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Partnerships

partnerhips

An important part of increasing the community’s capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS is creating sustainable and effective partnerships with other organizations in order to maximize the benefits of our programming and enhance community impact. The ACW Education & Outreach team looks for opportunities to partner on projects that impact the social determinants of health for Ontario’s priority populations: at-risk women; gay, bisexual & MSM; and ACB communities. Some of these partnerships include:

In order to better address the various social determinants of health (SDoH) that our clientele face, we are committed to collaborating on events with other service providers that are geared towards the vulnerable populations we serve:  gay, bisexual, *trans, and other men who have sex with men (MSM); women, and; African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) community members. Some examples of events can include but are not limited to: health fairs, forums, HIV testing, etc.

Our Education and Outreach team are active members on various committees throughout the community, including (but not limited to):

– Canadian HIV/AIDS Black African and Caribbean Network

– Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee (DVCCC)

– Chatham-Kent Gay Pride Committee

We are always open to joining committees that are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the vulnerable populations we serve (as listed under ‘Event Planning’).

As an organization that is dedicated to adapting to the evolving needs of our clientele, we understand the need for resources that are up to date and speak to the current realities our clientele face. As such, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other service providers in the creation of new community resources.

We firmly believe in the benefits research has on public health and policy. As a result, we do our best to actively participate in research projects as investigators and as applicants. We are always open to opportunities to participate in new research projects surrounding the vulnerable communities we serve (as listed under ‘Event Planning’).

Organizing educational opportunities is at the heart of what our Education and Outreach team members do. We welcome new opportunities to work with other service providers to organize conferences geared towards both service providers, as well as service users. Through education and prevention measures, it is our sincerest desire to improve the health outcomes of our priority populations:  gay, bisexual, *transgender, and other MSM; women, and; ACB community members.

A vital objective of our organization is to increase the community’s understanding about, and emphasize the importance of being knowledgeable of various health related issues impacting public health, such as HIV. Knowing the many different ways in which various social structures can result in health disparities, we are always open to collaborating on awareness campaigns with other service providers, so that we can work together to address the SDoH impacting our clientele, their families and our community.

The Education & Outreach team works in collaboration with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) to provide HIV and other STBBI testing within community organizations and programs, allowing individuals who may be at risk for HIV easier access to testing. Partnerships include, The House of Sophrosyne and The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women. The WECHU utilizes confidential testing which requires a blood draw using a syringe. The blood in sent to a lab and results are provided in two weeks. A nurse administers the test on-site and provides pre- and post-test counselling to ensure the best possible outcome for the tester.

If you’re an organization, housing complex or a retailer experiencing a high number of used needles or equipment at your location and would like to discuss the possibility of setting up a needle syringe program at your location, contact our harm reduction staff to see if you qualify or for best practices regarding how you can address this issue.

If you’re interested in any of the partnership supports listed, fill out the forum below and an AIDS Committee of Windsor representative will contact you within two weeks of your submission.

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