Programming Connection

Ahtahkakoop Know Your Status Hepatitis C Program 

Ahtahkakoop Health Centre

2020

What is the Program?

The Ahtahkakoop Know Your Status hepatitis C program is a person-centred approach to hepatitis C screening, treatment and care in Ahtahkakoop First Nation, a rural First Nation community in Saskatchewan. The program, which caters to the needs of this Indigenous community, is based out of Ahtahkakoop Health Centre and provides access to holistic, culturally appropriate care and services led by community members.

This program uses the Know Your Status model, an approach that is focused on enhancing community readiness to address hepatitis C infections by increasing awareness of and support for education, prevention, testing and treatment programs. Know Your Status started as an HIV program model but has since been adapted for hepatitis C.  

The program brings hepatitis C services to this rural community that were previously available only in the city from Western service providers. Program planning and community engagement is a key aspect of the program. A central activity is public screening events for hepatitis C, which is one of the primary ways to link people to care. Other program components include outreach, education and community-based hepatitis C treatment with access to cultural and social support.

Connecting with Care is a short film that shares stories and voices from Ahtahkakoop First Nation describing the impact of the Know Your Status hepatitis C program in their community.