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Community Action Teams Knowledge Exchange

Community Action Teams (CATs) are an integral part of responding to the overdose crisis in BC. The CAT Knowledge Exchange will connect all 35 CATs throughout BC to share learning and accelerate local work to address the overdose crisis.

Knowledge Exchange

We are holding another event on March 17, 2021! Download our poster to learn more and register.

The CAT knowledge exchange aims to accelerate this local action being taken to address the overdose crisis through increased connection among and between CATs. Virtual learning and networking between October 2020 and March 2021 will aim to build skills and relationships locally, regionally and provincially. This initiative is funded by the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions and guided by a provincial advisory group of diverse individuals who represent CATs and includes people with lived and/or living experience.

Fall 2020

  • Peer Virtual Facilitation Training (Oct 27 & 28) – Focus on capacity building in a virtual setting for a minimum of two Peer Facilitators from each CAT. See training agenda here.
  • Knowledge Exchange Event (Oct 29) – Open to all CAT members, focus on holding space for peer voices and leadership, including a panel and networking. See event agenda here.

Winter 2021

  • Peer Virtual Facilitation Training (Feb 3) – An additional offering of the training from fall 2020. See training agenda here.
  • Virtual Facilitation Training 2.0 (Feb 24) – A continuation of the virtual facilitation training featuring more advanced Zoom skills. See training agenda here.
  • Knowledge Exchange Session (Mar 17) – This two-hour session will include opportunities for small group discussions, as well as presentations from CATs in different regions. See poster here.

Self Care & Safety for Online Events

Events can be dynamic, exciting places to learn and meet other people. However, we recognize that they can also be draining, especially in the virtual world, and we are striving to create safe virtual spaces. You can check out our full Virtual Safety Plan – this resource offers some guidance for taking care of yourself before, during and after a virtual event.


Frequently Asked Questions

See the answers to some of our frequently asked questions below! Can’t find what you were looking for? Email substanceuse@staging.bcpsqc.ca

CAT Knowledge Exchange Information Package

This event is free for all participants! In fact, peers will be compensated for their time to participate. See “What funding is available for CATs” for more details.

We have allocated the same amount of funding for each CAT. Once your CAT registers, we will work with whoever is coordinating finances for your CAT to get a funding letter signed and an invoice complete. Once CATs have received the money, it will be up to CATs to ensure that peers receive that appropriate compensation in the format that works best for them (e.g., gift cards).

We have allocated the same amount of funding for each CAT. Once your CAT registers, we will work with whoever is coordinating finances for your CAT to get a funding letter signed and an invoice complete. Once CATs have received the money, it will be up to CATs to ensure that peers receive that appropriate compensation in the format that works best for them (e.g., gift cards).

We will transfer the money to CATs and then peers will be paid through their CATs. We recognize that each CAT has a different set up and different processes to remunerate their peers.

Funding must cover compensating participating peers for their time at the rate of $25/hour.

The remaining amount can be allocated depending on the specific needs and wants of your CAT. Some suggestions are:

  • Supporting more peers to attend all or part of the event and compensating them for their time.
  • Offering additional compensation to peers to apply and practice their new skills during a follow-up local CAT meeting.
  • Addressing any accessibility needs of peers.
  • Renting a space for peers and other CAT members to sign in and participate from (as per COVID guidelines).
  • Covering any child or elder care to ensure that peers are able to participate.
  • Providing food and/or coffee for peers during the knowledge exchange.
  • Purchasing a Zoom account that the CAT can use following the knowledge exchange ($200/annually).

We are open to discussing other suggestions for how to best use this funding to foster peer leadership in the virtual world. Ultimately, your CAT has autonomy to decide what makes the most sense for your CAT and peers.

If you do not need the $2000 to support involvement in the knowledge exchange, we recommend identifying ways to support peer leadership with your CAT in the virtual world. For example, purchasing a Zoom license that peers could allow them to practice and apply what they learn during this knowledge exchange, or investing it in additional peer time to support local skill sharing in your community CAT work.


Sign Up for the CAT Knowledge Exchange Newsletter

Fill out the form below to stay informed about our work, events and learning opportunities. You will receive updates on the CAT Knowledge Exchange that originate from our provider, CyberImpact, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Questions? Contact us at substanceuse@staging.bcpsqc.ca

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council will collect personal information under section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of distributing newsletters. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information please contact: Kevin Smith at 604.668.8213.

References

  1. Community Action Initiative. Community Action Teams [Internet]. BC; 2020. Available from: https://caibc.ca/grants-training/oerc-cai-stream-grants/oerc-cai-stream-1
  2. Government of British Columbia. Overdose Emergency Response Centre Terms of Reference [Internet]. BC; 2017 Nov 20. Available from: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/overdose-awareness/terms_of_reference_nov_30_final.pdf

Key Contact

Kate Harris
Leader, Health System Improvement
kharris@staging.bcpsqc.ca
778.931.1252