Positive Living, Positive Homes

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Research Highlights:

Take a look at this short video to learn more about the Positive Living, Positive Homes study and findings:

Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH) is a community-based research project in British Columbia born out of the community’s identification of housing as a critical health determinant for people living with, or at risk of, HIV and AIDS. While community-based organizations recognize housing is an important issue for  people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and those most “at risk,” housing for PLHIV and those at-risk is not systematically addressed in policies and programs.

The PLPH study has been fostering community-based research in BC since 2008, developing capacity and supporting national HIV and housing research links. A multi-stakeholder investigative team was formed of PLHIV, HIV service organizations, researchers, related community-based organizations, and representatives from our government partner organizations such as BC Housing and various health authorities. The research project is led by PAN Executive Director Jennifer Evin Jones and Dr. Cathy Worthington of the University of Victoria.



Positive Living, Positive Homes uses a case-study approach to:

  • Investigate PLHIV experiences of housing and health over time, exploring the personal, social and structural factors that influence health and well-being;
  • Examine how housing and HIV programs, services and policies have influenced access to housing and interacted with housing experiences to influence health and well-being;
  • Document the successes and challenges of various housing-related policies, and identify best practices for HIV and housing programs, services and policies so they may better meet the needs of PLHIV;
  • Mobilize research findings on HIV and housing in BC into actionable policy recommendations in order to improve community-based organizations’ ability to deliver programs and services.


Research Process

2014: Development of four interview guides using a participatory approach to research method development. The guides contain over 200 open-ended questions, prompts, and visual research activities. Full ethics approval was granted by the University of Victoria in July of 2014.

2015: Three site coordinators – Prince George, Kamloops, and Greater Vancouver – began the process of interviewing people living with HIV. The participants were interviewed again in 2016 to see how things had changed for them over the course of the year.

2016: Service providers and decision makers from the three communities were interviewed in 2016 to explore the various housing needs and pressures faced by different regions of the province.

2017: Analysis and knowledge translation to move the information into communities. Given the project’s community-grounded research objectives, it is hoped and anticipated that this study will impact housing programs and policies in BC, promoting greater access to suitable, affordable and culturally or otherwise appropriate housing services.

2018: We have shared our findings in a number of ways (see below) and will continue through the end of our funding cycle March 31, 2019.


Knowledge Translation and Resources

Darren Lauscher and Janice Duddy at CAHR 2019

2019: The Tangle of HIV Disclosure, Stigma and Housing: Supporting Self Determination of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) (presented at Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR) 2019

2019: “Yeah, my kids are number one”: stories from Positive Living, Positive Homes (blog)

2019: The Cost of Living: the Lower Mainland’s Affordability Crisis and PLPH (blog)

2019: Understanding Home: Exploring complex relationships between housing and health of people living with HIV in British Columbia (presentation at National Congress on Housing and Homelessness)

2019: “Time goes flying away”: How housing insecurity affects time for health (blog)

2018: Home and Choice (blog)

2018: Housing and Health: Connecting Policy to Practice (Cleo Neville, University of Victoria and PAN)

2018: Innovations and Challenges in Housing Provision for People Living with HIV in BC (Poster at Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) conference)

2018: Pets a Key to Health, Positive Living Positive Home Study Confirms (blog)

2018: Bringing Research Home: Findings from Positive Living Positive Homes and BC Stigma Index (webinar on-demand)

2017: Spotlight on Community-Based Research: Positive Living, Positive Homes (slides)

2016: Positive Living, Positive Homes Update (Ignite-style webinar on-demand)

2016: Mapping Home: Positive Living, Positive Homes at CAHR 2016 (blog)

2015: Housing, health and HIV  (blog)

2013: 2013: Knowledge Translation in Action: Creating Policy Change through Housing Research. (slides from consultant Debbie Thompson at February 2013 Knowledge to Action: Strategic Directions in Community-Based Research event that PAN hosted)

2013: Faces of UVic Research Video: Cathy Worthington speaks about Positive Living, Positive Homes

2012: The PLPH team met to learn about CBR and to develop research questions for the study. Below are links to download the presentations from this workshop (*please note that the larger presentations will take some time to download):

Ethics in CBR

CBR – Quantitative Case Study

CBR – Qualitative Case Study

Developing a Research Question

Positive Spaces, Health Places: Moving Research Into Action – Demonstrating the Links between Housing and Health of People Living with HIV in Ontario

Positive Places, Healthy Spaces: Influencing Housing Services and Policies for People Living with HIV: Some Lessons Learned, Success Stories and Challenges from Positive Spaces, Healthy Places


The Pacific AIDS Network would like to thank the Canadian Institute for Health Research for a Catalyst Grant to complete Phase I and an HIV/AIDS CBR Operating Grant for Phase II of this study. We would also like to thank the CIHR Centre for REACH for their support.

  • 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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