Programming Connection

Health Promotion Case Management Program 

AIDS Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

What is the Program?

The Health Promotion Case Management (HCPM) program provides short-term (less than six months), outreach-based case management to individuals at ongoing high risk for HIV infection who could use support to remain HIV negative. The program works with clients to decrease their vulnerability to HIV by providing case management to clients to help them develop the self-efficacy and personal skills that strengthen their resiliency. Case managers support clients to make the changes they want to their behaviour, lifestyle, relationships, and emotional and mental health. Case managers also address structural barriers to wellness that impact people at ongoing high risk for HIV, including support to access social assistance, housing, and healthcare, and referrals to community, immigration and legal services.

The program provides support to at-risk individuals from the following groups:

  1. Indigenous peoples
  2. HIV-negative partners in serodiscordant couples
  3. Women
  4. Newcomers, immigrants and refugees
  5. Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM)

The objective of HPCM is to improve clients’ self-management skills and, through a care plan, to develop a web of service providers that helps clients remain HIV negative in the long term. Through strong community partnerships, HPCM reduces silos and improves integrated healthcare for people at ongoing high risk for HIV infection.

The program, based at AIDS Vancouver, serves Vancouver and surrounding areas. It employs six case managers, three of whom are hosted at AIDS Vancouver. Another case manager is hosted by Settlement Orientation Services, which works with immigrants, refugees and newcomers. Finally, two case managers are hosted at Inner City Women’s Initiatives Society, an expert community  organization working with women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

This case study has been paired with two program elements, also on the health promotion case management program. For more information about the work of case managers with specific populations, see the HPCM program elements on working in the Fraser Health Authority with gay, bi and other MSM, and on working with Indigenous peoples in Vancouver.