Cultivating innovation,
collaboration and results
from coast to coast

We are a national network of changemakers, including HIV/AIDS researchers, people living with HIV, community-based organizations, clinicians and policymakers. REACH Nexus is structured around seven regional core teams that stretch from coast to coast. Each team has community and academic leads and determines its own regional research priorities. Our national leadership supports these teams, identifies opportunities for cross-regional initiatives and facilitates collaboration across teams on shared goals.

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.

Our Vision

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.


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