Universities without Walls (fondly referred to as UWW) provides distance education “that moves people and HIV research evidence into practice, and practice into research.” Projects are community-based enquiry to benefit community outcomes. UWW principles include openness, collaboration, plain language, and making research skills visible and accessible to all involved. UWW offers e-learning options you can access as needed.
It also supports an HIV research training program that provides training fellowships to promising emerging Canadian HIV researchers. The 2017 Research Fellows of UWW were recently announced and they include Sarah Chown, Executive Director of BC’s YouthCO. PAN extends congratulations to Sarah!
Sarah describes her UWW project:
I’ll be moving into my UWW fellowship program with YouthCO’s amazing Indigenous team! Together, we will engage a group of Indigenous youth to steer our project activities, offer monthly programming that blends traditional activities and knowledge with sexual health and harm reduction education, and implement impactful, manageable, youth-led evaluation.
Other 2017 research projects include PrEP uptake, peer-led, community-based HIV intervention for queer male youth, and access to chronic disease management in remote, rural and Northern regions of Canada. See all the 2017 Research Fellows and what they propose to do.
Questions? Feedback? Get in touch!
Janet Madsen, Capacity Building and Knowledge Translation Coordinator, [email protected]