November 5th, 2019 – Pan Canadian Framework on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections (STBBIs)

For the first time, the federal government is asking for meaningful consultation with Indigenous people prior to implementing major policy to address sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) in Canada (Pan-Canadian STBBI Framework for Action). Members of the First Nations Health Authority Indigenous Wellness Team and BC Centre for Disease Control Clinical Prevention Services provide background information on the STBBI Framework and seek participant feedback on the ‘indicators’ it uses to measure how well public health prevents, tests, cares/treats, and supports people affected by STBBIs in Canada. This session is highly interactive, with opportunities for participants to engage and provide input.

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Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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About the Presenters:


 Andrea Medley is from the Haida Nation of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Health Sciences/Gerontology, she has worked in public and Indigenous health in a variety of capacities, from health policy to community outreach. She is currently a member of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s National Aboriginal Research Advisory Committee. Andrea has been honoured to work with the First Nations Health Authority since 2014. She is the Indigenous Wellness Educator on the Indigenous Wellness team, which designs and facilitates culturally relevant curriculum on harm reduction and healthy sexuality with First Nations communities. Andrea is passionate about health promotion, harm reduction, traditional healing, and sexual health education, and brings her experience as a community member, learner, and volunteer to this educator position. 

 Cherlyn Cortes is humbled to be a part of the Indigenous Wellness Team with the First Nations Health Authority, based on the unceded and occupied homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. As a Registered Nurse, her journey in the last 15 years has crossed many areas, from the Supervised Injection site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, to the Neonatal ICU. Her experience in nursing leadership and education includes Clinical Lead roles in Primary Care, HIV Nurse Educator and Nurse Educator for the VCH Downtown Eastside 2nd Generation Redesign. Cherlyn continues to work in the Downtown Eastside as a STI and Contraception certified primary care nurse at Vancouver Native Health clinic and Raven Song Primary Care, but she is most passionate about her role with the Indigenous Wellness Team as the Communicable Disease Nurse Coordinator for Harm Reduction, Sexual Wellbeing and HIV/HCV working alongside nurses and First Nations communities to promote self-determination and health transformation. 

 Andrea Derban graduated from UBC in 1991 with her BScN. With a passion for population and public health, Andrea spent the first half of her career working in three of BCs regional health authorities as a Public Health Nurse, then later on as a Communicable Disease Control Nurse. In 2003, Andrea joined the BCCDC for five years before moving to a position within the Ministry of Health. After four years with the Ministry, she joined the First Nations Health Authority, where she continues in her role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV and Hepatitis C. Andrea enjoys spending time with her loved ones despite waiting for her oldest children to move out. 

 Margo Pearce is a postdoctoral fellow working with BC Centre for Disease Control in partnership with First Nations Health Authority on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. She completed her MPP at Simon Fraser University, her MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her PhD at UBC School of Population and Public Health. Her previous postdoctoral fellowship was with the Canadian HIV Trials Network. Margo’s current work includes Indigenous community engagement to frame HCV within a health and wellness perspective, as well as understanding HCV in the context of prenatal health and quality improvement initiatives. 


  • Reducing the health impact of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections in Canada by 2030: A pan-Canadian STBBI framework for action – read the article here

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