Prevention in Focus

Spring 2013 

The Programming Connection: Programs and resources

The Programming Connection is an online toolkit that highlights models of frontline programs that provide HIV and hepatitis C prevention, care, treatment and support. It also features a selection of resources to help in program planning, delivery and evaluation. This toolkit aims to inspire community-based service providers to develop new practices appropriate to their circumstances and facilitate knowledge-sharing and networking.

Below is a selection of Programming Connection case studies and resources you might find useful. Visit the Programming Connection to view the full collection.


Sexual Health Information Project (SHIP)
reachOUT, Griffin Centre Mental Health Services

Developed in partnership with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) youth labelled with intellectual disabilities, SHIP is a collaborative resource development project. SHIP is designed to raise awareness about the issues facing LGBTQ youth labelled with intellectual disabilities, reduce stigma and build capacity among participants.

SHIP engages youth in the creation of resources—including workshop modules, posters and a documentary—designed to increase visibility and reduce the isolation often experienced by LGBTQ youth labelled with intellectual disabilities. Learn more!

Totally Outright
Health Initaitive for Men (HIM)

Totally Outright is a leadership program for young gay men who show promise as future community leaders and volunteers. The program is an intensive yet fun and interactive 45-hour course, which includes a series of workshops, a fieldwork assignment, a novel group project and social activities. By training the young gay men who participate, the program not only helps form future leaders but also heightens the self-esteem of participants, reinforcing their resiliency and better equipping them to make healthy decisions about sex, relationships, substance use and life in general.

Totally Outright graduates 20 to 25 young gay men each year. Originally created and evaluated by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) for Gay Men’s Health, it was then further developed by Health Initiative for Men (HIM), a community organization dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men through a sex-positive integrated approach to health.