An In-Depth Look at the ETSN Program: Achievements and Areas for Growth

We are delighted to announce the completion our ETSN (Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network) Program Evaluation Report.

Since its establishment in 2003, the ETSN has endeavored to address the unique challenges faced by racialized and newcomer people living with HIV/AIDS (PHA). Our recently conducted evaluation study aimed to objectively assess the program’s impact, offering valuable insights into its successes and identifying room for improvement.

Through a mixed-methods research approach that engaged 92 ETSN graduates in a survey and included 62 graduates and stakeholders in focus groups, we gathered meaningful data. It’s encouraging to note that a majority of participants found value in the ETSN program, particularly in the domains of health literacy and community engagement. However, it’s important to recognize that this positive impact is not universal, and the study did highlight specific challenges, both internal to the program and systemic, that merit attention.

The study’s recommendations aim to refine the existing model by enhancing structured mentorship, employing web-based technologies for greater inclusivity, and advocating for sector-wide resource allocation. While the ETSN program has made strides in empowering PHAs and enriching communities, it’s clear that there’s more work to be done. This report serves as a stepping stone for continuous improvement and scaling the impact of ETSN locally and beyond.