Alberta Community HIV Fund
The Alberta HIV, HCV and STBBI Advisory Consortium is a multisectoral advisory body that provides a coordinated, collaborative, population health approach to the management of the Alberta Community HIV Fund (ACHF).
The Consortium enhances coordination of HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV) and other related Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infection (STBBI) programming in Alberta which engages multisectoral, multi-level partners; and engages passionate, committed individuals. The focus of the Consortium is to advise Alberta Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada on allocation of funds to community-based organizations; and discuss HIV, HCV and related STBBI policy issues of concern across government sectors and other organizations.
The ACHF model is a unique approach to leveraging provincial and federal funds in a collaborative manner to support action on HIV, HCV and other STBBI issues across Alberta. Since 1998, the ACHF has integrated funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Alberta Health (AH) to reduce duplication in programming and minimize reporting burden for community-based recipients. ACHF funds support preventing HIV, HCV, and other related STBBI, promoting the health of people living with or impacted by these infections, reducing the harm associated with these infections, creating supportive environments and strengthening community organizations.
Integrated ACHF funds are delivered to community-based recipients via third-party agreements from the Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH). As such, ACCH is accountable for the diligent financial and administrative stewardship of the ACHF.
ACCH provides provincial leadership through its collective voice to bring about social change with respect to the human and social impacts of HIV and related issues. ACCH's membership includes, but is not limited to, ACHF funding recipients and it is guided by a governance-level Board of Directors. ACCH represents its membership through three seats on the Consortium.
Multiple sectors must be involved to effectively represent and address HIV, HCV and other related STBBI prevention, care, support and treatment needs in Alberta. Bringing together insights from across federal and provincial government sectors, community-based organizations, and specific populations ensures the optimal allocation of funds and facilitating collaboration on related policy.
The Consortium values the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and HCV and people vulnerable to STBBI infections. Sharing their insights and experiences helps policy makers understand the challenges and opportunities that exist, and ensures that ACHF funds respond appropriately to community needs. Population-specific representatives are not meant to consult their community broadly, but rather to represent one's own lived experience.