PAN Affiliated Researchers


PAN works with researchers from academic institutions, health authorities, and other agencies from across British Columbia and is grateful for their engagement in community-based research principles, mutual support for PAN studies and commitment to genuine partnerships.

Dr. Catherine Worthington

Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

Principal Investigator: CBR Collaborative, REACH, Positive Living, Positive Homes

Co-Investigator: Making It Work, BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index

Catherine Worthington, Ph.D., is a faculty member and Director of the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Cathy has a long history of collaboration with HIV communities in conducting community-based and participatory research. As a key partner in PAN’s Community-Based Research Program, Cathy is the co-lead (with PAN’s executive director Evin Jones) for the BC Core Team of the CIHR CBR Collaborative and CIHR Centre for REACH and is the academic lead of the Positive Living, Positive Homes community-based research study on HIV and housing in BC. To learn more about Cathy, view this Faces of UVic Research video and her presentation titled: Working Together: A Dialogue for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Research Partners.

To learn more about Cathy’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.


Dr. Nancy Clark

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Co-Principal Investigator: Making It Work Study

Dr. Clark is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Development, School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Nancy is an alumna of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC and Intersections in Mental Health and Addiction Research Training with Canadian Institute of Health Research. Nancy’s research is informed by social justice, intersectionality and equity-oriented health policy. Critical ethnographic and community based participatory action research methods are used in her work with structurally vulnerable groups, including groups affected by displacement and intersections of mental health conditions including HIV.

To learn more about Nancy and her approach to research please see her “5 questions with…” blog post.


Sherri Pooyak

Community-Based Research Manager, Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Co-Principal Investigator: Making It Work Study

Sherri Pooyak is of Cree ancestry from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Victoria, BC. Sherri Graduated with a Masters’ of Social Work in 2009, her work focusing on Indigenous women involved in sex work, and focused on the positive aspects of familial relationships and the resilience of Indigenous women who are involved in the sex trade. She has been engaged in Indigenous health research for over ten years and now, as the Community-Based Research Manager with the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre) with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Sherri is focused on the area of Indigenous research involving HIV and AIDS. As the Community-Based Research Manager, Sherri assists Indigenous communities in developing their research capacities, managing Community-Research Associates and mentoring Indigenous students who are interested in Indigenous health research.

To learn more about Sherri and her approach to research please see her “5 questions with…” blog post.


Sophie Bannar-Martin

Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Disease and Harm Reduction, Island Health

Principal Investigator: BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Study

Sophie Bannar-Martin holds a Master of Public Health and is the Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Diseases and Harm Reduction for Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Sophie has worked with Island Health since 2014 and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of regional programs and services addressing bloodborne disease prevention, testing and treatment as well as harm reduction and related aspects of the opioid overdose response. Sophie is the Principal Investigator for the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project and helps guide data analysis, knowledge translation, and intervention planning for its best application to healthcare and people’s experiences of HIV stigma in BC.


PAN is also pleased to be able to support the next generation of researchers and public health professionals by hosting trainees through practicums and other learning opportunities.

Joanna Tulloch

MPH Practicum Student, UVIC – 2019

Joanna has been a nurse since 2009 and has spent the majority of her career living and working in Whitehorse, Yukon. Joanna is currently working on her second year of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Victoria and will be completing a practicum with the Pacific AIDS Network as part of that program from January to April 2019.

To learn more about Joanna’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.

  • All Program and Projects
  • Positive Leadership Development Institute
  • Training and Leadership
  • Community Based Research
  • Evaluation and Program Science
  • 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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