The HIV/AIDS Labrador Project

Description of Program

What is the intervention/program/project?
The HIV/AIDS Labrador Project operates out of the Labrador Friendship Centre and provides HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through presentations and events.  The coordinator provides two different presentations in schools for youth. The presentations are tailored to the information needs of the youth, how the youth are responding and the energy in the room. The focus is on the prevention of HIV and STBBI’s, primarily, but the content spans into harm reduction, mental health, personal development and healthy sexuality/healthy relationships. The coordinator conducts presentations in the Labrador Correctional Facility every three months and sets up a monthly booth at the College of the North Atlantic. The project includes a variety of other activities, such as home visits and referrals, an AIDS Walk for Life, a Red Ribbon theatre arts show and educational opportunities for service providers. HIV/AIDS Labrador also has an active Facebook page and uses social media for awareness raising.
 
What is the goal/objective of the intervention/program/project?
The program’s primary objective is to provide awareness and information on the prevention of HIV/STI and other BBI’s to contribute to the healthy sexuality and personal development of Aboriginal Peoples in Labrador. A secondary objective is to provide HIV/STI/BBI awareness and prevention information for service providers in Labrador.
 
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
The HIV/AIDS Labrador Project originated from an earlier research project entitled the Labrador HIV/AIDS Surveillance Study. This study indicated a need for an HIV/AIDS project in Labrador.Health care professionals in Labrador were concerned that indicating factors, such as STIs, isolation and perspectives would put Labradorians at risk of HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS Labrador project is the only sexual health awareness initiative in Labrador.
 
How was the intervention/program/project developed?
The current coordinator was not yet working with the organization during the program’s initial development. Over the years, the project has expanded to provide support for personal development because it was found that many people were not retaining the information about HIV due to personal development needs.
 

Organization

Labrador Friendship Centre

Program Type

  • Education
  • Harm reduction
  • Social media
  • Individual
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Harm reduction

Populations Served

  • Incarcerated and/or remanded individuals
  • Indigenous peoples
  • People who use drugs
  • Service providers
  • Youth

Contact Information

Name: Scosha Diamond

Position: HIV/AIDS Coordinator

Phone: 709-896-5144

Email:  sdiamond@lfchvgb.ca

Website: http://www.lfchvgb.ca/home/14

Location Information: 

Labrador
The office is in Happy Valley Goose Bay. Workshops are offered on the North Coast, South Coast and Upper Lake Melville in Labrador, in schools, a correctional facility and college. Education is  offered virtually through Facebook.

Virtual

Yes/Oui

Project Resources

Most resources used are produced by other organizations.

Resources for Program

Material

  • Educational resources from CATIE, CAAN, Pauktuutit and Planned Parenthood.
  • Condoms.

Human

  • One staff.

Financial

  • Funding for wages and supplies.

 

Start Date

2000

Duration

Ongoing – project based funding

Evaluation

Audience/client feedback

 

Outcomes evaluation

  • Short term/long term knowledge retained.

Output tracking

  • Number of people at events/presentations.

Process monitoring or evaluation

  • Field notes collected by project coordinator.

Evaluation Terms

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