CATIE Forum Webcast Archive


CATIE Forum: New Science & New Directions in HIV & HCV: Final Report

Day One

Opening Plenary: Setting the stage - perspectives on integration

In this session, participants will be introduced to perspectives on the integration of research knowledge into programs, and the integration of services, sectors and systems. Through an exploration of personal perspectives in public health and service provision, we will learn how integration can improve client experience and outcomes.

Integrating community services: Designing programs to respond holistically to the needs of clients

Integrated frontline programs will be presented which highlight the importance of using new research knowledge related to HIV and HCV in developing innovative services. How programs have successfully integrated HIV and HCV and/or the components of the continuum of care will also be discussed.

Integrating health systems: Designing systems to respond holistically to the needs of clients

Three comprehensive regional strategies will be presented, which involve multi-component, integrated approaches to HIV and/or HCV based on new research evidence and systematic health systems integration. The presentations will include a discussion of how research findings informed the strategies, as well as research methods used for evaluation and quality improvement.

Integrating new knowledge: Communicating sexual risk with people with HIV and people at risk

New research on HIV transmission is changing the way we understand and communicate information about HIV risk. Four professionals with experience thinking about, and communicating, new scientific knowledge about HIV transmission will share their process of taking up new information and translating it into tools and services for sexual risk assessment and counselling.

Integrating prevention, testing, and care: Reaching people who do not know their status

Approximately 25% of people living with HIV do not know their status. Engaging and linking this population with HIV testing and other services is a priority in many regions. This session will include presentations in which frontline workers highlight new approaches to engaging people who are at high risk for HIV.

Integration: Improving engagement and linkage to care for people living with HIV or HCV

Aspects of our testing, treatment, care and support practice are often provided independently (in "silos"). The integration of these components requires reflection on how to engage individuals and communities in the services that we provide. This session will explore how some programs have enhanced linkages across various services and improved engagement with people living with HIV or HCV.

Concurrent session 3: Peer Mentoring and Health Navigation

This session will begin by a short series of “Ignite Talks” on peer mentoring, peer navigation and health navigation programs. Following this, participants will engage in a facilitated discussion on engaging people who are living with HIV or hepatitis C in treatment, care and support through these types of programs.

Day Two

Integration of HIV, HCV, and other STBBIs: Evidence and practicality

This session will explore what integration of HIV and HCV in the context of other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections means, and the rationale for fully-integrated services. This session will also discuss the existing evidence on the effectiveness of practices to support delivery of integrated services and relevance to a Canadian context.

Integration of HIV, HCV, STBBIs, and other health factors: Examples from practice

This session will include a series of Ignite Talks focused on sexual health and harm reduction programs that demonstrate various forms of integration, including the integration of HIV, HCV or STBBI services with other health factors. These ignite talks will inform discussion sessions taking place later in the day.

Integrated Harm Reduction Programs

Integrated Sexual Health Programs

Closing Plenary: What should our services look like five years from now?

What might the knowledge shared at the CATIE Forum mean for practice in Canada in the future? This session will offer insight into the perspectives of six passionate HIV and hepatitis C leaders on what the future of HIV and HCV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support practice for people affected by HIV and hepatitis C might look like. They will challenge us to consider what we can learn from each other and what else we can do to address these epidemics.