Programming Connection

STOP Outreach Team 

Vancouver STOP Project
Vancouver, British Columbia

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 STOP 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.

In 2010, the Vancouver STOP Project established the STOP Outreach Team to enhance the system of engagement and linkage in the continuum of HIV care in Vancouver.  The STOP Outreach Team provides four interconnected services exclusively on outreach: clinical education and capacity-building opportunities to community agencies, healthcare practitioners and peers; expanded HIV testing; public health follow-up for those newly diagnosed; and engagement in care of those people who are newly diagnosed or living with HIV, but not currently engaged in care.