Ontario and the rest of the developed world are at a tipping point in our efforts to stop HIV.
Over the past 30+ years, we have made incredible progress. We now have effective HIV therapies and new prevention tools. We know how to provide care and support for people living with HIV. We understand that, to stop HIV, we must address the social and structural drivers that put certain populations at risk.
Focusing our Efforts — the new HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026 for Ontario – challenges all HIV organizations to use the tools we have to change the course of the prevention, engagement and care cascade and create a province where new HIV infections are rare and people with HIV lead long, healthy lives, free from stigma and discrimination.
In 2017, OHTN released HIV Endgame, our strategic plan to 2026. This plan sets out the OHTN’s role in the Ontario’s efforts to stop the harms caused by HIV over the next 10 years. Our mission? To improve the health and lives of people with and at risk of HIV by using data and evidence to drive change. We see ourselves as a catalyst, finding and developing the information our network needs to end HIV, and then helping our partners – clinicians, ASOs and other community-based services and policy makers and system planners – use that knowledge to provide effective, evidence-based programs and services.
Our Strategic Directions
Gather and Analyze Data on the HIV Epidemic and HIV Programs and Services
The OHTN houses vital data systems and expertise to guide Ontario’s response to HIV. We plan to strengthen our data systems and enhance our capacity to provide timely, relevant information and analyses to improve HIV services and systems.
Conduct Targeted High-Impact HIV Research
The OHTN funds and conducts research to create evidence that can be used to develop more effective programs and services. We will invest in research that is relevant to the populations most affected by HIV. We will focus on research that can be rapidly applied in implementing and scaling up evidence-based interventions.
Support the Use of the Best Available Data and Research Evidence
The OHTN has a strong track record in engaging knowledge users in research and in responding to our network’s evidence needs. We will up our game, proactively putting knowledge into the hands of the right people and giving them the tools to integrate it into practice.
Help Create the Backbone for Collective Impact in the HIV Sector
Collective impact is an approach that brings networks of organizations together to solve complex problems such as HIV. To have collective impact, a network must have a common agenda, with open communication that allows collaborating organizations to reinforce each other’s work. A backbone organization facilitates communication and the consistent measurement of results across the network. We will work more closely with the AIDS Bureau and other provincial resource organizations to offer backbone support for collective impact in Ontario’s HIV sector, taking the lead in providing data and evidence as well as support to drive change.
To end HIV/AIDs we need to act together, to recognize the leadership of people living with HIV, to listen to stakeholders, and to continuously evaluate and improve Ontario’s care and services. We need to focus on where and how our collective actions can make the most difference. To guide our actions, the OHTN strategic plan establishes clear criteria to determine the activities, we should engage and invest in.
Appropriate activities and investments are: 1) relevance, impact-focused and efficient; 2) context-sensitive, good value for money and sustainable; 3) feasible, appropriate and altruistic; and 4) OHTN Research Accord adherent.