Identifying Saskatchewan’s research priorities

On March 18th SHARE (Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour) held a priority setting meeting to identify regional and provincial research priorities among it’s stakeholders. Delegates representing clinical, lived experience, academic, community, laboratory and policy perspectives were invited to attend. The meeting was held at Station 20 West, a community enterprise hub in Saskatoon; 40 people attended the meeting, 10 of whom identified as Peers (People Living with HIV). A short presentation from SCPOR (Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research) highlighted ten ways that delegates could access funding or seek different supports for their research projects.

By the end of the meeting, the top five research priorities identified were (in no particular order):

  • Harm Reduction and PrEP
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Testing and Linkage to Care
  • Peer Led Work
  • Prisons, Institutions, Housing, and Homelessness

Attendees emphasized that Indigenous methodologies and inclusion of Trans and Two-Spirit Peoples must be woven throughout these priorities (and hence were not identified as separate priorities). Further, people felt that Peer-Led Work should be included as its own priority to highlight the importance of GIPA and MEPA in all research.

The full report will be available soon. Watch this space!

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