Programming Connection

Remote Outreach Project 

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
Yukon
2010

Challenges

  • There is a strong resistance to acknowledging the risk and/or existence of HIV and hepatitis C within remote communities.
  • Remote communities can be challenging to get to, both logistically and financially.
  • It can take a long time for a non-Aboriginal outsider to build trust with locals.
  • High turnover rates (as well as conflicting personal and professional responsibilities) among Community Health Representatives can make it difficult to maintain a consistent long-term relationship with the communities they serve.
  • Short-term project funding can make it challenging to build the capacity of a community to lead HIV and hepatitis C education and support initiatives in their own community, requiring the adaptation of a broader interpretation of “capacity building.”