Crafting the BC Viral Hepatitis Elimination Roadmap
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
7M ago
I joined the BC Hepatitis Network in late-September, specifically to support the community consultations for the BC Viral Hepatitis Elimination Roadmap and I hope you will join too.  The goal of this roadmap is to develop (and implement) recommendations toward a BC free from viral hepatitis. I had never worked with communities impacted by viral hepatitis, at least not explicitly. But I do come into this work with experience leading community consultations, and using those spaces as a tool for community building and healing, and self-determined advocacy. One principle I have with any consu ..read more
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The Vancouver Hep C Graffiti Project – Featuring Smokey Devil
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
7M ago
Smokey D is a Downtown Eastside (DTES) Vancouver graffiti artist, using visual storytelling to share important messages with and on behalf of his community. Smokey’s second street art piece on hepatitis C, done in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), BC Hepatitis Network, and AbbVie, captures experiences of people with lived and living experience to share about hep C and that current treatment is a cure. The full mural was revealed at an event on Friday, November 17th at 312 Main, which included group art, hepatitis C testing, and other healthcare services alongside ..read more
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An Invitation to Join the BCHep Board
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
9M ago
We hope you will take the time to consider this invitation to join the board, and share this letter with those you know who might be interested! This letter is also available as a PDF. BC Hepatitis Network – Board Opportunity  BC Hepatitis Network seeks inspired and inspiring people to join the BC Hepatitis Network’s board of directors. September 2023  Hello and thanks for taking time to read BC Hepatitis Network’s Board opportunity!  Right now, BC Hepatitis Network has an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the elimination of viral hepatitis in British Columbia by 2030 ..read more
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Building a Brighter Future: Community Engaged Learning for UBC Pharmacy Students
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
11M ago
Contributed by: Alex Tang, Lecturer, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences As our health care system adapts to the changing needs of our diverse population, the role of pharmacists has expanded beyond the traditional practice of dispensing medications. Today, pharmacists are committed to providing patient care and advocating for the health of their communities. In the undergraduate PharmD curriculum at the University of British Columbia (UBC), pharmacy students have the opportunity to take part in community engaged learning (CEL) as a valuable educational component in their training. This han ..read more
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Hep Free BC: A Roadmap for Viral Hepatitis Elimination in BC 
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
11M ago
This World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2023, we are pleased to announce the launch of HepFreeBC.ca, the new home base for the BC Viral Hepatitis Elimination Roadmap (known as “the Roadmap”). The Roadmap aims to reorient the approach to viral hepatitis in BC, towards a future where viral hepatitis is no longer a public health threat.  The Roadmap project team is a coalition of individuals and organizations with diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge. We come together to first better understand the current state-of-play with regard to viral hepatitis in BC, and then to develop recomme ..read more
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New Board Opportunity: Member-at-Large
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
1y ago
The BC Hepatitis Network’s Board of Directors is seeking a volunteer Member-at-Large for a two-year term. Everyone is encouraged to apply. At equivalent qualification levels, people with lived experience and members of priority populations will be prioritized. Applicants who can benefit from accommodation(s) or adjustment(s) at any stage of the selection or onboarding process, are strongly encouraged to reach out and outline any accommodation or adjustment request(s). The full posting is available here, including roles and responsibilities, and details about priority population groups. To appl ..read more
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Decampments and implications for viral hepatitis
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
1y ago
On Wednesday, April 5, Vancouver Police and City of Vancouver staff began their most recent decampment of people and their housing structures from the Downtown Eastside. Bystanders estimated at least 100 police officers made their way to East Hastings Street and blocked off a large area, preventing people from entering past a certain perimeter. People living on the streets had to remove all their belongings. In these scenarios what belongings remain, unattended or otherwise, are trucked away to the landfill. If folks do not move along, they risk being ticketed or arrested.  There are now ..read more
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World Social Work Day: Connections with Viral Hepatitis
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kate Fish
1y ago
“Ugh… always lube everywhere,” I mutter under my breath as I lower and lift my sticky hands off my cars steering wheel. I’ve just finished the current cohort’s education session on HIV and hepatitis C at the local treatment center, and part of the education includes safer sex. Internal condoms (one of my favourite things to teach about) are well lubricated so the lube sticks around for a while if you’re not able to wash your hands right away… Just part of the job!  This would have happened sometime between 2013 and 2015 in the Rutland neighbourhood of Kelowna. I graduated with my Bachelo ..read more
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Deb Schmitz
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
1y ago
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August 26, 2022: Mission Hep C Screening Event with In-Phase Care Clinic
BC Hepatitis Network
by Kerri MacKay
1y ago
Hepatitis C is curable–if you know you have it! Hey Mission! Stop by In-Phase Care Clinic at 7381 Hurd Street (map link) on August 26, 2022 between 1 and 4 pm to learn about hepatitis C, get a screening test–it takes less than 20 minutes and uses only a few drops of blood from a fingertip poke! We’ll also have food and drinks, peer support, and gift cards to pick up! Hep C can be scary or confusing, but knowing if we have it and having support from peers who have been there can help! We can now cure hep C with 8-12 weeks of pills–peers can help us through testing and trea ..read more
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