HIV/AIDS Community Innovation Program 2009
The ViiV Healthcare – Shire Canada HIV/AIDS Community Innovation Program promotes innovative projects that use multi-dimensional approaches to optimize the health and well-being of people living long-term with HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy. The Program has granted $1,460,000 to more than one hundred and sixty-eight projects over the past fourteen years. Eight community-based AIDS organizations across Canada shared the $100,000 available in 2009.
This year’s Program recipients, and the amounts of their grants, are as follows:
AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton – Health in Housing. $5,000. Create a support program liaising with partner agencies to address the state of chronic homelessness among people living with HIV/AIDS (PHA) clients.
AIDS Committee of Toronto – Positive Youth Outreach – Satellite Youth Education Session. $15,000. With Positive Youth Outreach, host a youth education Satellite session at the Sixth Canadian HIV/AIDS Skills Building Symposium to be held 4-7 March 2010 in Montréal.
AIDS Community Care Montréal – Living Well with HIV. $15,000. In collaboration with primary health care providers, create, implement and evaluate a series of five monthly modules as part of a healthy living program for PHAs.
AIDS Vancouver – The Complete Wellness Fair. $15,000. Implement five information fairs for PHAs, focused on different themes of how wellness is affected by long-term use of antiretroviral therapy.
Fife House Foundation – HIV and Nutrition – Community Meal Program. $15,000. In collaboration with partner agencies, implement HIV and nutrition workshops/ cooking classes developing healthy menus to increase the well being of clients living long-term with HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy.
Nine Circles Community Health Centre – Living Well with HIV. $10,000. In collaboration with the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR), assist PHAs to manage the episodic nature of their disease by developing strategies to help with physical challenges, changes in thinking/ mental health, returning to work, and addressing housing and energy concerns.
Positive Women’s Network Society – ‘Treatment Beyond Ten’ Workshop Series. $15,000. Provide health promotion and peer support for HIV+ women over 40 years of age.
SHARP Foundation – Independence House Active Living Program. $10,000. Assess, develop and implement an active living program for residents of Independence House, an apartment facility focused on older PHAs living in poverty and at risk of homelessness.