Gary Kinsman will be keynote speaker at a one-day dialogue addressing the political context within which our collective community-based work on HIV & Hep C takes place.


Conversations will focus on:

•The history of AIDS organizing & the development of AIDS Service Organizations
•Funding, service integration & financial austerity
•Increasing Public Health surveillance, monitoring & evaluation
•Impacts on people who use services & the consequences of ‘client-ization’

Keynote speakers:

Gary Kinsman, Co-research on the AIDS Activist History Project

Anne Marie DiCenso, Executive Director of PASAN

As we are now more than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, new questions, consequences and outcomes have been developing in relation to the changing nature of AIDS Service Organizations. With the move towards service integration, streamlined funding, and the so-called ‘end of HIV exceptionalism’ there is a renewed interest in the HIV social service sector as a whole and how it is shaped and organized in relation to state priorities and increased public health surveillance.

With these new developments, our event proposes to take stock of the role of HIV and Hep C service organizations and ask a number of questions, including:

•What are the limits of current community-based practice based on engagement with the state?

•Are today’s ASOs adequately resourced and designed to undertake their intended role? Is this role sufficient to address the ongoing and emerging HIV issues that marginalized communities face?

•Due to state constraints, what are the consequences on advocacy possibilities for ASOs, or ASO involvement in social and policy change?

•What are the consequences of new technologies for monitoring and evaluation methods to understand the limitations and potential of community-based HIV and Hep C work?

Speakers include:

Zoë Dodd, Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance

Laurie Edmiston, Executive Director, CATIE

Martin French, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University

Nicole Greenspan, Doctoral candidate, Health Services Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

John Maxwell, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Alex McClelland, Humanities Doctoral student, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture, Concordia University

Marvelous Muchenje, Community Health Coordinator, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Community Health Centre

Michael Orsini, Chair, Institute of Feminist & Gender Studies, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Maureen Owino, Director, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)

Terra Tynes, Hep C Community Support Worker, Toronto Community Hep C Program

Session rapporteurs:
Nora Butler Burke, Concordia University
Colin Hastings, York University
Liam Michaud, Concordia University

Food is provided for all participants. The event space is accessible via ramp and elevator.

This event is FREE!

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Supported by:

The CIHR Social Research Centre

Concordia University