Programming Connection

TAHAH: Towards Aboriginal Health and Healing Program 

Vancouver STOP Project
Vancouver, British Columbia
2013

What is the STOP HIV AIDS Project?

Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP) is a $48 million, four-year pilot project funded by the government of British Columbia. This project aims to increase the quality of life of people living with HIV and to 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 aims 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 HIV prevention, testing & diagnosis, treatment, 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 Project. Through this partnership, these two organizations shared governance, funding and reporting for many of the initiatives that took place in Vancouver between 2011 and 2013.

In 2011, the TAHAH project received Vancouver STOP Project funds to support the program, which up to that time had existed only as a research project. These resources allowed TAHAH to continue beyond the timeline of the research project by providing ongoing funding for the research project’s case manager, peer health advocate and elder positions. Nursing positions had been a part of the TAHAH research project in earlier years, but more recently the project had not been able to fund this role. The STOP funds enabled TAHAH to strengthen its ability to serve its clients by hiring two Vancouver Coastal Health nurses to work at TAHAH part time. These part-time nursing positions have had an added benefit: with Vancouver Coastal Health nurses now embedded in TAHAH, Vancouver Coastal Health has been able to develop a unique relationship with the program.