Events

World Hepatitis Day in Canada 2014 Events

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is the primary organizing body for the World Hepatitis Day initiative in Canada. Each year, CSIH provides leadership through a National Committee to coordinate events across the country. For 2014, CSIH received a total of 50 proposals for 69 events across the country. These events ranged from promotional barbecues, testing and vaccinations, guest speaker panels to youth activities and poster displays. Listed below are dates, times, and locations for events from various organizations, and some organizations may even have multiple events. Events are categorized by provinces and territories.

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National Events 

Yukon
British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Quebec
Ontario
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland

 

YUKON

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre

When? July 28th 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Where? In Salvation Army Parking Lot 4169 4th Avenue Whitehorse, YT

Contact: Elyse Kornhauser, 867 – 633 – 2437 ext. 27

Website: www.bloodties.ca

On Monday, July 28th, Blood Ties Four Directions Centre plans to host Beat Hepatitis!, a carnival event in downtown Whitehorse where participants can literally knock down hepatitis in many of our games and activities!  Music and snacks will be available for all.  Check out the hepatitis information displays to learn about the disease, and then earn prize tickets by winning a game and answering a question about hepatitis correctly.  We’ve got lots of exciting games and activities from bean bag toss and a relay event to face paint.  There will be lots of prizes!

Thanks to support from AbbVie, we will also be producing shirts and zip drive wristbands for youth that sport original artwork designed by a Yukon Aboriginal artist to raise awareness and provide information on Hepatitis C to those living in Whitehorse and rural Yukon.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

AIDS Vancouver Island – Campbell River

When? July 24, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Where? Campbell River Sportsplex Campbell River, BC

AND

When? July 28th 2014, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Where? Public Library
Contact: Jeanette Reinhardt jeanette.reinhardt@avi.org
Website: www.avi.org

AIDS Vancouver Island will be joining other organizations in Campbell River, across the country and around the world to raise awareness about Hepatitis B & C. On July 24th AIDS Vancouver Island’s Campbell River office will host a health fair at Campbell River’s Sportsplex, 1800 south Alder St, from 3 pm – 7pm. There will be free food, games, giveaways and lots of information on liver health, nutrition, testing and treatment. Testing and vaccinations will also be available.

 

On July 28th, we will be hosting a screening of the film “Deal With It: Untold Stories of Hepatitis C in Canada”.  There will be a Q & A with treatment experience people afterwards.

 

Joining AIDS Vancouver Island, will be Campbell River Public Health, North Island Positive Wellness, and KDC Health.

AIDS Vancouver Island – Courtenay

When? Friday July 25th, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Where? Lewis Park Recreation Centre, 489 Old Island Hwy Courtenay, BC

AND

When? Monday, July 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where? Public Library at 6th & Duncan

Contact: Jeanette Reinhardt jeanette.reinhardt@avi.org

Website: www.avi.org

 

AIDS Vancouver Island will be joining other organizations in Courtenay, across the country and around the world to raise awareness about Hepatitis B & C. On July 25th AIDS Vancouver Island’s Courtenay office will host a health fair at Lewis Park Recreation Centre from 12 noon – 3 pm. There will be free food, games, giveaways and lots of information on liver health, nutrition, testing and treatment. Testing and vaccinations will also be available.

 

On July 28th, at the Public Library at 6 pm, there will be a screening of the film “Deal With It: Untold Stories of Hepatitis C in Canada”. The film will be followed up with a Q & A with treatment experienced people.

 

Joining AIDS Vancouver Island, will be Comox Valley Public Health, Comox Valley Nursing Centre, KDC Health, and the Immigrant Welcome Centre.

AIDS Vancouver Island – Victoria 

When? Monday, July 28, 2014, 3:00 pm
Where?  Spirit (Centennial) Square (meet and walk together to Legislature Buildings)

AND

When? 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where? In front of BC Legislature Building; a hepatitis C rally with drummers, speakers, information, and giveaways.

