K2A Events

K2A Events

Not Without Us! (NWU) 

February 6-8, 2019
Halifax, NS
Funders:  CAHR, CSIH, REACH2.0/Universities Without Walls 

A Learning Institute for and by Peer Researchers working on Intervention Research and CBR on HIV, Hep C and STBBIs. CAHR, CSIH and UWW will partner to deliver a Peer Researcher Learning Institute workshop to support mid-career investigators, post-doctoral students, and community scholars who are planning to hire “peers” for one or all phases of an intervention research study. Peers are defined here as people living with the chronic condition such as HIV, Hep C, and other STBBI.

Saskatoon in the Spotlight! Pre-CAHR CBR Skills-Building Workshop

May 8-9th, 2019, Room – TBD
TCU Place, 22 Street East, Saskatoon, SK 

What is this Workshop about?

  • Opportunity to attend a ground-breaking HIV/HCV Community Based Research (CBR) training workshop in Saskatoon that will be culturally appropriate, and Indigenous-led by local researchers, front-line organizations, and activists from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • We will weave land-based experience and Indigenous ways of knowing into workshop format in collaboration with local Saskatchewan & Indigenous research organizations.
  • Educational topics will include HIV and HCV CBR/Patient-Oriented research- with a Program Science focus.
  • Workshop will include cultural responsive framework led by Willie Ermine from Sturgeon Lake FN.


Saskatchewan has the highest rate of HIV in Canada, and Indigenous populations within Saskatchewan and throughout Canada continue to be disproportionately affected. 

As part an effort to address this situation, this CBR skills building workshop will bring together Indigenous community members, peer research associates, research leaders and others to build community based research capacity, discuss the scale-up of successful interventions, and seek solutions to key issues impacting HIV/HCV/STBBI treatment, care, and preventative programming. The workshop will take place as an ancillary meeting of the 28th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research and is a partnership between the: Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR); Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH);  Canadian Institutes of HIV Research (CIHR); Universities Without Walls (UWW); Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN); and the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour (SHARE). 

Limited space is available, please register right away!

To register, and for more information, contact Terry Howard – glasshouseconsult@gmail.com

Rural Harm Reduction Interventions

May 9, 2019, as an ancillary to CAHR 2019, Saskatoon, SK
TCU Place Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK 
Funders:  CAHR, CSIH, CIHR

This meeting will address a major gap in harm reduction research and practice which often overlooks the needs of people who use drugs residing in small, rural, and remote communities, inclusive of Indigenous communities (henceforth non-urban).  The workshop will aim to address these gaps in harm reduction for non-urban communities in Canada by convening an inter-disciplinary/professional group to undertake a series of tasks culminating in a multi-stakeholder dialogue and planning event. The specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  1. 1.Produce a scoping review of the academic, grey, and community-produced HIV, addictions and harm reduction literature relevant to non-urban harm reduction issues;
  2. 2.Host a meeting to bring together HIV and harm reduction researchers, health/service
  3. providers, community and other stakeholders to disseminate research and practice-based knowledge;
  4. 3.Develop a non-urban harm reduction working group and plan a series of future studies
  5. focused on city, regional, provincial, and Canada wide issues.

Outputs will include: a scoping review for publication; a meeting where speakers will share their research, practice experience, and lived experience; a community report for wide distribution; and subsequent research grants.  Together these outputs  have the potential of informing healthcare and social service delivery for people who use drugs in Canada.

Where are we now? Supporting alternative methods to HIV testing and Canada’s 90-90-90 Targets through implementation science research

May 9, 2019, as an ancillary to CAHR 2019, Saskatoon, SK
TCU Place Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK 
Funders:  Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour (SHARE), REACH2.0, CSIH, CAHR

This meeting will continue the rich discussion of the CAHR 2018 ancillary, Exploring alternative methods to HIV testing to meet Canada’s Obligation to UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets, and examine how HIV-STBBI testing, both nationally and regionally, has progressed. Last year, the National HIV/AIDS Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) brought together partners and participants to reflect on alternative and emerging methods for HIV testing. This year, SHARE and REACH 2.0 will build on these discussions of testing technologies and innovative approaches. In this session, and participants will have an opportunity to learn about and share experiences with dry blood spot testing (community-based and self-collection), the Insti Self-Test and pharmacy-based point-of-care rapid testing.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate research studies on alternatives to standard HIV testing approaches.
  2. Compare and contrast HIV testing alternatives to the standard approach
  3. Engage meaningfully in policy-focused discussions on HIV-STBBI testing in Canada