Community Health Forum: U=U and the Potential Impacts & Limits of HIV Treatment Science
Date: November 22, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
This event brought attention to U=U and the potential impacts and limits of HIV treatment science. The undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) campaign is an international movement which unites communities of people living with HIV, community-based agencies, health care providers and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The forum unpacked the history and science behind U=U and what the statement means for all people living with HIV in daily life. Speakers included Bruce Richman (Prevention Access Campaign) and Camille Arkell (CATIE), and others participated in a panel discussion. Other funders included: CATIE, ACT, UWW, and OHTN.
Program Science in HIV and HCV
Date: October 29, 2017
Location: Ottawa, ON
Session Overview: Program science and related fields such as intervention research and implementation science emphasize research on programming and implementation issues, and the translation of that scientific knowledge into action to improve the population health. No area has a more persistent need for knowledge translation than the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as HIV, HCV and other STBBIs. Program science has evolved as a result of thorough analysis of research and implementation best practices across disciplines and content areas organizing the framework that describes and depicts the high-level processes necessary to move from discovery into action through translation of evidence-based programs, practices, or policies.
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/ltMja5S9XDM
Being Pragmatic in Getting to the 90-90-90 Targets in Canada
Date: April 7, 2017
Location: Montréal, QC
Session Overview: Reaching the 90-90-90 HIV care cascade targets is now a national priority. Health care providers, public health agencies, front-line community-based agencies, researchers, and decision makers across the country are engaged in innovative and pragmatic efforts to support people living with HIV in the HIV care cascade, and to achieve the UNAIDS targets by 2020. This program science plenary showcased work underway in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec to build and scale up monitoring of the HIV care cascade. Presenters shared information about the data platforms and systems evolving to monitor the cascade and about interventions being used to help people living with HIV stay connected to care.
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn-H5-DI8pE