RÉZO is organizing the first Francophone Summit concerning the health of gay and bisexual men (cis and trans) in Canada: SMASH (Montreal’s Action Summit for the Health of Men who have Sexual or Romantic Relationships with other Men -MSM-). The event will take place over two days in Montreal: Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th, 2019. Registration is required, but free.
Advance is looking for a full-time National Project Coordinator to work closely with the project team to support the implementation of our ambitious 5-year project to increase access and uptake of priority health services for gay, bi, and queer cis and trans men and 2-spirit people across Canada. This position will be filled by someone who is organized, tech-savvy, attentive to detail, and has the capacity to take initiative and work with autonomy. The position could be based in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal (other cities may be possible).
In an effort to engage community members in BC’s smaller-urban and rural areas, HIM launched the BC Community Advocates program (CommA) in partnership with CBRC and Men’s Health Initiative. This new program recruits GBT2Q community members who are active in their communities to attend CBRC’s Summit in Vancouver, an annual conference on the unique health needs of GBT2Q men.
Government of Canada announces support to help reduce HIV and hepatitis C in gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer men in Canada through News release from the Public Health Agency of Canada - November 29, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario
This summer, the largest biobehavioural study of gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Canadian history took place: The Sex Now Survey. The AdvanceCommunity Alliance was an instrumental source of support, helping to train and organize community volunteers to support recruitment and extending Sex Now’s reach to diverse communities of gbMSM in Canada.
This month, an exciting initiative to improve the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans) and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q) in Canada is formally launched: the AdvanceCommunity Alliance. This initiative is composed of five leading community organizations dedicated to GBT2Q across Canada.
ACT is currently investigating experiences in clinical settings to inform the design of new, low-barrier services geared to increase the uptake of STBBI prevention technologies and wellness strategies.
In Montréal, Advancewas able to hit the ground running. Our specific context made it so that much of our formative research had already been done: we were able to mine the massive MOBILISE! databank, all the while relying on recent RÉZO community surveys and strategic planning to establish preliminary areas of focus.
Express Testing is an innovative process for HIV/STBBI testing that we hope will lead to a substantial increase in the number of GBT2Q men we’re able to serve on a daily basis. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village, Health Initiative for Men’s (HIM) Davie Health Centre is the busiest of our five health centres.
Nova Scotians urgently need increased access to PrEP to reduce HIV incidence among the populations most heavily affected, including gay, bi, queer, and other men who have sex with men. This past summer, the Atlantic Canadian province saw a spike in new HIV cases, with 16 cases reported as of June – double what public health officials would expect at that point in the year.