AND

When? Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:00 pm AND 7:00 pm
Where? AIDS Vancouver Island, 713 Johnson St.

Screening of one-hour film “Deal With It – Untold Stories of Hepatitis C in Canada” with persons with lived experience of new treatments in attendance. Free bus tickets and snacks.

AIDS Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island Persons with AIDS Society, Society of Living Intravenous Drug Users, and HepCBC Hepatitis C Education Society
250-384-2366, ex 2270

AIDS Vancouver Island will once again be partnering with other local healthcare and service providers to provide a special event to acknowledge World Hepatitis Awareness Day on Monday July 28th, 2014.  Our goals are to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and encourage people to know their status.

 

ANKORS and HepCBC Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society

When? Monday, July 28, 2014 , 6:00 pm – 8:30pm
Where? Castle Theatre, Castlegar, BC
Contact: 250-365-6137
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Live music plus “Deal With It” film

Positive Living North and HepCBC Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society

When? Monday, July 28, 2014 , 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where? Nawican Friendship Centre, Dawson Creek, BC
Contact: 250-782-5202
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Arts-based hepatitis C workshop and film, “River of Healing”

REDUN and ANKORS

When? Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 am – noon
Where? Farmers Market, Gyro Park, Grand Forks, BC
Contact: 250-505-5506
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Hepatitis C Info Booth

Gitxsan Health Society & HepCBC Hepatitis C Education  & Prevention Society

When? Monday, July 28, 2014 , 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where? Kispiox Health Centre, Kispiox, BC
Contact: 250-842-6236, ext 28
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Film “Deal with It” with Q&A, discussion, education materials

ANKORS

When? Monday, July 28, 2014 , 10:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where? 459 Baker St., Nelson, BC
Contact:  250-505-5506
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Hepatitis C Info Table, Body-Piercing & Tattooing Awareness Project

Positive Living North

When? Monday, July 28, 2014 , 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where? Corner of 2nd Ave. and Main St., Smithers, BC
Contact: 250-877-0042
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: an outdoor information  booth to educate the attendees

Positive Living North

When? Monday, July 28, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Where? “Fire Pit”(at 1120 Third Ave.), Prince George, BC
Contact: 250-562-1172
Website: http://www.hepcbc.ca/get-tested-hepatitis/

Type of event: Hepatitis C Bingo, Info booth, Food, Prizes!

ASK Wellness Society

When? July 28th 11: 00 am – 3:00 pm

Where? 433 Tranquille RD Kamloops, BC
Contact: Kira Haug, kira@askwellness.ca
Website: www.askwellness.ca

Keys Housing and Health Solutions

When? July 28th 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Where?10667 135A Street, Surrey, BC, V3T 4E3
Contact: Susan Bhatti, director3@keyssolutions.org
Website: www.keyssolutions.org

Keys Housing and Health Solutions invites you to World Hepatitis Day on July 28th 2014 at 12-2pm. Show support to the millions that suffer from this infection by taking part from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, free barbeque lunch provided. Come visit the numerous booths by different organizations and participate in the educational seminars by Dr. Farley, Dr, Bhurji and Dr.Tam.

 

We will have many door prizes to distribute and not to mention free henna tattoos by Sonika’s Henna Design. Free to attend located at 10697 – 135A street Surrey BC, for further information please call Monika Verma at 604-589-8678 ext 240.

Positive Living Fraser Valley

When? July 18th 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Where? Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford, BC
Contact: Cody Vigeant, hepcsupport@plfv.org
Website: www.plfv.org

Our event is a community barbeque on July 18th in Abbotsford from 3-6 with our primary message/slogan being “Get tested, it’s the only way to know.” Along with the BBQ we are having a testing tent and information on hand regarding the Hep C virus and treatment options.  There will be live music at the event, guest speakers, free giveaways, as well as games and face-painting for kids.  Our events primary concern is to have people tested who haven’t yet been tested and to reach out to other demographics of people who we have a more difficult time reaching.  Fraser Valley East has one of the highest rates of Hep C and new Hep C infection in Canada and our message to get tested and to educate others on the virus is extremely important in our community.

