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The Atlantic Regional Office administers federally funded health promotion programs, including ACAP, in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

ACAP is currently providing operational funding to seven community-based AIDS organizations in Atlantic Canada and project funding for eight time-limited projects.

How to apply for ACAP funding?

For more information on ACAP funding in the Atlantic Region, contact Jeannine McNeil at jeannine.mcneil@phac-aspc.gc.ca or (902) 426-5334, or write to:

Public Health Agency of Canada
Suite 1525, 15th Floor, Maritime Centre
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Y6

For more information on the Atlantic Regional Office, please visit About PHAC Atlantic.

ACAP Operational Funding in Atlantic Region

AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton

Address:
AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton
P.O. Box 177
Sydney, NS B1P 6H1
Contact: Christine Porter, Executive Director
Telephone: (902) 567-1766
Fax: (902) 539-0290
E-Mail: christineporter@accb.ns.ca
Web Site: http://www.accb.ns.ca (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
The AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton (ACCB) is a community-based, volunteer-driven organization that offers programs and services throughout Cape Breton Island. The organization aims to reduce the spread of HIV and to create supportive environments for people living with and/or affected by it. Operational funding from ACAP supports four programs: health promotion, prevention, creating supportive environments and strengthening community-based organizations.

Expected Results:
Improved prevention programming for young people, women and people who inject drugs; increased access of people in rural communities to health and social services for HIV/AIDS; and more widespread availability of HIV/AIDS services provided by physicians and public health nurses.

AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia

Address:
AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
1675 Bedford Row
Halifax, NS B3J 1T1
Contact: Maria MacIntosh
Telephone: (902) 425-4882
Fax: (902) 422-6200
E-Mail: ed@acns.ns.ca
Web Site: www.acns.ns.ca (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (ACNS) is a community-based, province-wide organization whose mandate is to support and promote the well-being of people who are living with and/or are affected by HIV/AIDS and to reduce the spread of HIV in Nova Scotia. ACNS offers programs and services throughout the province in partnership with the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton and the Northern AIDS Connection Society. Operational funding from ACAP supports three initiatives: prevention education, creating supportive environments and strengthening community-based organizations.

Expected Results:
Enhanced partnerships with agencies that serve vulnerable populations; improved prevention programs for gay men, women and rural populations; and increased access to health and social services for both people with HIV/AIDS and the gay/lesbian/bisexual community.

AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador

Address:
AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador
47 Janeway Place
St. John's, NL A1A 1R7
Contact: Michelle Boucher, Executive Director
Telephone: (709) 579-8656
Fax: (709) 579-0559
E-Mail: michelle@acnl.net
Web Site: www.acnl.net (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL) is a community-based, consumer- focussed organization that serves all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization's mandate is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those who live with and/or are affected by it. Operational funding from ACAP supports three programs: organizational development, prevention education and outreach, and health promotion for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Expected Results:
Improved access to health services for people living with HIV/AIDS; enhanced partnerships with agencies that serve vulnerable populations; and improved prevention education for young people, gay men, people who inject drugs and Aboriginal people who live off-reserve.

AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick

Address: AIDS New Brunswick
65 Brunswick Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 1G5
Contact: Joanna Lang
Telephone: (506) 459-7518
Fax: (506) 459-5782
E-Mail: sidaids@nbnet.nb.ca
Web Site: www.aidsnb.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick (ANB) is a provincial organization committed to facilitating community-based responses to the issues of HIV/AIDS. The organization serves all seven health regions in the province and works collaboratively with SIDA/AIDS Moncton and AIDS Saint John through the New Brunswick Partnership. Operational funding from ACAP supports four programs: education and promotion; organizational development; targeted education and advocacy; and support, education and health promotion for people living with HIV/AIDS, their caregivers and their families.

Expected Results:
Improved access of people living with HIV/AIDS to supportive services; increased involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS in the organization; and improved prevention programs for young people, women, gay men, people who inject drugs, urban Aboriginal people and the Francophone community.

