Ontario Hepatitis C Team: Elevate NWO
- What is the Program?
- Why Was the Program Developed?
- How Does the Program Work?
- Required Resources
What is the program?
Elevate NWO, formerly AIDS Thunder Bay, is a community-based organization that provides hepatitis C, HIV and harm reduction services to communities in northwestern Ontario and hosts one of the 15 hepatitis C teams funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. The team is based in Thunder Bay.
Elevate NWO emphasizes an integrated approach to service delivery, including the delivery of its hepatitis C services, as a way to reduce the effects of poverty, inadequate housing, food insecurity and social isolation on its clients. The hepatitis C team, hosted by Elevate NWO since 2011, consists of:
- two treatment nurses
- one outreach worker
- one case manager
- one community developer
The team has access to the broader resources of the organization, which includes a director of client services, other support staff, intake workers and a dedicated complement of peer workers. The team is supported by an infectious diseases specialist based in Thunder Bay.