 

Clinical Prevention Services BC, Centre for Disease Control

When? July 28th 2014 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where? Art Gallery Georgia Street Vancouver, BC
Contact: Sandi Mitchell, sandi.mitchell@bccdc.ca
Website: www.bccdc.ca/util/about/div/CPS/default.htm

Opening ceremony 10:00 – 10:30 by Squamish elder, Gloria Nahanee.

Guest speakers between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm include Dr. Eric Yoshida, Dr. Edward Tam, Dr. Alnoor Ramji, Dr. Mel Krajden, and Dr. Francis Ho plus hepatology nurse Carolyn Klassen and people with lived experience with hepatitis B and C.

Continuous showing of one-hour film “Deal with It: Untold Stories of Hepatitis C in Canada” between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Planning Committee: HepCBC Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., First Nations Health Authority, BC Centre for Disease Control, Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth & Families, and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS .

With participation from:

Positive Living Society of BC
Pacific Hepatitis C Network
Positive Women’s Network
YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society
Canadian Liver Foundation
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
LAIR Centre

Sponsors: AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck Pharmaceuticals.

ALBERTA

Communicable disease / harm reduction team

When? Monday July 28th 2014

Where? Sheldon Chumir Health Center, Calgary, AB
Contact: Linda Ton, linda.ton@albertahealthservices.ca
Website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

HIV North Society

When? July 28th 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where? Rotary House, our local shelter; The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen; and on the streets, AB
Contact Melissa Byers, hepoutreach@hivnorth.org
Website: www.hivnorth.org

HIV North Society will be hosting World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2014 by bringing awareness to the streets of Grande Prairie.  HNS along with other outreach service providers will be walking around Grande Prairie, as well as going to local businesses, to distribute information on Hepatitis.

Outreach activities will take place throughout the community at places like the Rotary House, Soup kitchen and the Friendship Centre.   Tote bags will be handing out with Hepatitis information to increase awareness, talk about testing options in Grande Prairie and where to find care and support if already living with hepatitis.

An article will be written in the DHT to let the community know about the hepatitis awareness event and local radio stations may wish to conduct interviews.  Information will also be available online through the HNS Facebook page and twitter.

July 28, 2014 will be a day of outreach activities to bring awareness.

HIV West Yellowhead Society

When? All day July 28th 2014

Where? Jasper, Hinton, Edson, Whitecourt, AB
Contact: Karly Savoy, programs@hivwestyellowhead.com
Website: www.hivwestyellowhead.com

HIV West Yellowhead will organize an awareness event for World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2014 in Jasper, Hinton, Edson, and Whitecourt. We will ask health providers to wear buttons on this day to raise awareness about getting tested for Hepatitis C. We will host a BBQ in Hinton and Edson at a local grocery store or general store where we will provide pamphlets, information about Hep C testing, treatment, local programs and services, and serve BBQ. We also plan to submit a letter to Mayor and Council of each community to ask for their support of this event and to proclaim July 28 World Hepatitis Day if they have not already.

SASKATCHEWAN

AIDS Saskatoon 

When? July 25th 2014,  12:00 – 1:00 pm
Where? Outside AIDS Saskatoon office and 601 drop in centre, SK
Contact: Megan McGrath, hcvsupport@aidssaskatoon.ca
Website: www.aidssaskatoon.ca/web

On July 25, AIDS Saskatoon will be hosting a BBQ to promote awareness and education in honor of World Hepatitis Day. The Saskatoon community is welcome to gather outside AIDS Saskatoon’s office building to enjoy food, prizes, and entertainment. Public Health will be available to administer immunizations and testing for those who are interested. Together, by sharing knowledge and combating stigma, we can make Saskatoon a HCV-free community!

