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Homelessness & HIV in the Downtown Eastside

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Agency: 
VANDU
Date: 
2007-11-30
Pages: 
3
Summary: 
A fact sheet describing important statistics between homelessness and HIV rates in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Also included is a call to action, with viable suggestions for combating the growing problem and references to corroborate stated facts.
Keywords: 
HIV; Homelessness; Ethnicity

Beyond our Borders: A Guide to Twinning for HIV/AIDS Organizations

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Sponsor: 
Health Canada
Date: 
1999
Pages: 
82
Summary: 
The guide encourages community-based HIV/AIDS organizations to interact and collaborate with HIV/AIDS organizations in other countries. The focus is on North-South international relations, and the guide includes: a chapter defining the concept "twinning" and outlining benefits of formal collaborative partnerships; a second chapter describing the conditions necessary for a successful twinning relationship; a third chapter addressing cultural challenges in "North-South dynamics"; and a fourth chapter that outlines a step-by-step approach to twinning. Appendices include a resource list and contact information.
Keywords: 
activism; AIDS; community-based organizations; HIV/AIDS; Interagency Coaltion on AIDS and Development; international non-government organizations

3 Ways to Home - Responding to Homelessness in Greater Vancouver Information Bulletin

Publication type: 
Newsletter
Agency: 
Homelessness Secretariat for the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness
Date: 
2003
Pages: 
8
Summary: 
The information bulletin includes a summary of the projects funded under the first three years of the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI) in Greater Vancouver; an update from the Aboriginal homelessness forum; an in-depth look at the homelessness plan in Surrey; a list of other completed community plans on homelessness; and a list of recent reports on different aspects of homelessness produced by research institutes.
Keywords: 
Aboriginal homelessness; action plan; Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness; homelessness; housing; Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI); Surrey

Street First Aid: 'Cause you just never know"

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Streetworks
Sponsor: 
Edmonton Community Lottery Board
Date: 
2000
Pages: 
51
Summary: 
A booklet created for people living on the street by people living on the street offering basic first-aid information in straightforward language with diagrams and point form summaries about how to deal with particular situations. Some of the first-aid situations include: hypothermia; frost bite; seizures; heatstroke; sprains; miscarriage; bites and bruises; shock; fractures; and burns.
Keywords: 
Edmonton; first aid; health conditions; homelessness; street youth; Streetworks

Community Action Kit - HIV Vaccines and Human Rights Information Sheets

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Agency: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
38
Summary: 
A series of twelve information sheets related to HIV/AIDS, vaccines and human rights issues produced by the HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The information sheets introduce key concepts in understanding HIV vaccines and human rights. The issues addressed around HIV vaccines trials include: 1. The basics 2. HIV/AIDS, vaccines and human rights 3. Approval of HIV vaccines trials 4. Ensuring community participation in making decisions about HIV vaccine trials 5. Informed consent and voluntary participation 6. The right to prevention 7. Human rights concerns for women 8. Human rights concerns for children and adolescents 9. Human rights and involvement of vulnerable populations 10. Human rights and access to licensed HIV vaccines 11. HIV vaccines, microbicides and treatment 12. A glossary and resources for additional information
Keywords: 
advocacy; Canada; drug testing; community participation; HIV; HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS Legal Network; human rights; information sheet; prevention; treatment; vaccine; vaccination

LGBT Communities and Substance Use - What Health Has to Do With It!: A Report on Consultations with LGBT Communities

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
lgbt health association of b.c.
Date: 
2003
Pages: 
92
Summary: 
A detailed report prepared by the LGBT Health Association of BC in partnership with the LGBT Population Health Advisory Committee and the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board. Community consultation, focus groups, and a review of existing research are used to assess the needs of substance users in LGBT communities. A community development approach to consultation was used to identify the needs of the community and develop more responsive and effective services. The report includes: a detailed description of the methodology used and the characteristics of the population; a section on prevention that borrows from the four pillars approach to drug problems in Vancouver; a section on treatment that focuses on issues of availability and accessibility; and a discussion of the programs and services currently available. The report also presents participant responses to issues of harm reduction and enforcement. An appendix lists all eighteen recommendations found in the report.
Keywords: 
bisexual; community consultation; drug use; health; gay; lesbian; LGBT Health Association of B.C.; prevention; substance use; transgender; treatment

Making Care Visible: Antiretroviral Therapy and the Health Work of People Living with HIV/AIDS

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Making Care Visisble Working Group
Sponsor: 
Positive Action Fund administered by the AIDS Bureau Ontario Ministry of Health
Date: 
2002
Pages: 
156
Summary: 
A research report about the health work that people living with HIV/AIDS do (the study is a community-based institutional ethnography). The report addresses four main areas: how people living with HIV/AIDS deal with physicians; how they make treatment decisions; how they accomplish compliance; and how they access and interpret treatment information. The document is intended to provide information to people who work in community-based AIDS service organizations as well as health professionals who work with HIV positive patients.
Keywords: 
AIDS; antiretroviral; HIV/AIDS; community-based research; community health; doctors; ethnography; health; research; treatment

Unintentional Opiate Overdose Deaths -- King County, Washington, 1990-1999

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Date: 
2000
Pages: 
4
Summary: 
A report summarizing the results of an analysis of 140 deaths from unintentional opiate overdose in King County, Washington. The report concludes that deaths from opiate overdose increased substantially in this area between 1990 and 1999. The report also lists interventions to decrease unintentional opiate overdose.
Keywords: 
deaths; heroin; injection drug use; IDU; methadone; overdose

Injection Drug Use and HIV/AIDS: Legal and Ethical Issues - Background Papers

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Sponsor: 
Health Canada
Date: 
1999
Pages: 
205
Summary: 
A report produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network investigating the Canadian public health crisis around HIV/AIDS and injection drug use. The report focuses on legal and ethical concerns, and includes: background information on the urgency of the situation; an outline of the steps of the project; an analysis of the current legal status of drugs in Canada; a discussion about drug use in the provision of health and social services; information about the use and effects of illegal drugs; needle exchange and methadone maintenance treatment; a bibliography of resources and studies; and recommendations to improve the Canadian situation.
Keywords: 
AIDS; Canada; Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; ethical issues; harm reduction; HIV/AIDS; injection drug use; IDU; legal issues; methadone; treatment

Final Report: The Community Based HIV/AIDS Research Environmental Scan

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)
Sponsor: 
Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS, Health Canada
Date: 
2003
Pages: 
81
Summary: 
Beginning in 2002, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) conducted an environmental scan to inform the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Capacity Building Initiative. The scan assessed the skill levels of CAAN member organizations, barriers to participation in community-based research (CBR), and their willingness to conduct their own HIV/AIDS research. A survey was developed (attached in Appendix A of this document; a detailed breakdown of its results are provided in Appendix B) and administered to 51 participants. The scan found that research priorities include prevention and education; cultural awareness; harm reduction; and barriers to service use. Key obstacles to doing CBR include lack of direct research experience within the organizationa; limited funding for CBR projects; and challenges of involving community members in projects. Research skills needing improvement included qualitative, quantitative, survey and ethnographic research methods; proposal writing; data analysis; and writing reports. This report gives recommendations based on the environmental scan, including the need to develop training modules, workshops and practical guides on research funding, proposal writing and the research process.
Keywords: 
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN); Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Capacity Building Initiative (ACBPCBR); Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS (CSHA); community-based research (CBR); community capacity building; HIV/AIDS; prevention; awareness raising; access to services; barriers; research funding; research methods; research proposals
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