Research at PAN

 

The Community-Based Research program exists to facilitate, support and grow community-based research initiatives and partnerships that address HIV and related issues in British Columbia and across Canada. The core element of this program is the Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research, 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 community based research, community-identified research priorities, and opportunities for collaboration, training, and funding. Through this program, we work to help foster HIV CBR in the province by linking academic researchers with community-based groups, people living with HIV (PLHIV), and public health and government agencies and supporting these partnerships.

Please see our CBR Resources for links to reports and and tools.

 

Current PAN Research Work

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

  • Making It Work Project: The Making It Work: Supporting Community Approaches to Integrated Service Models for People Living with HIV, HCV, Ill Mental Health, and/or Problematic Substance Use Project is a community-based research project in British Columbia getting underway in 2017.
  • 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, access to health and social services, and HIV prevention.
  • The BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index: This dynamic research project in born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination. Linked to the international HIV Stigma Index initiative, it is the first community-based research (CBR) study in British Columbia to document experiences of stigma and discrimination from the perspective of people living with HIV.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • REACH CBR Collaborative Centre: The REACH CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS aims to foster rigorous, relevant community-based research 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.

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.

 

 

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  • All Program and Projects
  • Community Based Research
  • Evaluation and Program Science
  • Positive Leadership Development Institute
  • Training and Leadership
  • The Research and Evaluation work at Pacific AIDS Network is funded through a partnership with the CIHR CBR Collaborative, a program of REACH 2.0.  REACH 2.0 is “a nation-wide, innovative, virtual laboratory for intervention research, participatory evaluation, and applied program science in HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections.” The PAN Research and… Read more »

  • “Community-based research is research that is conducted with and for, not on, members of a community.” (Kerry Strand. 2003. Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices, p. xxi) Community-based research (CBR) is a methodological practice that places community partnerships at the forefront. promote an interdisciplinary framework that recognizes the multiple social, economic, political and health… Read more »

  • PAN’s Community-Based Research (CBR) program facilitates and supports community-based research initiatives and partnerships to address HIV and HCV  in British Columbia and across Canada.  This program is possible thanks to our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS. Through CBR  we work to help foster CBR in the province by linking… Read more »

  • One of the key pieces in our Training and Leadership program is the Positive Leadership  Development Institute (PLDI). The purpose of PLDI is to support people living with HIV/AIDS to realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. PLDI features three modules to engage people at various stages of… Read more »

  • As part of our Training and Leadership program, webinar topics are  developed with community input gathered at our annual meeting with people from across BC, through our annual Members and Stakeholder Surveys, and by following public health trends and emerging issues. Our goal is to provide member organizations and the community information they can use… Read more »

  • PAN works to facilitate, support and grow participatory evaluation initiatives and associated partnerships that address HIV, HCV and and related issues in British Columbia and across Canada.  This work is made possible through our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS. PAN works within a participatory and community-based evaluation framework: we work to build… Read more »

  • Each year our Fall Conference focuses on key issues in HIV and HCV work in order to educate, support and connect people working across BC. The annual meeting, Executive Directors’ Summit and People Living with HIV forum also identify and prioritize advocacy issues for PAN to address.  The 2017 event will be October 25 and… Read more »

  • The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) supports people who are living with HIV to realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. Developed in partnership with the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN), these learning modules have supported many people to go on to pursue paid and volunteer work with new… Read more »

  • Going on a weekend training with peers who have HIV can be life-changing. People arrive to meet other attendees and often feel nervous and uncertain about what to expect and how they will do. When the weekend program is finished, people  don’t want to leave. But what does happen when people leave? How does PLDI training… Read more »

  • The Positive Leadership Development Institute News blog covers information about the multi-module PLDI training as well as information about PLDI grads. Some have gone on to work in the HIV sector as researchers, educators, support workers, and more. Read stories on what it’s like to work in community-based research work from someone with lived experience; read… Read more »

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