Mamawetan Churchill River Health Authority

When? July 28th, 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm

Where? Riese Park, La Ronge, SK, directly behind the scattered outreach building where the BBQ will be held
Contact: Kaetlyn McLaughlin, Kaetlyn.mclaughlin@mcrrha.sk.ca
Website: www.mcrrha.sk.ca

Our hopes for World Hepatitis Day this year is to have a free BBQ open to the public with information and resources available. We are planning on having educational activities for people to participate in throughout the day. Weather permitting we are hoping to do a Hepatitis Walk down Main Street to increase public awareness. Needle Exchange will be offered that day as well as immunizations and testing for those requesting.

Street Project – Population and Public Health Services

When? July 28th 2014 afternoon

Where? Carmichael Outreach, 1925 Osler Street, Regina, SK
Contact Michelle Merk, michelle.merk@rqhealth.ca
Website:http://www.rqhealth.ca/programs/comm_hlth_services/pubhealth/pubhealth_dis.shtml

We will be hosting a come and go health fair, focusing on information regarding prevention and health promotion. We will have displays with information about signs and symptoms of hepatitis, various treatments, and harm reduction strategy. We will offer testing by the nurses who work with the Street Project. Food, drink and door prizes will be available.

Positive Care Program

When? July 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Where? Local hospital (Victoria Hospital), BC
Contact:  Shelley Crawford, scrawford@paphr.sk.ca
Website: www.stmichaelshospital.com/programs/hiv

The purpose of these events are to increase general knowledge to health care professionals in our community in regards to appropriate counselling/testing/appropriate referrals/ treatment and therapy of hepatitis B and C. Another goal is to reach out to our fellow community members on the importance of immunizations, testing, and follow up for optimal liver care.

ONTARIO
Toronto Community Hep C Program 
When? July 28th, 1:00 – 4: 00 pm
Where? South Riversdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON
Contact: Paul Johnston, pjohnston@sherbourne.on.ca
Website: www.srchc.ca/program/toronto-community-hepatitis-c-program

CATIE

When? July 23 2014
Where? Social Innovation Centre, Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON

AND

When? July 28  2014
Where? Mississauga, ON

AND

When? August 9 2014
Where? Mississauga, ON

Contact: Fozia Tanveer, ftanveer@catie.ca
Website: www.catie.ca 

CATIE is planning to hold a number of events in connection with the World Hepatitis Day as part of its Hepatitis C Ethnocultural Education and Outreach project. The details of the events are as such:

  1. A dialogue on ‘Immigrant Health and Hepatitis C’ with the service providers who work with the Chinese Community (Social Innovation Centre, Spadina Ave.Toronto)- July 23, 2014
  2. A dialogue on ‘Immigrant Health and Hepatitis C’ with the service providers who work with the South Asian Community (Mississauga, ON)- July 28, 2014
  3. A dialogue with the editors of Urdu and Punjabi ethnic media August 9, 2014 Mississauga, ON

 

CATIE is working with a number of organizations and community leaders to make these events successful. The first event that is for the service providers who work with the Chinese Community will be presided over by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam while the chief guest at the dialogue with the South Asian service providers will be Senator Salma Attaullahjan.

AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area

When? July 28, 10:30 am – 12: 00 pm and July 28th,  1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where? Location TBD
Contact: Kristina Rancourt, hepccommcoord@gmail.com
Website: www.aidsnorthbay.com

Canadian Society for International Health

When? July 25th 2014, 12: 00 – 2:00 pm

Where? Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa, ON
Contact: Ecaterina Damian, edamian@csih.org
Website: www.csih.org/en/events/world-hepatitis-day

The CSIH event in Ottawa will feature a complimentary barbecue, raffle prizes and a playlist of music written by musicians affected with hepatitis. The event will educate attendees on the disease through offering information on hepatitis transmission and prevention, as well as offering vaccinations for hepatitis A and B and testing for hepatitis C and B. Follow up services will be provided for those who test positive.

