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From taking care of ourselves to taking care of each other: Engagement of immigrant, refugee, non-status PHAs and those from racialized communities as treatment advocates, caregivers, and service-providers. Maureen Owino Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment &

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From taking care of ourselves to taking care of each other: Engagement of immigrant, refugee, non-status PHAs and those from racialized communities as treatment advocates, caregivers, and service-providers

Maureen Owino

Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment &

Ethno racial Treatment Support Network

Toronto, Canada

July 25, 2012 Washington, D.C

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acknowledgement
Acknowledgement

ETSN Graduates and co-facilitators

Funding Partners(past and present):

ACAP, Public Health Agency of Canada (Ontario Region)

AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care

Ontario Treatment Support Network

Program Sponsorship:

Gold Sponsors:

GSK Shire BioChem,

Tibotec

Silver Sponsors:

Abbott,

Boehringer Ingelheim,

Bristol-Myers Squibb,

Gilead

who we are
Who we are?

CAAT - ETSN: Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network’s peer treatment counselling training program.

ETSN is a two level intensive 8 day skill building program

The program provides capacity building for PHAs in areas of treatment literacy, health promotion skills and peer counselling and support skills.

It is a partnership project amongst ACAS, APAA, BCAP, CAAT, CSSP, ASAAP and CATIE and a community partner (ABRPO)

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how we came together
How we came together?

Need for increased peer based treatment education/support for smaller/marginalized communities that lack support resources;

Interest from community members to improve treatment literacy and peer support skills“

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how etsn peer based training was developed
How ETSN-Peer Based Training was developed
  • Started with a main focus on translating Treatment information in different languages
  • Surveys, focus groups and program evaluations identified immerging learning needs among training participants
  • A pilot project was first conducted in 2003 targeting over 17 diverse PHA & service providers

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components etsn peer based training works
components ETSN-Peer Based Training works
  • continued and progressive structured training on facilitation and presentation skills,
  • pre- and post- practice debriefing sessions
  • group reflective learning involving peer graduates facilitators/presenters
  • A group of core trainers made up of both PHA and non-PHAs.

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learning and helping out curriculum structure
Learning and Helping Out : Curriculum Structure

Helping Ourselves; 4 full days covers:

treatment literacy and

effective communication

service advocacy skills

Level 2: Helping Each Other 4 fulldays covers:

in-depth treatment related issues and

peer counseling and support skills.

what have we done cont d
What have we done? Cont’d...

Model of progressive engagement of peers who are trained through the program

Structured mentorship and resources to support peers to take on progressive leadership roles

Curriculum content grounded in PHA’s lived experiences and responsive to emerging community needs

dimensions of empowerment
Dimensions of Empowerment

Capacity Building &Skills development:

Treatment literacy

Peer Counseling Skills

Facilitation and presentation skills

Advocacy skills

Leadership

dimen sions of empowerment
Dimensions of Empowerment

Increased/sustained community engagement

Volunteering in ASO’s & Other sectors

Collaborative curriculum planning & designing with PHAs and Trainers

Peer trainer/Facilitator

Peer mentor

Service provider

dimensions of empowerment1
Dimensions of Empowerment

Resources Support/Incentives:

Honorarium for participating

Contracts as peer facilitators and educators

Part time and full time employment opportunities

outcomes
Outcomes:

111 Peer Treatment Counselors have graduates from 5 ethno-racial communities

22 became peer educators/facilitators for subsequent series of training

42 got HIV/AIDS/Health sector related jobs

Together volunteering for over 70 organizations

experience sharing
Experience Sharing

Among ETSN-graduates and Graduates &Facilitators

why etsn works
Why ETSN works?:

Culturally appropriate and safe space

Individualized mentorship and support

Group based peer learning

Curriculum responsive to participants’ needs

Integrate community social network building

Promotes and enhances PHA involvement and leadership