Community Innovation Program 2005
The GlaxoSmithKline - Shire BioChem Community Innovation Program promotes innovative projects that meet the needs of targeted groups of people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) who face greater difficulty gaining access to services, antiretroviral treatment and the health system. Nine community-based AIDS organizations across Canada shared the $100,000 available in 2005. The Program has granted $1,060,000 to more than one hundred and thirty-four projects over the past ten years.
This year's Program recipients, and the amounts of their grants, are as follows:
AIDS Committee of London. $14,000. To create a culturally and linguistically diverse support and education program for people from African and Caribbean endemic countries newly arrived in London who are at risk or are infected with HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area. $3,000. Launch and execute an outreach education campaign targeting rural PHA's within the agency's catchment area to raise awareness and increase access to agency services.
Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. $13,000. To develop and deliver a series of culturally appropriate treatment education workshops targeting isolated male PHAs from endemic countries living in the Toronto region.
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre. $14,000. In collaboration with the No Fixed Address Outreach Van and Kwanlin Dun First Nation, to provide low threshold access to outreach health care and support services for PHAs in Whitehorse not currently accessing HIV-specific mainstream health care and support services.
C.A.C.T.U.S. Montréal. $14,000. To develop an artistic creation project designed to mobilize HIV+ IDU youth, thereby facilitating their access to the health-care system and HIV education programs.
Centre des R.O.S.É.S. $7,500. In collaboration with the Regional Clinic of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, to enable PHAs to better understand what they experience with their disease through participation in a series of café-evenings focused on health promotion and quality of life topics.
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. $14,000. To build and expand the agency's outreach and access programs for female PHAs living in the B.C. Lower Mainland.
Positive Women's Network. $14,000. Partnering with YouthCo Aids Society and Vancouver clinics, to increase HIV+ women's (aged 15 to 29) access to integrated care, treatment, support and prevention within clinic based settings through the newly create WISE program.
Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN). $6,500. To establish a training and mentorship program for HIV+ youth as part of a peer-driven speakers bureau providing HIV education to youth in custody.