Carefirst Family Health Team

When? July 28th  2014 all day

Where? 420 Hwy 7 East, Unit 27 Richmond Hill, ON
Contact: Myrtle Robichaud, myrtle.robichaud@carefirstfht.com
Website: www.carefirstfht.com/websites/index.php

Carefirst Family Health Team is a community based organization that provides primary health care services and health education programs.  We focus on immigrants and newcomers to Canada.  80% of our patient population are from China and Hong Kong, which is an area that has a high prevalence of Hepatitis B.  In the past year our physicians have decided to develop programs to educate and reach out to this population:

  1. By screening at-risk patients for Hepatitis B infection
  2. For those affected by Hepatitis B, plan their care by educating, monitoring their condition to prevent further complications and spread of the infection.
  3. Providing publicly-funded vaccinations to individuals with chronic Hepatitis B infection and for their household contacts
  4. Increasing patients awareness or knowledge about Hepatitis B prevention and self-management

 

Elevate NWO

When? July 21 – 25, 2014
Where? 574 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay ON
Website: www.aidsthunderbay.org
Contact Annie Jollymore, ajollymore@aidsthunderbay.org

World Hepatitis Day July 28th is an annual event that provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. From July 21st to July 25th elevate NWO will be holding a number of events to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

An open house and barbeque will be held at elevate NWO, 574 Memorial Ave., where a wide range of Hep C services and programs are offered. Other planned activities throughout the week include an Outreach presence at Summer in the Parks; on air interviews, newspapers and, web-based information. The goal is to raise awareness around Hep C prevalence in our community and encourage testing for Hep C in at risk populations. Many community partners will be involved. Look for information on how to win a fabulous draw prize and great swag throughout the week

 

Hamilton 

When? Monday July 21st, 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Where? Wesley Urban Ministries

When? Tuesday July 22nd, 1:00 p – 3:00 pm
Where? The Hamilton Clinic

When? Tuesday July 22nd, 9 :00 am – 11: 00 am
Where? Womankind Addiction Services

When? Tuesday July 22nd , 1:00 pm – 3: 00 pm
Where? Men’s Withdrawal Management

When? Wednesday July 23rd
Where? Canadian Mental Health Association

When? Thursday July 24th, 8:00  – 10: 00 am
Where? Salvation Army

When? Thursday July 24th , 10: 00 am – 12: 00 pm
Where? Wayside House of Hamilton

When? Thursday July 24th, 1: 00 – 3:00 pm
Where? Good Shepherd Centre

When? Monday July 28th , 11: 00 am – 2: 00 pm
Where? Hamilton Public Library – Central Branch

Hamilton Health Sciences – SIS Clinic McMaster University Health Centre
When? July 28th2014, all day

Where? Within our clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, ON
Contact:  Marcia Stirling, stirlin@hhsc.ca
Website: www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca

Monday, July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day.  The SIS (Special Immunology Services) Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre is recognizing this day by providing additional information to the patients which the team serves.

 

Hemophilia Ontario – South Western Ontario Region

When?  July 24 & 25 all day, July 28th 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Where? Iohsa at RHAC, Richmond Hill, ON and 4 :00 – 5:00 pm at Youth Action Centre

Contact: Matthew Maynard, mmaynard@hemophilia.on,ca

Website? www.hemophilia.ca/en/provincial-chapters/ontario/south-western-ontario-region/

 

World Hepatitis Day – Community Awareness Event

When? July 24 & July 25, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where? Central Branch, London Public Library, London, ON
Contact: Matthew Maynard mmaynard@hemophilia.on.ca

In collaboration with: Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, Hemophilia Ontario, Youth Action Centre and At Iholsa

Oshawa Community Health Centre

Where? Memorial Park Oshawa, ON
When? July 28, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Contact: Brigitte Upshaw, bupshaw@ochc.ca
Website: www.ochc.ca

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day and Oshawa Community Health Centre’s Liver Health and Hepatitis C Team is hosting an event in Memorial
Park.  The purpose of this free public event is to bring awareness about Hepatitis C and to encourage people to get tested.  This event has been made possible through financial support by Merck and Roche. There will be lots of free food including Hollywood Cone, hot dogs and cake, information and prizes!  Come and meet Oshawa Community Health
Centre’s Liver Health and Hepatitis C Team along with their community partners; AIDS Committee of Durham Region, John Howard Society – Durham Region, Durham Region Health and more.

