Modernization of Official Languages Act Forum, April 2019
Dr. Conway, the President of RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique, was invited by the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie to participate in the Modernization of Official Languages Act forum. The national review aimed to discuss the priorities and vision for the future of Canada's two official languages. Dr. Conway presented on the importance of French health services to be available and provided to improve the health statuses of the Francophones community.
EASL Conference, April 2019
Our VIDC team, consisting of a physician, nurse, research associates and support staff attended the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Conference. We presented on three posters and hosted our second international booth at the exhibition.
Specialty Rx Solutions has opened a pharmacy on Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna! VIDC ran our first Community Pop Up Clinic in the interior BC. We celebrated this important day along with the Phoenix Wellness Clinic team and the Mayor of Kelowna, Colin Basran. Please check out the article published in the local news: https://okanaganedge.net/2019/02/08/new-pharmacy-fights-hep-c/
A Red Holiday Fundraiser, Dec 2018
The VIDC's 11st annual fundraiser with Red Ribbons 4 Life Foundation (RR4L) occured on Dec 9th, 2018. It was hosted at the Surrey City Hall with special attendances by our community partners and civic officials. Continuing our annual tradition, all proceeds are donated to the Djaeff Mahler Food Bank supporting the HIV/AIDS community at the Surrey Lookout Society.
World Aids Day, Dec 2018
INHSU Conference, Sept 2018
VIDC attended the INHSU conference (International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users), in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Conway and one of our research associates delivered two seperate oral presentations on future trajectories in Hepatitis C among the People who Inject Drugs (PWID) population. VIDC hosted our first official booth at the conference and hosted our second Wine and Cheese event with our fellow Canadian and international Hepatology colleagues. Our EnTEnTE program was awarded for one of the top 10 programs in the world to treat HCV and engage with the vulnerable populations. Our program Engages patients at risk of HIV & HCV at our Community Pop Up Clinics to determine their status, Engage them in care by developing an appropriate Treatment plan, and maintain Engagement throughout the course of treatment and beyond.
Standing Committee on Official Languages, Sept 2018
Dr. Conway was invited to speak before the Standing Committee on Official Languages to make recommendations to The Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. As the President of RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique, Dr. Conway spoke about the priorities of Francophone healthcare and funding in BC.
Downtown Eastside Alley Health Fair and SUCCESS Health Fair, Sept 2018
VIDC hosted a booth with educational materials on HCV and HIV, and conducted free HCV and HIV testing.
World Hepatitis Day, July 2018
Global Hepatitis Summit, June 2018
Our VIDC team which consists of a physician, nurse, research associates and support staff attended the 16th International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease (ISVHLD) in Toronto, Canada. With the focus on discussing therapeutic developments, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis, Dr. Conway chaired symposia and presented on VIDC's model of care. We also hosted a booth to showcase and share with others VIDC's active engagements with Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Community and our dedications in working towards the WHO's goals of Hepatitis eradication by 2030.