Moving Positively Together in Atlantic Canada

Moving Positively Together in Atlantic Canada was a one-day workshop for people living with HIV from Nova Scotia (14), Newfoundland and Labrador (6), New Brunswick (3), and PEI (3). It was part of a two-day weekend event co-hosted by AIRN and the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), where the first day included a regional symposium hosted by the CPPN to consult with people living with HIV and HIV co-infections around regional needs, gaps and priorities as well as to learn about U=U, the opioid crisis, and HIV criminalization.

The Moving Positively Together in Atlantic Canada workshop was held on the second day, hosted by AIRN, and made possible through funding from REACH for a 6-month foundational project, titled “Building Capacity for the Stigma Index Implementation in Atlantic Canada.” The workshop itself represents a relatively small component of the project and was intended primarily as a launch and momentum builder toward the project’s main objectives: (1) To connect/reconnect people living with HIV in the Atlantic Region; (2) To build a network of people living with HIV across the four Atlantic provinces; and (3) To build leadership capacity for the HIV Stigma Index implementation among people living with HIV in the Atlantic Region.

An anonymous survey was completed by all 26 participants immediately after the workshop to assess satisfaction and achievement of the various capacity building objectives. The feedback received was very positive, and a few of the highlights include:

  • 96% of participants reported being Very Satisfied (61%) or Satisfied (35%) with the workshop overall;
  • 91% – 100% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the networking and learning opportunities, as well as with all of the facilitated sessions;
  • Participants Strongly Agreed or Agreed that the event helped them: Connect/reconnect to PLWHIV (100%); learn about HIV-related stigma and its complexity (96%); understand the benefits of the Stigma Index (73%), and explore what we can do to move toward implementation (72%).

The findings around intentions are particularly encouraging, and underscore the workshop’s success in building momentum toward the actual implementation of the HIV Stigma Index in Atlantic Canada. The vast majority (77% – 100%) of participants reported intentions to stay in contact with other workshop participants, and to learn more about and become involved in an Atlantic Network of people living with HIV as well as the HIV Stigma Index. Stay tuned as the Atlantic region moves forward on this critical work!

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