Positive Prevention: Front Line Warriors (FLW)

Description of Program

What is the intervention/program/project?
The Front Line Warriors program is a unique hybrid program that unites prevention, education, peer support and strategic curriculum development. The Front Line Warriors are Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal  people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV who meet every Thursday at the Positive Living North office in Prince George. These meetings are directed with guidance from a Positive Prevention Coordinator and Elder Advisor. Members are involved in training so that they have the confidence and skills to support the education department. This group determines the workshops it will present. It receives training on workshop development and meeting audience needs. The Front Line Warriors go out into the community to conduct workshops on HIV prevention with target populations using storytelling and experiential knowledge. Warriors are provided with stipends for presentations and travel. They visit towns surrounding Prince George, and can travel up to 13 hours away. From 2011-2012, the Front Line Warriors conducted 161 workshops averaging 13 workshops per month, with a total of 3350 participants.
 
What is the goal/objective of the intervention/program/project?
The overall goal is to support people who are living with HIV/AIDS to undertake positive changes in their lives that increase their overall health and wellbeing, and enable them to share their expertise effectively. The secondary goal is to reduce rates of HIV/STIs, stigma and discrimination perpetuated against people living with HIV/AIDS.
 
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
HIV rates in Northern B.C. continue to show an over-representation of Aboriginal Peoples. At times, northern communities do not want members who are HIV positive to return home. Poverty, discrimination and colonization’s legacies continue to confound Aboriginal People’s survival and diminish their opportunities to thrive. The founding Warriors wanted to be the change. They wanted to stop HIV and begin going out to educate people. Originally, in the agency, education was separate from the Positive Prevention Program. It was very impactful to have the Warriors lead this component of the  education programming – for participants to have a name, face and heart in the HIV/AIDS awareness and education. This moved the program beyond just providing statistics.
 
How was the intervention/program/project developed?
The program developed organically. It initiated with the Warriors’ desire to go out and make a difference. The Executive Director promoted the proposal and received funding. The program has grown. Much of the programming is directed from the members.
 

Organization

Positive Living North: No khēyoh t’sih’en t’sehena Society

Program Type

  • Community
  • Education
  • Harm reduction
  • Peer-to-peer
  • Individual
  • Education
  • Harm reduction

Populations Served

  • Indigenous peoples
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • People who use drugs
  • Service providers
  • Women
  • Youth

Contact Information

Name: Sandra Sasaki

Position: Education Manager/ Positive Prevention Coordinator

Phone: 250.562.1172

Email: ssasaki@positivelivingnorth.org

Website: http://positivelivingnorth.org
 

Location Information: 

British Columbia
Front Line Warrior meetings are held at Positive Living North in Prince George and have one Warrior in Smithers. Workshops are conducted on and off reserve in communities surrounding Prince George, including Fort Nelson, Williams Lake and Fort St. John.

Virtual

No/Non

Project Resources

Pamphlet and poster available upon request.

Resources for Program

Human

  • Front Line Warriors.

  • Training and supervision by staff, staff expertise.

  • Commitment to a participatory approach which introduces equity for all involved.

Financia

  • Funding for food, honoraria for workshop leaders.

  • Project administration funding.

  • Travel costs (vehicle, gas, food for trips of up to 13-14 hours).

Materials

  • Food.

Start Date

2005

Duration

Ongoing

Evaluation

Output tracking

  • Number of workshops, type of workshop, number of participants.

Process monitoring or evaluation

  • Interviews with FLW members, staff and audience; focus groups (FLW members), participant observation.

Audience/client feedback and satisfaction

  • Written workshop evaluation forms and interviews.

Outcomes evaluation

  • Workshop evaluation and focus group with staff/FLW members conducted by program Evaluator.

Evaluation Terms

Audience/client feedback and satisfaction, Outcome evaluation, Output tracking, Process monitoring or evaluation