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Past K2A Events

Reality Check - Considerations for Community-Based Research

May 6th, 2021There 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”.

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

May 7th, 2021 - Presented by Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, this session presented 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 was provided with a particular focus on HIV infection in young women. The impact of Covid-19 on the HIV response including research was addressed. The presentation concluded 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. 

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May 4, 2021 - Held in conjunction with the 2021 CAHR Conference, this New Investigator Workshop brought together over 50 aspiring HIV/HCV/STBBI researchers – ranging from Master’s students to New Faculty — from all research disciplines including community-based research.  Co-chairs Dr. Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital) and Dr. Keith Fowke (University of Manitoba) led mentorship sessions and presentations from leading Canadian researchers on topics such as getting your grant-funded, publishing, and working with the media as part of the one-day event.   Registration was free.  CAHR and CSIH thank its partner on this event (The Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases).  Session recordings of the event can be found on YouTube.  



This online workshop series intends to disrupt traditional form of Knowledge, Transfer and Exchange (KTE) by offering well-informed, reflective cases of peer researcher experience on intervention research prepared and presented by the very peer researchers living with HIV who participate in them. It uses a blended pedagogical methodology to bring together a number of cases of program science interventions and the perspectives and narratives of the persons living with HIV involved.

Culminating with a virtual platform that showcases the participants’ experiences available here. Our Peer Researchers challenge you to pay attention to their advice in the works produced at the heart this workshop- how research intervenes in their private lives, how getting paid in ways that are not damaging to their disability status is so difficult, and the "inherent ableism of academic workspaces - slaves to the rhythm of institutions and their instruments.”

This workshop was featured in the May issue of the POZ PLANET magazine, available here.


February 24, 2021 - A virtual event convening those working on HIV to discuss the possibilities and limits of art-based research interventions on HIV and HCV. Special guests included arts-based practitioners and persons with lived experience:  Patriic Gayle, Jessica Whitbread, Gladys Kwaramba, Dr. Lori Chambers, Dr. Sarah Switzer and Dr. Rachel Landy. Hosted by Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco.


January 20, 2021 – A virtual event was held to discuss, in a public online forum, research and lived experience of gay men living with HIV involved in research or community programming related to sex and harm reduction. 


December 10, 2020 - Detailing the fundamentals of Program Science through a review of a case study from a community-led self-testing program in Mombassa, Kiambu and Kisumu, Kenya. Through a review of the planning, implementations and program monitoring processes and an overview of results, this session illustrated what Program Science looks like in practice and provided crucial lessons learned on collaborations in knowledge production.


November 4, 2020 - Following a ground-breaking Canadian study of the blood-based INSTI HIV Self Test, led by Dr. Sean B. Rourke, Health Canada approved Canada’s first HIV self-test. This virtual webinar targeted those involved in our testing initiatives and discussed the details and disseminated key messages about the approval.


October 22-23, 2020 – The K2A Alliance, in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID), hosted a virtual Professional Development Workshop for Infectious Disease Researchers. This workshop included a focus on program science and offered participants the chance to learn from those with a wealth of experience in such domains as academic leadership, building consortiums and networks, and communicating effectively with decision-makers.


October 19th, 2020 - The Canada Pavilion at AIDS 2020: Virtual showcased the contributions of Canadian researchers, community-based organizations, public health and health care providers, and governments as well as promoted Canadian best practices and achievements related to HIV and related sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) globally. Conversations continued at the Canadian Conference on Global Health with sessions on: ACB program science, peer-driven point of care HIV testing, and rights-based approach to self-care interventions.

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October 13 & 15, 2020 - In follow-up to their webinar in August: " What You Need to Know About HIV Self-Testing in Canada", Dr. Sean Rourke presented the findings from the HIV Self-Testing National Survey Results: Knowledge, Access, Usability, Supports, and Barriers, a survey of perspectives from front-line and community-based workers that will help in developing a roadmap for scaling up HIV self-testing in Canada. It also provided an update on the Health Canada approval for the INSTI HIV Self-Test and introduced materials developed that support the promotion of HIV self-testing in Canada.


August 5, 11 & 13, 2020 - The K2A Alliance partnered with REACH3.0 to host a series of national webinars focused on supporting and coordinating national testing intervention efforts to reach those who are undiagnosed with HIV and HCV.  The specific topics covered include: how HIV self-resting works, options to access HIV self-tests, why linkage to care if critical for HIV prevention and treatment, and the role of technology and community-based solutions to support HIV self-testing. The set of introductory webinars was open to all community agencies and their partners to assist in the preparation to support the launch of self-testing in Canada.

90-90-90 and the Trajectory Towards HIV Epidemic Control

May 1, 2020 – This session was presented by Dr José M. Zuniga, President of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC).  Dr. Zuniga’s presentation sought out to: recognize the 90-90-90 targets as a catalyst for data-driven HIV responses; identify best/good practices in closing gaps across the HIV care continuum; define HIV epidemic control using metrics that complement existing indicators; and describe the role of PrEP as an adjunct to TasP to achieve HIV epidemic control.  Watch the video…


May 2, 2020 – This session was presented by Dr. LaRon Nelson, Associate Dean for Global Health & Equity and the Independence Foundation Associate Professor at the Yale School of Nursing.  Dr. Nelson’s presentation offered examples of current efforts to implement multi-level research designs and interventions that promote individual-level behavior changes, network-level asset building and simultaneously targeting changes in healthcare conditions that contribute to HIV inequities in Black MSM.   Watch the video…

