Workshops to support professionals, organizations and staff:
Introduction to Women & HIV in Ontario

Covers HIV & HCV transmission, prevention and treatment basics, an overview of systemic risk factors related to the socio-determinants of health & connecting to WHAI’s priority areas of focus, a brief overview of WHAI & WHAI workshops/resources. Includes handouts and information sheets on topics covered as well as a statistical summary capturing the picture of women & HIV in Ontario. Concludes with a brief discussion to introduce topics of disclosure, stigma, mothering & HIV, LPW, WHAI’s collective art projects, Change maker’s postcard project.

HIV Disclosure & Women

Using the Women and HIV: A Disclosure Toolkit as a guide, this workshop walks through information about HIV disclosure, privacy legislation, policies, and guidelines for handling personal health information and the importance of these in building positive relationships with women. These include tips and strategies on how to create a welcoming and supportive space for disclosure, that build’s on women’s autonomy and sense of respect. It provides a space for discussion that covers strategies for the journey of support, before during and after HIV disclosure. In addition, the presentation concludes on an interactive component that incorporates learnings to be applied to a scenario-based discussion activity.   

Women & Harm Reduction: A Capacity Building Workshop

Designed to help build and strengthen an organization or professional’s response to working with women who use drugs. The key audience being service providers and organizations with existing harm reduction services/practices in place. It can also be a helpful starting point for agencies that would like to learn more about how they can adapt services using a harm reduction-based approach to service delivery. Some of the discussion topics include: defining harm reduction, tips and strategies for service providers by and for women who use drugs, tips and recommendations on harm reduction kits and supplies, how to create an open welcoming space for women who use drugs.

Other topics that could be incorporated or facilitated as a stand-alone workshop or presentation:
  • Introduction to HIV/HCV, transmission, testing, treatment, prevention (PEP & PrEP)
  • Best practices for sexual health
  • Harm reduction & overdose prevention.  
Arts Based Workshops:

Women are Change Makers; Interactive health and wellness arts-based workshop that encompasses identifying and celebrating strengths and connection to the community.

Smashing Stigma: Creative button making; arts-based interactive health and wellness workshop where participants share and learn and about the impacts of stigma while having the opportunity to create there own anti-stigma or positive message button/pin.

-Community and Social Unity at a Time of Physical Distance: interactive arts-based health and wellness activity that can be facilitated from a distance. Participants can also choose to share there completed work with WHAI, who will be displaying submissions in a digital gallery.  

Contact Information:

Please contact RJ Gardner at [email protected]  to arrange a workshop/training.

 705-688-0500 x201



website ASO411

phone 1.705.688.0500 (local)

phone 1.800.465.2437 (toll-free)


website  CATIE – Hepatitis C & HIV Info

phone 1.800.263.1638


website  Canadian AIDS Society

phone 1.800.668.2437


website  HIV Legal Network

phone  416.595.1666


website  Community Drug Strategy


website  ConnexOntario

phone  Drug & Alcohol 1.800.565.8603 

phone  Mental Health 1.866.531.2600


website  Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance

phone  1.800.839.0369


website  HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic ON

phone  1-888-705-8889


website  LGBT Youth Hotline

phone  1.800.268.YOUTH


website  Ontario AIDS Network

phone  1.800.839.0369


website Ontario HIV Treatment Network

phone  1.877.743.6486


website SWANS


website  WHAI


website  World Hepatitis Alliance