2015-2016: A year in Review
A huge thanks to the members, volunteers and staff who came out to our Annual General meeting on June 22nd. At the AGM we were able share successes in our Strategic Planning outcomes thus far, focusing on 3 of our 5 strategic priorities. We also discuss priorities for the coming year.
- In partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, Nine Circles has piloted an anti-stigma training for service providers, which will be integrated in our service provider testing capacity building training going forward.
- Working with Manitobans Living with HIV, the University of Manitoba, Prairie Mountain and Northern Regional Health Authorities as well as a growing list of community, regional and national partners, we have applied for a Catalyst Grant to utilize the HIV Stigma Index to measure stigma over time and to help develop regional interventions that will Stop HIV Stigma in Manitoba.
- In 2016, Nine Circles has reviewed and re-launched our Health Promotion team, integrating health promotion and health education services. One area our team has been heavily utilized in is providing education and support to agencies who are supporting our Provinces aging population. As folks with HIV living longer and healthier lives, these agencies are challenged to create a safe space for PHAs in senior focused housing, health and support services.
- Nine Circles secured resources to bring a core group of Winnipeg-based providers of HIV/HCV/STI prevention education providers for an HIV/STBBI Prevention Collaborative & Coordination Project. The project explored concepts of Collective Impact and opportunities for more strategically integrated programming with improved program communication and coordination.
- Last year, Nine Circles held a series of successful events to raise funds for Nine Circles, and to communicate key messages about HIV to the community.The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in September had record attendance, welcoming over 425 people to Central Park and raising over $20,000 for people living with HIV in Manitoba. For World AIDS Day in December, Nine Circles held the inaugural mixer Crimson & Cocktails. We also successfully engaged community organizations around the province in spreading the word about HIV to their clients and communities through displays or promotional activities.
- Nine Circles and the Manitoba HIV Program have received support and a mandate from Manitoba Health to move forward in our goals to establish a truly Provincial HIV Program.