AIDS PEI

Address: AIDS PEI
144 Prince Street
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4R6
Contact: Troy Perrot, Client Liaison & Education Coordinator
Telephone: (902) 566-2437
Fax: (902) 626-3400
E-Mail: aidspei@eastlink.ca
Web Site: www.aidspei.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
AIDS PEI is a community-based organization that serves all of Prince Edward Island. By working with others to develop and implement programs for prevention, education, support and advocacy, AIDS PEI encourages a supportive environment for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Operational funding from ACAP supports five programs: public awareness, harm reduction, organizational development, prevention and education, and the creation of supportive environments.

Expected Results:
Increased access to HIV/AIDS health services; increased awareness of risk-reduction strategies; and improved programming for women, young people, inmates of provincial institutions and the gay, lesbian and bisexual community.

AIDS Saint John

Address: AIDS Saint John, Inc.
115 Hazen Street
Saint John, NB E2L 3L3
Contact: Julie Dingwell
Telephone: (506) 652-2437
Fax: (506) 652-2438
E-Mail: aidssj@nb.aibn.com
Web Site: http://www.aidssaintjohn.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
AIDS Saint John (ASJ) is a community-based organization that serves New Brunswick's Health Region 2. The organization works in partnership with others to confront HIV/AIDS issues through education, prevention, support and advocacy. Operational funding from ACAP supports four programs: harm reduction, prevention education, fund development and programs for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Expected Results:
Improved prevention programming for young people; increased coordination among harm reduction services; increased access to harm reduction programs for people who inject drugs; increased capacity of the organization to participate in policy development; and the implementation of a comprehensive sexuality education program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

SIDA/AIDS Moncton

Address: SIDA-AIDS Moncton
80 Weldon Street
Moncton, NB E1C 5V8
Contact: Deborah Warren
Telephone: (506) 859-9616
Fax: (506) 855-4726
E-Mail: sidaidsm@nbnet.nb.ca
Web Site: www.sida-aidsmoncton.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
SIDA/AIDS Moncton (SAM) is a community-based organization that serves people in three counties of southeastern New Brunswick (Health Region 1). The organization aims to improve the quality of life for people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and strives to reduce the spread of HIV by promoting healthy choices through education, support and public awareness. Operational funding from ACAP supports two programs: "Sustainability: The Final Frontier" and "Rising to the Changing Challenges."

Expected Results:
Development of a sustainable partnership model for HIV/AIDS service delivery; increased capacity of partners to provide targeted prevention programs; increased capacity of SAM to provide programming in both official languages; and increased knowledge and skills about prevention and risk-reduction among target populations.

ACAP Project Funding in Atlantic Region

GUYZ (Gay Urban Youth Zone)

Address: AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador
47 Janeway Place
St. John's, NL A1A 1R7
Contact: Chris Shortall
Telephone: (709) 579-8656
Fax: (709) 579-0559
E-Mail: chris@acnl.net
Web Site: www.acnl.net (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
Gay Urban Youth Zone (GUYZ) is a 26-month project of the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador. The project will address the issue of HIV and hepatitis C prevention among gay men aged 19 to 29 in St. John's. The project aims to increase knowledge about prevention among young gay men and to increase understanding among AIDS-related organizations of HIV and hepatitis C issues affecting these men. To meet these objectives, the Committee will reach out to gay youth, assess their needs, and examine research literature related to best practices. Results will be used to develop a prevention education campaign and a series of videos. A one-day workshop will be organized to share information with people and organizations concerned with HIV and hepatitis C prevention.

Leading the Response: Building Prevention Capacity

Address: Healing Our Nations Atlantic First Nations AIDS Network
15 Alderney Drive, Suite 3
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N2
Contact: Monique Fong
Telephone: (902) 492-4255
Fax: (902) 492-0500
E-Mail: director@accesswave.ca
Web Site: www.healthyhousing.ca/2010/04/healing-our-nations-atlantic-first-nations-aids-network (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
Leading the Response: Building Prevention Capacity is a 24-month project of Healing Our Nations, an Atlantic-wide First Nations AIDS organization. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the evaluation and leadership abilities of Healing Our Nations and to increase the capacity of the Atlantic Aboriginal community to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The group will review current prevention and capacity-building programs and identify best practices. Based on these findings, they will develop new programs, education material and evaluation tools. These will be presented in draft form to project partners, the Aboriginal community and others through focus groups and an educational gathering. Programs and draft materials will then be revised to incorporate the suggestions received from the Aboriginal communities. The final project report will include best practices and recommendations for improving current programs, developing new prevention programs and creating culturally relevant education material.

