The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - July 12, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Order your resources for World Hepatitis Day
  • New World Hepatitis Day article for service providers
  • Two webinars this July: The Sex You Want and Hepatitis C in 2017. Register now!
  • ICAD’s three new case studies
  • Bright Ideas presents Northern Health’s Specialized Support Team

World Hepatitis Day – July 28

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is July 28, 2017. Visit CATIE’s World Hepatitis Day web page for information on WHD in Canada and around the world; a brief history of Hep C in Canada; Hepatitis C Key Messages; and resources to help you prepare for your World Hepatitis Day campaign.

Also check out our article Let’s get the news out about hepatitis C treatment: Access is up and cure rates are high to read about how treatment access is changing and other major Hep C developments.

Don’t forget to order your print resources for your World Hepatitis Day event here! The CATIE Ordering Centre has a range of Hep C resources including brochures about the Hep C basics, treatment, prevention resources and more!

New Resources

Models for improving linkage to care for people living with HIV released from jail or prison

National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

This resource summarizes effective models and best practices of linkage to care programs for people living with HIV who are leaving jail or prisons and re-entering society. It is based on U.S. project reports, training manuals and resources guides on post-incarceration linkage to care programs in the United States.

Download the PDF


Researchers say rule out depression, anxiety, unemployment and other stresses before blaming cognitive impairment for everyday difficulties ( article)

UN day against “drug abuse” gets it all wrong (Op-Ed by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)

HepCinfo Update 8.13: E-health intervention improves HCV screening; Drug-checking program reduces overdoses; Epclusa effective in HIV/HCV co-infection

Canadian study finds increased risk of death among HIV-positive Indigenous people

CATIE updates

Webinar: The Sex You Want: An Ontario response to gay men's sexual health

July 25, 2017
1 p.m. ET

Join CATIE and the Community-Based Research Centre for a webinar about GMSH’s campaign The Sex You Want. In this webinar, Dane Griffiths from the Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance will provide an overview of this online sexual health promotion intervention including the development, implementation and evaluation. We will discuss the role and need for combination approaches to gay men's sexual health and lessons learned from developing the campaign.

Register now!

Webinar: Hepatitis C in 2017: Improved treatment access and frontline realities

July 26, 2017
1 p.m. ET

This webinar, held in honour of World Hepatitis Day, will review some of the major Hep C developments of 2017. Participants will hear from health-care providers about how changes in treatment access are affecting frontline realities.

Register now!

The CATIE Blog

The CATIE Blog is our way of bringing more people into the conversation about HIV and hepatitis C. Check out our recent posts:

Highlights from our Partners

2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations: New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerrigan Beaver-Johnson as Executive Director. She will start on July 16, 2017. Kerrigan is a 2-Spirited Anishinaabe-kwe from Alderville First Nations with 20 years working with Aboriginal people, organizations and communities.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): New webinar series

The NCCMT has recently launched a new ‘Webinar Series’ page which includes:

  • A spotlight on KT Methods and Tools: featuring knowledge translation resources from their registry of methods and tools
  • An Online Journal Club: help improve your critical appraisal skills!
  • Topic-Specific Methods and Tools to Support Evidence-Informed Decision Making: learn about methods and tools tailored to specific topics in public health

Also, check out their Registry of Methods and Tools to access more than 200 methods and tools.

CTAC: Webinar recording on the pan-genotypic Hep C medication

CTAC recently recorded a webinar on the medication glecaprevir/pibrentasvir, which works against all strains of the hepatitis C virus. For those of you who missed the webinar, you can view it on their website or on their YouTube channel.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD): Three new case studies

ICAD launched three new case studies on its Digital Liaisons microsite:

  • APCOM (Thailand) turns to the community and its influencers to encourage men to Suck. F*#ck. Test. Repeat.;
  • Health GAP (United States) adds Whatsapp and Twitter to its activist toolkit;
  • Youth Engage (Zimbabwe) turns to social media to mobilize young people, and politicians.

Packed with practical recommendations, examples and tools, Digital Liaisons is a showcase for innovative and strategic uses of social media in HIV work.

Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health (IAPH): Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis Health Policy Research Partnerships

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, in partnership with IAPH and the Health Canada Gender and Health Unit, has created the Sex- and Gender-based Analysis Health Policy-Research Partnerships. These research-policy partnerships will help bridge the gaps between research knowledge and policy development. Candidates can apply for these funding opportunities in mid-July.

Realize: Save the date!

Realize is holding its annual form on September 15, 2017 in Toronto. This year’s theme is An Intersectoral Policy Dialogue on HIV and Mental Health. Save the date!

Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH): Call for proposals

The GMSH is soliciting proposals for its 2017 Skills Building Symposium. This annual event brings together staff of community based HIV/AIDS service organizations, policy makers, community members and researchers to learn best practices and increase their capacity to provide sexual health services locally.

The symposium will take place October 23-24, 2017 in Toronto. The GMSH is particularly interested in proposals that address gay men's sexual health and holistic wellness, service navigation approaches and combination HIV prevention. This year's symposium is taking place at an opportune time with the release of Ontario's new HIV Strategy and a new GMSH Strategic Plan. Submissions can include: panels, workshops, research briefs, and community initiatives. For more information and to submit your proposal please click here.

Bright ideas!

Northern Health: An inter-professional team providing multi-pronged support

July 2017

Northern Health, the health authority that delivers health care across Northern B.C. and serves around 300,000 people, has assembled a team of healthcare professionals to support people living with HIV or hepatitis C and their care providers. Known simply as the Specialized Support Team, this healthcare group consists of a pharmacist, a social worker, a dietician and a consulting nurse practitioner. The team falls under chronic disease programming and has an infectious diseases specialist as the medical lead.  Together, the Specialized Support Team provide links to care, peer support, harm reduction, HIV and Hep C education, access to medications and routine testing.

The communities they serve consist of a mix of rural and urban populations, as well as many Indigenous people and people who use drugs. The individuals who access their services either self-refer themselves or have been referred to them by their primary care providers, specialists or community groups that are familiar with the services of the Support Team.

Because the region they serve is so vast (over 600,000 square kilometers), they need to be creative about how they provide their services. “Face-to-face is the best way to engage with people, but it can be hard getting out there, especially in the winter… and it can be costly,” explained Brenda MacDougald, the social worker for the program. To get around this issue, the team offers many different ways to connect besides in-person consultations: telehealth video links, telephone, text, fax and email. Several times per year, the team leaves their Prince George clinic to do outreach in other locations on a scheduled basis.

A positive outcome has been the relationships that the Specialized Support Team has forged with other people working in healthcare. “Ten years ago, the work we did was really siloed. Now, partnerships are being developed between Northern Health and other communities,” said Brenda.

Currently, there are over 40 people accessing their services, but numbers fluctuate according to the need. Some people choose to use their services for a short period, while others require their assistance for longer stretches of time. “Our main goal is to build capacity in the regions we serve by educating people about HIV and Hep C. We don’t want anyone living with HIV or Hep C to fall between the cracks,” explained Jenn Hawkes, the pharmacist.

More information about the Specialized Support Team can be found at or by calling this toll free number: 1-888-645-6495.

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