also support the development of Indigenous service delivery models and culturally safe practices.
To reach the undiagnosed, improve linkage to care, decrease stigma and discrimination, increase community engagement and mobilization and enable environments and the social determinants of health. You can learn more about PAN’s Research and Evaluation Department on our website.
BC & Yukon Team Leads
Dr. Nathan Lachowsky is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria and Research Director at the Community Based Research Centre. Championing interdisciplinary and community-based approaches, he has conducted HIV/AIDS and sexual health research across Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. Lachowsky’s principal area of research focuses on social and behavioural epidemiology and the importance of developing and analyzing public health data to inform public health practice, health service provision, and policy. While fundamentally trained as an epidemiologist, he conducts interdisciplinary research within a social justice framework in order to achieve health equity for marginalized communities. His population foci include sexual and gender minoritized populations, youth, Indigenous, and ethnoracialized communities.
Janice Duddy, MES, is the Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research at the Pacific AIDS Network and the Evaluation Manager at REACH and has worked with the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS since 2013. Previous to this role she was the Grants & Partnerships Coordinator with the CBR program at PAN and held a dual role with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) as the Manager of the PHSA’s HIV/AIDS Program and the Operations Manager of the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Hepatitis Program. Janice is very committed to engaging community as active members of research and evaluation teams. She has a passion for building a stronger culture of evaluation in the region through engagement of stakeholders from across the sector and showing the value of moving research evidence into practice.
Madeline Gallard is PAN’s Community-Based Research Coordinator. Throughout their life, they have lived in several different communities in BC (and briefly, in Ottawa!). Madeline has been at PAN for over two years and is glad to be involved in the work and projects of REACH.
The latest from the region
REACH Nexus’s I’m Ready HIV self-testing research program releases its first data summary
The impact of COVID-19 on our communities: from around the world to Quebec
EPIC project studies impacts of the health crisis caused by COVID-19
Ontario HIV Stigma Index team publishes BMC paper on the health impacts of internalized HIV stigma and depression
Paper’s findings are a valuable contribution to the literature on HIV stigma