ACAS and OPA+ would like to invite you to participate in Positive Asian Diasporic Experiences in North America
(PADENA) Virtual Forum
Newcomers from Asia made up 63% of immigrant settlers to Canada between 2017 to 2019 and are the fastest-growing group amongst all racialized groups in the U.S.(1-3). According to the 2019 Surveillance Report by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Asians living with HIV (East, Southeast, South, West Asians, Middle Eastern, and Arabs) made up 9.9% of all Canadians living with HIV, exceeding the number of Latinx living with HIV (4).
In the U.S., the care and retention rates for Positive Asian Americans (59% and 47%) lagged the national average (64% and 49%) (5). While similar trends are expected for Canada, race-based data for prevention, treatment and care cascade are primarily unknown as PHAC has not published it.
To facilitate our understanding of these trends, we aim to discuss how the current HIV/AIDS response in Canada and the U.S. is leaving Positive Asians behind—at the same time, how we can increase the visibility of Positive Asians and improve long-term holistic health and well-being through enhancing linkage to care.
We aim to achieve this using a four-part virtual forum to engage in deliberate dialogues intended to lead to concrete solutions to support the health and well-being of Positive Asians. A four-part virtual forum will be held between November 2022 and March 2023. Each session is 90 minutes long with 40 participants and will be opened with a peer or subject expert presentation to set the discussion topic. See the below table for details.
We are looking for participants who are:
1. Asian (East, Southeast, South, Middle Eastern/West Asians, and Indo-Caribbeans living in Canada and the U.S.) and currently receiving service from or working in the HIV/AIDS sector.
2. Stakeholders linking Positive Asians to Care
3. Community or industry partners
4. Research and policy community