Conversations will focus on:
•The history of AIDS organizing & the development of AIDS Service Organizations
•Funding, service integration & financial austerity
•Increasing Public Health surveillance, monitoring & evaluation
•Impacts on people who use services & the consequences of ‘client-ization’
Gary Kinsman, Co-research on the AIDS Activist History Project
Anne Marie DiCenso, Executive Director of PASAN
As we are now more than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, new questions, consequences and outcomes have been developing in relation to the changing nature of AIDS Service Organizations. With the move towards service integration, streamlined funding, and the so-called ‘end of HIV exceptionalism’ there is a renewed interest in the HIV social service sector as a whole and how it is shaped and organized in relation to state priorities and increased public health surveillance.
With these new developments, our event proposes to take stock of the role of HIV and Hep C service organizations and ask a number of questions, including:
•What are the limits of current community-based practice based on engagement with the state?
•Are today’s ASOs adequately resourced and designed to undertake their intended role? Is this role sufficient to address the ongoing and emerging HIV issues that marginalized communities face?
•Due to state constraints, what are the consequences on advocacy possibilities for ASOs, or ASO involvement in social and policy change?
•What are the consequences of new technologies for monitoring and evaluation methods to understand the limitations and potential of community-based HIV and Hep C work?
Zoë Dodd, Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance
Laurie Edmiston, Executive Director, CATIE
Martin French, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University
Nicole Greenspan, Doctoral candidate, Health Services Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
John Maxwell, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Alex McClelland, Humanities Doctoral student, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture, Concordia University
Marvelous Muchenje, Community Health Coordinator, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Community Health Centre
Michael Orsini, Chair, Institute of Feminist & Gender Studies, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Maureen Owino, Director, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)
Terra Tynes, Hep C Community Support Worker, Toronto Community Hep C Program
Nora Butler Burke, Concordia University
Colin Hastings, York University
Liam Michaud, Concordia University
Food is provided for all participants. The event space is accessible via ramp and elevator.
This event is FREE!
The CIHR Social Research Centre