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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
Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment &
Ethno racial Treatment Support Network
July 25, 2012 Washington, D.C
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
GSK Shire BioChem,
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)
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“
Helping Ourselves; 4 full days covers:
treatment literacy and
service advocacy skills
Level 2: Helping Each Other 4 fulldays covers:
in-depth treatment related issues and
peer counseling and support skills.
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
Capacity Building &Skills development:
Peer Counseling Skills
Facilitation and presentation skills
Increased/sustained community engagement
Volunteering in ASO’s & Other sectors
Collaborative curriculum planning & designing with PHAs and Trainers
Honorarium for participating
Contracts as peer facilitators and educators
Part time and full time employment opportunities
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
Among ETSN-graduates and Graduates &Facilitators
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