About THN

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Guiding Values

  • Greater Involvement of People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS (GIPA principle)
  • Driven by documented and expressed needs
  • Inclusion
  • Harm reduction
  • Respect and integrity
  • A social justice and anti-oppression approach
  • Integration of services
  • Accountability

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
  • Accessible
  • 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.

Partnerships

African & Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)

ACCHO is made up of organizations and individuals committed to HIV prevention, education, advocacy, research, treatment, care and support for African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario.

Visit the African & Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario website.

AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO)

ABRPO collaborates with organizations to build worker, agency and community resiliency in the face of AIDS-related multiple loss and transition.

Visit the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario website.

CATIE

CATIE provides free HIV information services and support to people living with HIV and their caregivers, to health care providers, to AIDS service organizations and to related front-line organizations.

Visit the CATIE website.

Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)

Improving Access, Building Community Capacity and Promoting PHA Leadership, CAAT is a coalition of more than 30 Ontario based organizations from the legal, health, settlement and HIV/AIDS sectors. It was formed in 1999 to improve treatment and service access for marginalized people with HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, CAAT has been at the forefront of education, research, service coordination and advocacy on issues related to HIV, immigration and access.

The Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network (ETSN) provides 2-level peer treatment and counselling training for culturally diverse communities. ETSN has been integrated as a core program of CAAT.

Visit the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment website.

HIV Resources Ontario 

The HIV Resources Ontario group was established in 2013. HIV Resources Ontario is a collaborative of resource programs and organizations mandated by the AIDS Bureau to build the capacity of the HIV sector in Ontario by delivering trainings, workshops, materials, and organizational development supports.

This website has been created as an online navigation tool to make materials and resources created by HIV Resources Ontario available to ASOs across Ontario.

Visit the HIV Resources Ontario website

 

Mental Health Network

Purpose

  • Network in order to build personal connections with other front line workers, to increase knowledge of what is available for people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) in the community and to facilitate referrals
  • Identify gaps in services and avoid duplication
  • Keep members connected with activism and the community roots of services to PHAs
  • Facilitate problem solving
  • Develop strategies to reduce barriers for PHAs accessing services
  • Encourage partnerships among service providers
  • Opportunities to identify what works and does not work in delivering services; identify best practices
  • Share expertise, peer support, mentoring and learning with other front line workers
  • Ensure that our work is inclusive and consistent with anti-oppression principles

The Mental Health Network meets four times a year rotating amongst the member organizations. To be placed on the e-mail distribution list, please e-mail Scott Bowler at the Mount Sinai Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns

Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)

OAN is a network of community-based organizations which were formed as a grass-roots response to needs for AIDS services and information.

Visit the Ontario AIDS Network website.

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network is a collaborative network of researchers, health service providers, policy makers, community members and people with HIV who work together to promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, education in Ontario.

Visit the Ontario HIV Treatment Network website.