The Community-Based Research program exists to facilitate, support and grow community-based research initiatives and partnerships that address HIV/AIDS and related issues in British Columbia and across Canada. The core element of this program is the CBR Manager, a position made possible through our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS.

PAN’s CBR program is a key source of information on emerging trends in HIV/AIDS community based research, community-identified research priorities, and opportunities for collaboration, training, and funding. Through this program, we work to help foster HIV/AIDS CBR in the province by linking academic researchers with community-based groups, PHAs, and public health and government agencies and supporting these partnerships.

If you have a research idea, we can help you to develop a research question, link with researchers, develop capacity to conduct research and find sources of funding for your project. Please also visit our CBR Toolkit for links to useful resources.

Current PAN CBR Projects

PAN currently participates in a number of community-based research initiatives. These include:

  • Positive Living, Positive Homes Study: This is a study that examines the impact of quality housing and housing security on the mental and physical health of people living with HIV/AIDS, access to health and social services, and HIV prevention.
  • Impact of Food Security on Health Outcomes in People Living with HIV/AIDS Across Canada: This a CIHR-funded study that explores the prevalence of food insecurity among HIV-positive individuals. The specific objectives of the study are to investigate the primary causes, risk factors and the access barriers influencing food insecurity among people living with HIV/AIDS, and how food insecurity affects HIV health outcomes, quality of life and survival.
  • Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS): The project seeks to address a significant gap in knowledge related to the availability and utilization of women-specific HIV/AIDS-related services, and the barriers and facilitators that influence these usage patterns, as well as assessing the impact of these services on the sexual, reproductive, women’s, and mental health of women living with HIV across Canada (beginning with British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).
  • CBR Quarterly Meetings: The quarterly meetings bring together researchers and other stakeholders involved in community-based research throughout the province to share information, build partnerships, and develop a collective vision for CBR in BC.
  • CBR in BC workshops: In 2011, PAN organized a one-day workshop entitled Looking Forward, Standing Together: A Provincial Strategy for Community-Based Research in BC, funded by CIHR, and brought together diverse stakeholders to build capacity around CBR and develop a strategic vision for CBR in the province that recognizes the unique strengths and challenges of this diverse province. In 2013, we held our second workshop Knowledge to Action: Strategic Directions for Community-Based Research (K2A2013). The event brought together 70 individuals from around the province, and for two days these representatives from community-based organizations, people living with HIV/AIDS, gay men and youth, Aboriginal organizations and individuals, academic partners and other stakeholders explored and discussed how research can be moved to action.
  • REACH CBR Collaborative Centre: The REACH CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS aims to foster rigorous, relevant community-based resarch that will improve the health and well-being of people affected by HIV in communities across Canada. While the Centre is national in scope, it aims to be highly responsive to provincial and regional needs through regional teams across the country, who will work with the broader HIV and CBR communities to foster HIV/AIDS-related CBR and capacity building activities driven by regional priorities and needs. PAN’s Executive Director is the co-lead of the BC Core Team of the Centre. For updates, follow this tag on our website.

PAN’s Commitment to Integrity in Research and Scholarship

PAN recognizes its responsibility to ensure that all research and scholarship meets the highest scientific and ethical standards, including the duty of honest and thoughtful reflective inquiry, rigorous analysis, accountability and sharing findings with those who participate in PAN-endorsed research.  PAN is committed to ethical conduct in all its funded and unfunded research initiatives that involve human subjects.

PAN’s Integrity in Research and Scholarship Policy outlines the the standards by which PAN will promote and facilitate the conduct of all research in ways that respect the dignity and preserve the well-being of human research participants in all research projects undertaken by PAN, or where PAN chooses to become involved.