 

Niagara Health System

When? Tuesday July 22, 2014, 9:00 am  – 4: 00 pm
Where? Welland Hospital Site

When? Wednesday July 23rd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where? Greater Niagara General Site

When? Friday July 25th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where? St. Catherines Hospital Site

When? Friday July 25th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where? Film Documentary Viewing

When? July 28th, 8:30 am  – 4:30 pm
Where? Market Square in Downtown St Catherines, ON

When? July 28th 10:00 pm
Where? Niagara Falls; Illumination of Niagara Falls

Contact: Karen Usick, Karen.usick@niagrahealth.on.ca

Website: www.niagarahealth.on.ca

 

Reseau ACCESS Network

When? July 28;all day

Where? Various locations throughout the downtown core. Including Memorial Park, Bell Park Beach, The Downtown Bus Terminal as well as the Rainbow Mall, Sudbury, ON
Contact Lori Macleod, lorim@reseauaccessnetwork.com
Website: http://www.accessaidsnetwork.com

Sandi’s Crusade Against Hepatitis C

When? July 26th 2014, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and July 27th 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Where? S & H Health Foods store, Five Points Mall, Oshawa, ON
Contact: Sandi, sandiscrusade@yahoo.ca
Website: www.creativeintensity.com/smking

Sanguen Health Centre
When? July 28th 2014, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Where? St. George’s Square, Guelph, ON
Contact: Jan Klotz, jklotz@sanguen.com
Website: www.sanguen.com

Shelter Health Hep C Team

When? July 21 – 28 2014
Where? Wesley Urban Ministries, Men’s Withdrawl Management, CMHA, and Wayside House of Hamilton, Salvation Army Booth Centre, Good Shepard Men’s Centre, Mission Services, the Hamilton Clinic and either the public library or the food court in Jackson square., St. Catherine’s General Hospital with the Niagara Health System’s Hep C Care Clinic, St Catherine’s, ON.
Contact: Suzanne Edwards, Suzanne.hepc@gmail.com
Website: www.shelterhealthnetwork.ca/?page_id=156

WellFort Community Health Services

When? July 28th 2014 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm

Where? Downtown Brampton, ON
Contact:  Jadunauth Raghunauth, jadunauth.raghunauth@wellfort.ca

Region of Peel

When? July 28, 2014
Where? Gage Park, Downtown Brampton, ON
Contact:
Bloom at 905-451-8090 ext 246

 

The World Health Organization has designated the 28th of July every year as world Hepatitis Day. This day gives us an opportunity to recognize hepatitis within our community and create awareness aimed at breaking down stigma.

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can be caused by hepatitis A, hepatitis B and C virus. Hepatitis B and C when undiagnosed and untreated over an extended period of time can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

Ministers of Health and global health advocates from across the world in May last year committed to prioritizing viral hepatitis as an urgent public health issue.  While progress has been made, much more still needs to be done. The death toll from Hepatitis is already the same as from HIV/AIDS, and rapidly overtaking it.

Worldwide, viral hepatitis is responsible for 1.5 million deaths every year and is the 8thleading cause of death. Approximately 150 million or more people have chronic hepatitis C and every year approximately 350,000 people die from hepatitis C-related diseases.  Rates of infection range from less than 1% in many countries, up to 22% in Egypt. (Source: World Health Organization Fact Sheet #164, July2012). The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Hepatitis C in Canada: 2005-2010 Surveillance Report: 8 out 1000 Canadians (almost 1% of population, or approx. 245,000) have hepatitis C, and approximately 20-25% of those infected don’t know that they have the infection as yet.

