A diversified team

The CBR Collaborative Québec regional team is co-led by Ken Monteith (Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida [COCQ-SIDA]) and  Joanne Otis (Université du Québec à Montréal); and a community-based research (CBR) coordinator from COCQ-SIDA. The team includes a peer research assistant, representatives from community-based organizations, a representative from Coalition PLUS (international coalition of Francophone community-based organizations), along with academic and clinical researchers, and public health and government representatives.

Objectives

  • Develop a wide network of community-based researchers, academics and peer research assistants, throughout the province.
  • Support multiple grant applications and promote harmonious communication between academics, clinicians and community-based researchers, within the research teams.
  • Participate in an international network of Francophone community-based organizations involved in CBR (Coalition PLUS).
  • COCQ-SIDA is eligible for CIHR funding; it has received operating, catalyst and dissemination grants.

Ongoing Initiatives

  • The “MOBILISE!” project, funded by the CIHR, is a process of mobilizing MSM, community-based organizations, clinicians and public health representatives, in Montreal, to implement combined prevention strategies (Title: “La mobilisation communautaire des hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes à Montréal : vers l’implantation de stratégies en prévention combinée du VIH.” projetmobilise.org
  • With a focus on HIV-related stigmatization, a project is underway to from PLHIV/AIDS and marginalized communities. Entitled “Partenariat visant l’évaluation de l’impact des témoignages des personnes vivant avec le VIH/sida” [Partnership to assess the impact of testimonials from people living with HIV/AIDS], this community-based research project is funded by the CIHR and the Centre for REACH 2.0. The project brings together people who have already given a public testimonial on their experience, as well as researchers and several community partners. The work committee members for the project have developed a grid to assess the impact of these testimonials. portevoixvih.org
  • From a community-based study to an art exhibition! An exhibition, which will be inaugurated in November 2017, will feature public testimonials from people who identify as belonging to a sexual and gender minority, as well as intersex people and people with sex work experience. culturesdutemoignage.ca
  • Conception, implantation et évaluation d’un projet de promotion de la santé AVEC, PAR et POUR les femmes vivant avec le VIH victimes de violence conjugale au Québec [Design, implementation and evaluation of a health promotion project WITH, BY and FOR women living with HIV who are victims of conjugal violence in Quebec] is a project that will lead to the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention taking into account the needs of women living with the HIV who are victims of conjugal violence (WLHIV-VCV) in Quebec.

Research priorities

With a view to learning more about priority research needs and operationalizing the process, a diversified work committee organized an online consultation process that led to the S, in September 2016. At this large assembly, relevant research priorities and objectives were drawn up around four broad themes:

  • Access to / Quality of care and services

The objective is to measure the myths and realities of the obstacles to care that have emerged since the health system reform, by distinguishing reality from perception and documenting the experiences of marginalized populations from the viewpoint of the populations, but also of the health professionals.

  • Stigmatization, discrimination, criminalization

to explore the discrimination and stigmatization that people living with HIV (PLHIV) experience, not forgetting the and the caseworkers who work with these people.

  • HIV Prevention

The objective is to provide screening (rapid testing and screening) and access to PrEP outside Montréal.

  • Aging, comorbidities, cognition

The objective is to document the forms of exclusions experienced in senior citizens’ homes by PLHIV aged 50 years and over; to help facilitate inclusion of PLHIV in senior citizens’ homes; and to better accompany PLHIV aged 50 years and over in an aging process that relates to their reality. Full report here.

Main successes

logementAn exploratory study on housing and HIV in Quebec, “Chez nous, c’est chez toi” [Our home is your home] aimed to explore the world of HIV and housing in Quebec, based on the experience of first-line actors, that is, community-based caseworkers and residents (PLHIV).

 

 

film_soupeA short film was produced specifically to disseminate and share the results of this exploratory study. This film will fulfill the research team’s wish to disseminate the results with a view to creating awareness and educating the masses.

 

securité alimentaire_angHandy files were created to disseminate all the results of a study called “L’impact de l’insécurité alimentaire sur l’état de santé des personnes vivant avec le VIH/sida” [Impact of food insecurity on the health condition of people living with HIV/AIDS­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­] in all of Canada.

 

 

visuelfrancais visuelanglaisThe results of a survey that aimed at improving HIV prevention and screening efforts and at providing health services Montrealers originally from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Anglophone Caribbean. Thanks to the collaborative work of several partners, two leaflets are now available. The objective of these practical tools is to return the data to the parties concerned, inform the communities and encourage dialogue on a sometimes-taboo subject.

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