PADENA Fourth Session
March 7 / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
ACAS and OPA+ would like you to join PADENA Third Session from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Dangers of resiliency and Defining life through activisim
Mind-body and immune functions in PLHIV
To register to join this event, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdeysqjIqGNyFPfMp8Iu5DhPYsCkNuMDe
Devan Nambiar, MSc. has worked in the healthcare sector for over 25 years. He manages his own consultancy GHIS.CA and provides cultural and clinical training on the 2SLGBTQ+ population, HIV care and treatment, integrative health, and trauma-informed practice. In 2022, Devan launched Positivelove.ca, a free dating site for people living with HIV. He works full-time as the Manager of Capacity Building & Talent Development at Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance. Previously Devan was the Program Manager & Training Specialist at Rainbow Health Ontario on 2SLGBTQI+ health. Before that, he worked at CATIE for 12 years as HIV Treatment and Clinical Trials Educator. Devan has contributed to various publications and media on queer identities, HIV, MPX, and social justice. Devan has been living with HIV for 34 years. He currently serves on five committees. They are the Community Advisory Committee at CIHR, CTN; Patient Advisory Committee at CADTH; Co-Chair of the CHESS study on COVID vaccine effectiveness for PLHIV; The Ontario Caregivers Organization; and Missing and Missed Implementation at Toronto Police Service. Devan received leadership awards at Ontario AIDS Network (2002) and the Canadian AIDS Society (2006).
Andy Mok is a primary care and HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist (RN) at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic. Working under Dr. Gordon Liu and Dr. Ian Armstrong, Andy provides holistic care through an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach to a diverse population. He is committed to making a positive impact in the Canadian healthcare system by advocating for equitable rights and fair treatment of marginalized groups, such as 2SLGBTQI+, people living with mental illness, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Working in the community setting, Andy proactively raises public awareness of the negative impact of stigma on the health of affected individuals and communities. He engages in stigma reduction training with the goal of becoming a nursing leader and champion to address social stigma and health inequities.