Formed in 1999, the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) arose in response to deep need experienced by vulnerable newcomer people living with HIV/AIDS who face significant barriers in accessing HIV treatment and services. Since that time CAAT has played a pivotal role in connecting services and educating other service organizations in the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. CAAT is being recognized for its leadership and capacity-building in promoting the health, well-being and meaningful empowerment of newcomer people living with HIV/AIDS who face barriers to treatment and services.
The founding director of the HIV Psychiatry program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Mark Halman has for 20 years been training and inspiring educators, physicians and health care and AIDS service workers in the fields of HIV/AIDS and mental health. His innovative approach to education provides excellent training experiences for students while ensuring that patients are cared for with dignity and in an environment that affirms diversity. This award recognizes Dr. Halman’s passion, innovation. dedication and collaborative leadership—locally, nationally and internationally—in advancing the fields of HIV/AIDS and mental health.