K2A Events

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Reality Check - Considerations for Community-Based Research

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

There are several important conversations and considerations we must contemplate regarding our approach to HIV social science research in Canada.  As we look at our research output through current realities inclusive of HIV and COVID-19 epidemiology in Canada, it becomes apparent that we must rethink what we mean when we employ the language of social and structural determinants, health equity, and how we use frameworks such as the HIV treatment cascade and care continuum in our work.  How can we better bridge the disconnect between primary, secondary and tertiary supports available though public health and community services, the health equity barriers highlighted in our community-based HIV / AIDS organizations and opioid response, and the utility and impact of HIV research on our overarching goal of “Getting to Zero”.

If we focus on implementation science as our starting point, how can we develop evidence-based interventions that are adopted and successfully maintained at the community level, and that are effective at engaging more complexly marginalized people? There may need to be an alternate set of considerations brought into play as we seek to conduct research with community-based HIV / AIDS organizations and those engaged in the opioid response.  A look at the present circumstances of organizations delivering care, services and supports to the most vulnerable communities of individuals impacted by HIVSTBBIs, the opioid overdose epidemic and COVID-19 should provide pause for researchers with new HIV social science research initiatives in development. Community-based practitioners may reconsider their implementation science-focused goals through the reality check that is the current state of the community-based HIV / AIDS response.

More information: https://www.cahr-acrv.ca/conference/ 

Maintaining our Focus in responding to the HIV pandemic – Saving Lives, Livelihoods and Preventing New HIV infections while living with Covid-19

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Presented by Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, this sessopn will open with a brief overview of the status of the global pandemic highlighting successes and challenges in terms of the UNAIDS 2020 Fast Track Strategy.  An update of new scientific advances will be provided with a particular focus on HIV infection in young women. The impact of Covid-19 on the HIV response including research will be touched on.  The presentation will conclude with some considerations on what we need to be doing differently and important knowledge gaps that need to be filled to get us back on track towards the UN 2030 goals of ending AIDS as a public health threat. 

More information: https://www.cahr-acrv.ca/conference/