PLAY IT SAFER NETWORK:
The Play It Safer Network is a community-based network located in northern Manitoba. Our goal is to implement a community based (Northern Manitoba/Saskatchewan) strategy to address STBBIs and Harm Reduction through education, prevention, treatment, and medical and social supports.
The Network welcomes anyone who lives in northern Manitoba/Saskatchewan and is living with, affected by, or has an interest in issues related to STBBIs and Harm Reduction.
How we are involved in community:
The PISN consists of over 40 members who provide awareness and educational information on STBBIs and Harm Reduction. Meetings are held on a monthly basis to maintain a communication strategy and promote partnerships throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan including northern, rural, and First Nation communities.
- Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Week/World AIDS Day Community Awareness Campaign
- Annual Hepatitis Awareness Month (May) & World Hepatitis Day (July) participation
- Development of "UnWANTED" Graphic Novel, Drama Production and Related Resources
- Community Campaigns-Trapper's Festival, Trout Festival, and Summer Campaigns
- Distribution of safer sex kits in local service provider locations, educational institutions, and bars/lounges
- Providing educational presentations on sexual health and youth related issues/concerns
- Community Outreach Campaigns- community clean up, Sharps disposal education
The Northern AIDS Network now known as the Play It Safer Network was formed in 1992. Although the name had changed, the goals of the Network remain the same – to address the needs of the community and reduce the rates of STBBIs. The Network continues to grow and would not have accomplished so much without the support of our membership-45 members and growing.