Taking Action

to Disrupt the HIV-STBBI Status Quo

The HIV-STBBI landscape is highly complex

As a result, the MB HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network was formed in 2016 to work collectively to tackle systems change.

This is our 15th large event! With the recent dire report from the Manitoba HIV Program and their calls to action we are moved as a Network to show how our work will create change.

Our theme “Taking Action to Disrupt the HIV-STBBI Status Quo” is meant to elevate how our work will disrupt the current dire trends.

View the Report

The Conference

Conference Date: May 11th, 2023

Where: Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry

1824 Pembina Highway

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2G2

Time: 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m

The Abstracts

Presented by: Melissa Morris* (University of Manitoba, Souleymanov Village Lab)

Presented by: Dr. John Kim*, HIV Reference Lab Public Health Agency of Canada

Presented by: Rebecca Murdock, University of Manitoba Peer Research Team

Presented by: Shauna Fay and Srinath Maddur from Nine Circles Community Health Centre

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous People Living with HIV in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: Gigii-Bapiimin Study Findings.

Learning from Testing Innovations and Impact on Human Behaviours during the COVID Pandemic

"Live life to the fullest": Peer guidance and support for people newly diagnosed with HIV

Sex, Drugs, and Bingo

Presented by: Candace Neumann and Laverne Gervais from Ka Ni Kanichihk

Resurgence of Our Relatives: Scaling-Up of Indigenous HIV Doula Work in Manitoba, Canada

Presented by: Tara Christianson, University of Manitoba, Village Lab. Melissa Morris*, Dr. Rusty Souleymanov*, Ann Favel (All from University of Manitoba, Souleymanov Village Lab)

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use and Harm Reduction Services Among Indigenous People Living with HIV/AIDS in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Presented by: Enrique Villacis Alvarez. University of Manitoba - Rueda Lab. Co-Authors: Cheryl Sobie, Zulma Rueda, Yoav Keynan

Barriers, facilitators, and recommendations for HIV care among people diagnosed with HIV between 2018-2022: a mixed methods study.

Presented by: Cheryl Sobie, University of Manitoba - Rueda Lab. Co-Authors: Enrique Villacis, Yoav Keynan,Zulma Rueda

“The spark was already lit but the gasoline was COVID”: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and methamphetamine use on HIV care in Manitoba” 

Saydi Harlton. Waniska (Saskatchewan), Co-Authors: Melissa Morris*

CanHepC Prairie Roadmap

Paula Migliardi* (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority). Co-Authors: Michelle Klimczak, Alisha Rana, Daniel Awshek

Outreach and STBBI care in Public Health: A look at current interventions in Winnipeg

Shriya Hari*, CATIE. Co-Authors: Christie Johnston, CATIE Director, Education & Capacity Building, Marty Rocca, CATIE Manager, Online Education Development

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

Alexandra Munsten & Patrick O'Byrne, University of Ottawa; Ottawa Public Health.

GetaKit: HIV self-testing as part of multiple interventions to achieve collective impact.

The Keynotes

Dr. Sheila Blackstock

Decolonizing Health: Unearthing and Empowering our Well-being(s) through Identity.

The continued impacts of colonization will be articulated by exploring the interconnectedness of the structural determinants to the social determinants of health. The current context of HIV STBBI is situated within the convergence of systemic drivers of structural racism, colonization, and intergenerational trauma. Unearthing our First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Aboriginal knowledge systems, empowerment, and upholding our identity are key health determinants to disrupting contemporary structural racism.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Human and Health Science, School of Nursing

Academic Co-Lead, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

University of Northern British Columbia

Laverne Gervais

Ka Ni Kanichihk Indigenous Led Response to Cultural Safety and STBBIs: Go Ask Auntie

Safety and STBBIs: Go Ask Auntie

Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Mino Pimatisiwin Sexual Wellness Lodge is an Indigenous-led STBBI testing and harm reduction focused clinic filled with big auntie energy. The Lodge was designed by community working to address the need for culturally safer spaces for Indigenous people in STBBI health care. We offer STBBI testing, care and a variety of Indigenous healing activities. It is low barrier, sex and drug positive, culturally safe and grounded in Indigenous teachings. Our kookums, aunties, language speaker

Laverne Gervais (Anishnabe/French Canadian) is from Treaty One territory. She has been working in HIV/AIDS for 9 years predominately with Indigenous women living with the virus. She has an MA from UNBC and is a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Educator.

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