Reducing the Risks: Crystal Meth Use Among Youth

Address: Mainline Needle Exchange
2158 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B4
Contact: Diane Bailey
Telephone: (902) 423-9991
Fax: (902) 423-1619
E-Mail: Not available
Web Site: Not available

Description:
Reducing the Risks: Crystal Meth Use Among Youth is a 12-month project of Mainline Needle Exchange. The purpose of the project is to increase understanding about the ways that use of crystal meth and other drugs puts young people at risk for HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections. The project team will review existing research and conduct focus groups and interviews with young people living in the Halifax area. The final report will describe the extent of crystal meth and other amphetamine/drug use in Halifax and the factors that put youth at risk for transmission of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections. The results of the study will be presented to young people in schools and other community settings.

Resources, Education, and Access to Counseling and Harm Reduction (REACH)

Address: Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Society
c/o Direction 180
2158 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B4
Contact: Cindy MacIsaac
Telephone: (902) 420-0566
Fax: (902) 420-1549
E-Mail: Cynthmacisaac@aol.com
Web Site: Not available

Description:
Resources, Education and Access to Counseling and Harm Reduction (REACH) is a 14-month project of the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Society's Direction 180 program. Direction 180 is a community-based methadone maintenance program in downtown Halifax. The purpose of the project is to increase access to health promotion and prevention activities for youth in rural communities, specifically relating to reducing the risks of infection associated with drug use. Direction 180 will work with the Mud Creek Medical Co-op in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to build collaborative partnerships with health promotion and prevention initiatives in Kings, Annapolis and Queens Counties. Project activities include youth consultations, the creation of a methadone treatment network, peer counselling and other health promotion and harm reduction activities for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne pathogens.

Completed Projects

Time-Limited Projects

2006

Let's Talk: A Sexual Health Information Primer for Parents

Address: Planned Parenthood Fredericton
390 King Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 20181
Fredericton, NB E3B 7A2
Contact: Kim Howland
Telephone: (506) 453-3539
Fax: (506) 450-4899
E-Mail: ppf@nbnet.nb.ca
Web Site: http://www.fredericton.ppfc.ca

Description:
Let's Talk: A Sexual Health Information Primer for Parents is a 26-month project of Planned Parenthood Fredericton. The project has objectives aimed at both parents and organizations in the Greater Fredericton area. As a result of the project, Planned Parenthood Fredericton and its partners will be better able to influence policies and programs that improve the sexual health of New Brunswick youth. Parents will feel more comfortable about discussing sexuality with their children and will be more aware of current sexual health issues and the policies that impact them. The project will be guided by an advisory committee made up of youth, parents and educators. Project activities include education sessions for parents and meetings with home and school associations, government representatives and other stakeholders to discuss policies that impact youth sexuality. The group will develop education modules and information packages for parents, which will be shared with government and community stakeholders and all Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.

AIDS PEI: Building Towards Public Policy Development

Address: AIDS PEI
10 St. Peters Road
Charlottetown, PE C1A 5N3
Contact: Kristen Roe
Telephone: (902) 566-2437
Fax: (902) 626-3400
E-Mail: info@aidspei.com
Web Site: www.aidspei.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
AIDS PEI: Building Towards Public Policy Development was a 24-month project whose purpose was to strengthen partnerships among HIV/AIDS stakeholders and to increase their capacity to influence public policy concerning HIV/AIDS. With support from an external consultant, AIDS PEI reviewed the work of a former intersectoral group that began to develop an HIV/AIDS strategy for the Island several years ago. A workshop was held to discuss the consultant's recommendations for a new working group and to develop a policy framework for HIV/AIDS. The new partnership identified relevant public policy issues and developed a provincial strategy for influencing these policies. The policy framework and provincial strategy will be shared with other community-based organizations.

