Toronto HIV/AIDS Network (THN)
The Toronto HIV/AIDS Network includes AIDS Service Organizations, HIV-related programs, people living with HIV/AIDS, community members, and broader organizations that have an impact upon the lives of people living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS.
A strategic plan for HIV/AIDS Services in Toronto was developed through the Toronto HIV/AIDS Community Planning Initiative (TCPI), a regional consultative process conducted during 2005-2007. The process was initiated and sponsored by the provincial AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) with guidance from the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA). The Plan (March 2007) recognizes that, in order to address diverse HIV/AIDS related needs and service gaps, Toronto requires a broad-based ongoing HIV/AIDS planning and coordination function. The ongoing Toronto HIV/AIDS Network emerged from this planning process.
The Toronto HIV/AIDS Network (THN) facilitates HIV/AIDS planning, collaboration, engagement and innovation to improve access to programs and services for people from diverse communities living with and most affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Greater Involvement of People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS (GIPA principle)
- Driven by documented and expressed needs
- Harm reduction
- Respect and integrity
- A social justice and anti-oppression approach
- Integration of services
Vision: key features of a future HIV/AIDS system
The following were identified as desired features of a future system, set out as goals toward which we will strive:
- Client-directed services
- Needs driven
- Comprehensive and responsive
- Culturally competent and grounded in an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework
- Coordinated and collaborative
- A focus on ongoing system quality improvement
- Efficient and effective
The THN appreciates the support of its funder, the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC); the support of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation which houses THN and is its trustee; and the leadership and in-kind contributions of the participating individuals and organizations.