Bloom clinic, in partnership with Peel Public Health, Peel HIV/AIDS Network and other partners will be engaged in a number of activities at shelters, breakfast programs, and libraries to create awareness about Hepatitis. There will also be a mini fair and BBQ at Gage Park, downtown Brampton (this is pending approval by the city) on July 28th, from 2- 8 pm.

 

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre

When? July 22nd 11: 00 am – 2:00 pm
Where? Garry Dugal Park on Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON
Contact: Tamara Berchard,tberchard@wechc.org
Website: www.wechc.org

The main objective of our events is to raise awareness about Hepatitis C by providing direct information and education to high risk persons and/or the general population attending an event. We hope to achieve our objective by providing any individual who attends these events with one piece of information about Hepatitis C that they did not know before, (testing, treatment, harm reduction, transmission risks, resources available, print material, encouragement, etc.) that they can either use personally, or pass on to a friend, loved one, health or service provider.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

When? July 29th all day
Where? YSB Downtown Services & Drop- in at 147 Besserer Street, Ottawa, ON
Contact: Courtenay Scanlan, cscanlan@ysb.on.ca
Website: www.ysb.on.ca/index.php?page=home&hl=eng

The Hepatitis C Program at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa proposes to host a youth-focused event to increase access to diverse services that support the social determinants of youth living with or at risk of HCV, raise awareness of HCV and harm reduction, and to increase access to testing and treatment. This event will be held on Tuesday *July 29th* at the YSB downtown drop-in site (147 Besserer Street) in conjunction with World Hepatitis Day in an effort to promote existing services (eg: HCV Program, Harm Reduction Drop-In, Youth Health Clinic), advertise the World Hepatitis Day Ottawa event and to distribute youth-friendly resources. Our target stakeholders are street-involved youth and youth who inject drugs.

 Street Health Care – Kingston Community Health Centre

When? July 23 – 25th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and July 28th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where? Catarqui Mall Kingston and HIV/ AIDS regional services, Kingston, ON
Contact: Christinah Kutama, Christinahk@streethealth.kchc.ca
Website: www.kchc.ca/index.cfm/street-health-centre

Street Health Centre –Kingston Community Health Centre will be hosting a booth in the Cataraqui Mall for 3 days. To reach to a larger audience a community radio station will stream live on the last day of the Booth Blitz July 25th. The radio station will quiz volunteers and give hepatitis swag/promotion material to winners and participants. On July 28th HIV/AIDS Regional services Kingston will be the location of a panel of peer presenters who have gone through the Hepatitis C tx sharing their personal experiences.

 

MANITOBA

Canadian Liver Foundation

When? July 28th 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where? Winnipeg Manitoba, location TBD
Contact: Bianca Pengelly, bpengelley@liver.ca
Website: www.liver.ca

Join us on July 28th to raise awareness about Hepatitis in our community. Several community health organizations as well as individuals who are living with Hepatitis want to welcome you to Rally with us at 10:00 am. We will start the day with a short march in order to grab the attention of surrounding traffic. We will then proceed with a rally where participants will take turns sharing in front of a camera that will be displayed on a Jumbrotron. There will be a large focus on the new drug treatment for Hepatitis and how crucial it is for those living with the disease. Participates will be scattered throughout the city to spread the awareness as much as possible.

Quebec

Canadian Liver Foundation/ Fondation Canadienne du fond

When? July 27th 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where? Mount-Royal Park, Monument Sir-George- Etienne Cartier, Montreal, QC
Contact: Betty Esperenza, montrealevents@liver.ca
Website: www.liver.ca

The Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation is concentrating its efforts to save lives by educating the public about The ABC`s of Hepatitis. Demystifying myths is crucial to prevention of the disease. With the support of the Montreal community that includes all the ethnicities – and with support from local charity groups as well as local businesses and foodsies YELP! Montrealers will enjoy a day of celebration with music, yoga, buskers and games on one of the most famous popular parks in Montreal: Mount-Royal Park (Next to the Tam Tams- Monument Sir George-Etienne Cartier).

