The Vancouver STOP Project
Between 2010 and 2013, British Columbia’s Ministry of Health Services funded a comprehensive pilot project in Vancouver and Prince George to expand HIV testing, diagnosis, treatment, and care and support, known as the Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention (STOP) HIV/AIDS Project. As a result of the success of the pilot, the STOP HIV/AIDS Project has become a permanent province-wide program.
In Vancouver, the initiative was led by Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care and was known as the Vancouver STOP Project. A significant part of what STOP did in Vancouver is captured in a series of case studies available in CATIE’s Programming Connection.
In addition to the case studies, CATIE also offers
- Shifting the Paradigm: the History of the Vancouver STOP Project: a report documenting the planning and implementation of the Vancouver STOP Project;
- Executive Summary - Shifting the Paradigm: the History of the Vancouver STOP Project
- videos highlighting key issues and lessons learned;
- a community-led evaluation that examines the provincial impact of the STOP HIV/AIDS Project on ASOs and CBOs.
What is the STOP HIV/AIDS Project?
Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP) was a $48 million, four-year (2010-2013) pilot project funded by the government of British Columbia. This project aimed to increase the quality of life of people living with HIV and reduce the number of new HIV infections by taking a proactive public health approach to finding people living with HIV, linking them to HIV care and treatment programs, and supporting them to stay in care. STOP aimed to improve the experience of people living with HIV or AIDS in every health and social service interaction and significantly improve linkage and engagement across the full continuum of services in HIV prevention, testing and diagnosis, treatment, and care and support.
STOP was rolled out in Vancouver and Prince George. It was made up of numerous interconnected and discrete clinic-based, hospital-based, community-based and policy-focused programs implemented through the collaboration of a significant number of stakeholders. In Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care partnered to form the Vancouver Project. Through this partnership, these two organizations shared governance, funding and reporting for most of the initiatives that took place in Vancouver between 2011 and 2013.