Positive Living, Positive Homes: Official Launch!

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The Pacific AIDS Network is pleased to announce that the study has been officially launched in all three of its case study communities. Study site coordinators in Prince George and Greater Vancouver (Devyn Flesher and Mona Lee) have been interviewing people living with HIV (PLHIV), as well as service providers and policy makers, since the summer. In Kamloops, Vicki Nygaard (our most recent addition to the team) has just begun recruitment and will be interviewing participants imminently.

Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH) is a community-based research study being co-led by Pacific AIDS Network and the University of Victoria. It is a multi-site case study exploring the relationship between housing and health for people living with HIV in Greater Vancouver, Prince George, and Kamloops, and is guided by a team of more than 40 people, including people living with HIV, community service workers, academics, and policy makers. PLPH aims to document people’s experiences with housing and health in order to outline housing successes and challenges in these regions. The ultimate goal of the study is to support communities in their efforts to improve housing services, programs, and policies for PLHIV around the province.

We are grateful to our team and local advisory groups for helping get the data collection phase started by putting up posters in their organizations and creating a buzz via word of mouth and email. Let’s keep the momentum going! We’re still looking to recruit people in these three communities, particularly from some populations that are harder to engage in research, including younger PLHIV (19-30 years old), stably housed PLHIV, and those from immigrant communities. If you know anyone who might be interested in participating, please direct them to the appropriate contacts, listed below.

Positive Living, Positive Homes team contacts:

Greater Vancouver, Mona Lee, Site Coordinator: 778-984-1023, [email protected]

Prince George, Devyn Flesher, Site Coordinator: 778-349-7402, [email protected]k.org

Kamloops, Vicki Nygaard, Site Coordinator: 250-320-7184, [email protected]

Thank you to everyone who helped us get to this point. We’ll continue to keep you updated on our progress in the coming months!

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For copies of recruitment posters, or if you have general questions about the study, please contact Heather Picotte, Research Coordinator: 250-221-1617, [email protected]

This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Infection and Immunity: HIV/AIDS and has been granted an ethics certificate from the University of Victoria’s Research Ethics Board.