Quarterly CBR in BC Meetings

PAN has played a critical role in supporting the development of a strong network of community-based research stakeholders working around HIV/AIDS and related issues in the province. The impetus for these meetings came from both PAN member organizations as well as other key stakeholders including the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE), the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the CIHR Community-Based Research Facilitator.  All of us identified a shared desire to formalize meetings in order to allow for greater communication and coordination as regards community-based research. 

In October 2010, PAN, PHSA and the BCCfE organized an ad-hoc meeting in Vancouver with twelve local participants, including PHAs and representatives from public health, community-based organizations and other researchers. At this meeting, it was articulated that much work needed to be done to help build more pathways of communication and collaboration among researchers, community-based organizations and PHAs. The clear need to bring stakeholders throughout BC to the discussion table was also identified as was the need for a more fulsome process of consultation that was inclusive of all communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

It was agreed to make these meetings a quarterly affair. In February, 2011, PAN organized the second CBR in BC meeting, which was attended by 27 representatives from various agencies and organizations, including members of the Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS. A third meeting took place in June 2011 and the fourth meeting coincided with the CBR event Looking Forward, Standing Together: A Provincial Strategy for Community-Based Research in BC. Thereafter, the meetings have continued on a quarterly basis.

PAN will continue to work on developing sustainable capacity for PHAs and community-based organizations to meaningfully participate in the housing and food security studies but also to become more involved in CBR in general. These quarterly meetings will help to further the development of partnerships with key stakeholders, researchers and academics to help build an effective CBR network that spans the entire province (and is not just localized to Vancouver). PAN looks forward to deepening existing partnerships and creating new opportunities for collaboration for community-based research in BC. 

For more information on the CBR in BC Quarterly Meetings, and how you or your organization can become involved, please contact PAN’s CBR Manager:

Andrea Langlois, andrea@pacificaidsnetwork.org  or by phone: 250-213-7464

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