Pacific AIDS Network’s work in community-based research (CBR) investigates issues that BC communities have identified as important, including stigma, housing and case management processes. CBR builds community knowledge and decision-making and it also helps provide information that can be used to promote positive policy change and collective action.
We use findings from research to work with allies in community, health authorities, and other stakeholders to inform them of health and social inequities, and to identify directions for change.
Community-based research studies at Pacific AIDS Network
The BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index (often called the Stigma Index) is a dynamic research project in British Columbia born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination. Linked to the international People Living with 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.
Housing has been identified 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. Findings from Positive LIving, Positive Homes is being used to identify inequities and policy recommendations.
Making It Work (MIW) is an Indigenous-focused, community-based research project aimed at understanding what services work well for people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and/or challenges with mental health and/or substance use. Researchers wish to better understand whether people facing these challenges experience better outcomes when they access services from organizations that approach care through an Indigenous view of health and well-being and also link case management services with community development programs.