Distribution of condoms, freezies and educational pamphlets are free. Prizes will be given to participants who answer FAQS about Hepatitis.

MAINS – BSL

When? Morning of July 28th 2014
Where? Different cafes and organizations in Rimouski, QC
Contact Lisa Audet,hepatite.c.mainbsl@gmail.com
Website: www.mainsbsl.qc.ca

NOVA SCOTIA
Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia
When? Saturday, July 26, 2014
Where? Halifax Pride Parade, throughout downtown Halifax, NS
Contact: director @hepns.ca
Website: www.hepns.ca/

Joining with Halifax Pride, HepNS aims to increase awareness of hepatitis in Nova Scotia by establishing a presence in the Pride Parade, and at the Garrison Grounds afterward.  HepNS’ Spread the Word, Not the Virus project seeks to raise awareness of HCV-HIV co-infection among men who have sex with men (MSM), making Pride an ideal venue for spreading the message of prevention and education.  According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, in Canada, 13% of MSM-IDU and 10% MSM are HIV-HCV co-infected.

Northern AIDS Connection Society

When?  July 14 – August 3rd and July 28, all day

Where? Displays at various locations such as regional hospitals, libraries and a BBQ in front of Wal-Mart with t-shirt giveaways all in Truro, NS
Contact: Janet McPhee, nacsaccountant@eastlink.ca
Website: www.northernaidsconnectionsociety.ca

These activities always give us the opportunity to increase the public’s knowledge not only about Hepatitis but also about Northern AIDS Connection Society (NACS) and their programs. There is an opportunity for enhanced networking.  Fundraising is one of the key elements that our organization finds itself doing as we are only able to continue that work that we do because of the fund raised dollars that we get as well as the project funding for the Hep C work that we do.  We are always looking for volunteers so that when we are networking if we find someone that is interested in doing volunteer work with our organization we are happy to have them join the team.  Forming community partnerships is also important as this allows us the opportunity to get others people involved in the work we are doing, to make the connection with others that we may not have had the opportunity to work with.  Through public engagement NACS is able to Recruit additional volunteers.  Materials are shared with community partners working in the field of Hepatitis. 

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador
When?  July 8th   11:00  am – 2:00 pm
Where? BBQ at Margaret Bowater Park, Corner Brook, NL

When? July 8th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where? BBQ Stephenville Women’s Centre, Stephenville, NL

When? July 21 – 25
Where? Blomidon Place, Corner Brook, NL

When? July 21 – 29
Where? Western Health, Corner Brook. NL

When? July 21 – 29
Where? Western Health, Bonne Bay, NL

When? July 21 – 29
Where? Western Health, Stephenville, NL

When? July 21- 29
Where? Western Health, Port Saunders

When? July 21- 29
Where? Western Health, Burego, NL

When? July 21-29
Where? Community Youth Network, Corner Brook, NL

When? July 28th 3:00 pm

Where? Loretta Bartlett Home for Youth, Corner Brook, NL

When? July 25th 10:00 am

Where? Summit Place (home for those with mental illnesses)

When? July 25th 2:00 pm

Where? Western Health psychiatric unit

When? July 28th full day

Where? Stephenville Provincial Correctional Facility, Stephenville, NL

When? July 28th 2014, 9:00 am

Where? John Howard Society, Stephenville NL

Contact: Julie Crouse / Dave Jones,Julie@acnl.net/ djones@acnl.net

Website: www.acnl.net
World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, 2014.  The number of diagnosed Hepatitis C cases in Western Newfoundland rose by almost 50% in 2013. In order to increase the awareness of transmission, testing and prevention, the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador is working together with community organizations as well as the local health authority to create a week-long event focusing on Hepatitis.  Along with presentations, and displays across Western NL, there will be two community barbecues with great prizes as well as music and entertainment.  Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.