- Peer Support
- Information and referrals
- Social groups and networking
- LGBQ+ Affirming
- 2S/LGBTQ+ Affirming
- Two-Spirit Affirming
- Online resource
Men’s Health Initiative (MHI)'s goal is to increase supportive, community-based networks for men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) within Interior BC while raising attention to their needs and concerns. Ultimately, our hope is to build on the remarkable strengths and resilience of the diverse queer men communities within Interior BC.
The key demographic of the MHI program is any and all queer men in the Interior of BC. The key issues that it hopes to address are accessibility and support for queer men accessing healthcare, with a specific focus on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, & Hep C; addressing gaps in queer men's connectivity and networking in the area; and providing education and community outreach to individuals, service providers, and businesses in regards to queer men's issues and needs.
The specific services provided can be split into Community, Individuals, and Service Providers. Some of the examples of services provided, or that we hope to provide are as follows:
- Promotion of STI services for queer men
- Education workshops (i.e., Inclusivity, Queer Competency, Queer Men's Needs and Concerns, etc.)
- Harm reduction supplies and services
- Drug checking information and services
- Educational outreach through social media outlets (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
- Support group for queer men living with HIV/Hep C
- Networking events
- Advocacy and guidance for queer related issues
- Support for queer men living with HIV/Hep C (i.e., Counselling, Follow-ups, Service Connections, etc.)
- PrEP/PEP access and resources
- Queer competency education for businesses and service providers (In conjunction with the Harm Reduction Education Team)
- Advocacy and education on HIV medication/treatment/prevention
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Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?
Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?
Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?
Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?
—Yes, to some extent
Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?
Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?
Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?
Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.
—Yes, to some extent
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?
—Yes, to some extent
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Last updated: February 26, 2023
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