Ask, Listen & Plan - Phase II

Address: SIDA/AIDS Moncton Inc.
165A Gordon Street
Moncton, NB E1C 1N1
Contact: Deborah Warren
Telephone: (506) 859-9616
Fax: (506) 855-4726
E-Mail: sidaidsm@nbnet.nb.ca
Web Site: www.sida-aidsmoncton.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
Ask, Listen & Plan - Phase II was a 24-month project of SIDA/AIDS Moncton Inc. The project had objectives aimed at youth, parents and the broader community relating to the development of healthy sexuality. The project aimed to strengthen the capacity of at-risk youth to provide support to their peers and to increase the knowledge and comfort level of parents to discuss healthy sexuality with their children. The project also intended to increase community acceptance of healthy sexuality. To achieve these objectives, SIDA/AIDS Moncton designed and offered a workshop for youth and a sexual health education program for parents. They also launched a public awareness campaign and held a series of community events. An advisory committee of youth, parents and other stakeholders guided the project, and youth were involved in developing the project's education material. A community forum was held to share results of the project with other stakeholders and to plan future work on the issue.

Overcoming Resistance - From Awareness to Engagement

Address: Antigonish Women's Resource Centre
204 Kirk Place
219 Main Street
Antigonish, NS B2G 2C1
Contact: Pamela Fry
Telephone: (902) 863-5212
Fax: Not Available
E-Mail: pamela.fry@ns.sympatico.ca
Web Site: Not Available

Description:
Overcoming Resistance - From Awareness to Engagement was a 24-month project of the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre. The aim of the project was to increase awareness about healthy sexuality, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS in the mostly rural Antigonish area. The project engaged community leaders and decision makers in identifying and addressing information needs on these issues and in increasing the availability of gender-relevant and culturally relevant information. The group conducted a literature review and needs assessment to identify best practices and appropriate materials for use with women from diverse backgrounds. Public awareness about healthy sexuality, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS were increased through training sessions, workshops and presentations at community fairs.

Planning for the Future - Harm Reduction Education for Parents & Youth

Address: AIDS Saint John, Inc.
115 Hazen Street
Saint John, NB E2L 3L3
Contact: Julie Dingwell
Telephone: (506) 652-2437
Fax: (506) 652-2438
E-Mail: aidssj@nb.aibn.com
Web Site: http://www.aidssaintjohn.com (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
Planning for the Future - Harm Reduction Education for Parents & Youth was a 24-month project of AIDS Saint John, Inc. The project had objectives aimed at both parents and community-based organizations in the Saint John area. As a result of the project, both parents and staff have a greater understanding of the harm reduction needs of local youth. Parents have a greater understanding of harm reduction principles, and community-based organizations are better able to support parents in applying these principles. Project activities included focus groups with youth, a review of the literature to determine best practices, and a harm reduction information program for parents. A needs assessment report, a best practices report and education program materials were produced and shared with local stakeholders and other community-based organizations in Atlantic Canada.

"Positive Connections"

Address: AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
1657 Barrington Street, Suite 326
The Roy Building
Halifax, NS B3J 2A1
Contact: Robert Allan
Telephone: (902) 425-4882
Fax: (902) 422-6200
E-Mail: ed@acns.ns.ca
Web Site: www.acns.ns.ca (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
"Positive Connections" was a 24-month project of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. The purpose of the project was to reduce the isolation of people living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas of the province and to increase the Coalition's capacity to support this hard-to-reach population. Project activities included the development of a restricted Web site for support groups and the training of approximately eight teleconference support group leaders. The Coalition developed a manual for facilitators and a handbook for users of this virtual support system. The facilitators' manual, participants' handbook and audio portions of the support program are available more broadly through the Coalition's Web site.

Reaching Injection Drug Users (IDUs) in St. John's, Nfld.

Address: AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador
50 Harbour Driver, Suite 100
St. John's, NL A1C 6J4
Contact: Bill Downer
Telephone: (709) 579-8656
Fax: (709) 579-0559
E-Mail: bill@acnl.net
Web Site: www.acnl.net (This link opens in a new browser window) 

Description:
Reaching Injection Drug Users (IDUs) in St. John's, Nfld. was a 24-month project of the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador. The objectives of the project were to increase understanding of injection drug use issues in St. John's and to improve the ability of the AIDS Committee and other stakeholders to address these issues in a coordinated manner. To meet the objectives, the project assessed the needs of local injection drug users and examined the literature related to best practices. A workshop was held to discuss their findings with stakeholders and the general public and to develop an action plan to enhance harm reduction. The reports and action plan were also presented to the regional health authority.