History of Peel HIV/AIDS Network
In 1991, three public health nurses identified a gap in HIV/AIDS counseling services in Peel. A needs assessment was conducted involving health workers, agencies and affected community members and, as a result, an information-sharing network emerged.
By 1992, the Ontario Ministry of Health announced funding for community-based AIDS projects and the Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) was born. Incorporated in 1993, PHAN directors developed a mission statement and hired the first Executive Director to coordinate services, created HIV/AIDS awareness in Peel and referred clients to appropriate services.
PHAN today is the pre-eminent HIV/AIDS Service provider in the Region of Peel with a staff responsible for different health promotion, community education and client support programs, with the dedicated support from many volunteers who help with program development and delivery.
Valued community partners include Canadian AIDS Society, Ontario AIDS network, Peel Public Health, many AIDS Service organizations in the GTA, and community and clinical service providers in the Region of Peel.
We thank our key funding partners, such as Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Agency of Canada, United Way of Peel Region, Trillium Foundation, Peel Public Health and many others over the year. Without their support we would be unable to carry out our mission.