Program science – Enhancing Health Coverage and Equity through Partnership

October 19, 2019 - Ottawa, ON

The University of Manitoba Centre for Global Public Health (CGPH) has been working with global partners to improve equitable coverage of evidence-based health interventions. Using a program science lens which incorporates data use and problem solving within health programs, CGPH supports governments to address inequities and enhance transparency in governance.This session, presented at the 2019 Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa, provides examples of global health programs in MNCH and HIV to demonstrate the use of data and evidence to improve program coverage and enhance equity and transparency in governance. Watch the video:

Honoring Differences, Respecting Experiences, Building Global Bridges: Three Stories of HIV from Canada

October 18, 2019 - Ottawa, ON

The session highlighted common challenges faced by Indigenous Persons and Afro-Canadians living with HIV in Cnada and discussed foundational importance of the GIPA and MIPA  Principles in HIV programming

Universities Without Walls Learning Institute: Fostering of Small-scale Program Science Based Interventions with PRA’s

June 18-21, 2019 - Saskatoon, SK

This workshop brought together researchers/trainees/community members to learn theoretical concepts and practical skills to build and implement interventions, activities and projects within the framework of Program Science. 

Eshwiitood* Ni-kwayachi-Kuskehtanan - Ready, Willing, and Able! (A CBR skills-building workshop)

May 8-9, 2019 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A CBR skills-building workshop which brought 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 in Indigenous communities. 

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Advancing Harm Reduction for small, rural, and remote Canadian communities: Setting a research and practice agenda

May 9, 2019  - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A one-day workshop which brought together speakers from across Canada to share research and practice insights about harm reduction in small, rural, and remote Canadian communities.  

New Investigator Workshop

May 9, 2019 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A workshop targeted to new researchers from all disciplines (ranging from Master’s students to New Faculty) which included sessions on working with community, interventions, grant funding, writing and publishing.

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

May 9, 2019 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In partnership with the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour (SHARE) and REACH 2.0, this workshop brought together partners and participants to learn and discuss diverse tools and approaches for HIV and STBBI testing that are being developed.

Responding to lived realities: The role of community-based peer researchers

May 10, 2019 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A special session at the 28th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. The session (which included people with lived experiences, and those who work or are involved in their communities as community-based peer researchers) discussed the ethical, political, and social challenges in responding to these realities when being situated as a peer researcher.

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Testing, reaching the undiagnosed and linkages to care: Action strategy to diagnose >95% in 5 years

May 11, 2019 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A special session at the 28th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. As moderated by Dr. Sean Rourke of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, this panel session emphasized the importance of HIV and STBBI testing in priority populations, and how this testing is critical to preventing new HIV infections.

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Not Without Us! (NWU) 

February 6-8, 2019 - Location: Halifax, NS

A Learning Institute for and by peer researchers working on Intervention Research and CBR on HIV, Hep C and STBBIs to support investigators, students and scholars who are planning to hire “peers” for one or all phases of an intervention research study. Funders:  CAHR, CSIH, REACH2.0/Universities Without Walls 

Implementation Research in HIV, HCV and STBBIs interventions

November 19, 2018 - Toronto, Ontario

A special session at the Canadian Conference on Global HealthFeaturing: Stefan Baral, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; Janet Hatcher Roberts, University of Ottawa

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Toronto to Zero: How a scale-up of HIV Efforts in Toronto will impact the lives of people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada and beyond

November 19, 2018 - Toronto

A special session at the Canadian Conference on Global HealthFeaturing: Ryan Kerr, Ontario AIDS Network;  Darien Taylor;  Jean Bacon,  Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.

“Reaching the Undiagnosed” in Canada: Action Plan- Leadership and Pragmatic Implementation Solutions

June 25-27, 2018 - Kelowna, BC

This workshop focused on supporting and coordinating regional/national efforts to reach those who are undiagnosed with HIV and HCV. 

4th International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research and Intersectoral Policy Dialogue

June 15-16, 2018 - Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON

Translating HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation Interventions into Practice:  Advancing Research, Practice and Policy for Healthy Aging. 

A Patient Takeover? Integrating Program Science with Community-Based Peer Researchers

April 27, 2018

A guided panel interview followed a set of brief presentations which described the pathways of peer researchers and their academic supporters in health intervention research using HIV as a preferred example. 

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New HIV Researcher Workshop

April 26th, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

The overall goal of the CAHR New HIV Researcher Workshop was to facilitate the career development of aspiring HIV researchers. The workshop fostered the formation of peer networks between new investigators working in related or overlapping areas of research. 

No Person Left Behind: Setting the agenda for the future of HIV research with ACB communities in Canada 

April 25, 2018 - Vancouver, BC 

The objective of this workshop was to assist African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) Canadians and allied researchers, clinicians and service providers in the field of HIV to think through the nuances of conducting ethical and beneficial research with and for ACB communities.  

Professional Development Workshop for Canadian Virologists 

March 21-23, 2018 - Banff, AB

CAHR and CSIH partnered with the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) on a Professional Development Workshop for Canadian Viral Researchers to advance program and implementation science framework. 

Intervention Research and Peer Research Associates in HIV: What's the Connection? 

February 8, 2018 - Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) held a workshop focused on including Peer Research Associates (PRAs) in Intervention Research. 

Preparing to Enter the Field: An Advanced Data Collection Skills Workshop 

February 1-2, 2018 - Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) held their fourth Data Collection Skill Development Workshop, covering topics such as collecting data using semi-structured interviews, participant observation and survey methods.  

Universities Without Walls – Intervention Science Learning Institute

January 30-31, 2018 - Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) hosted a workshop for trainees (PhD, Post-Doc) whose research is focused on implementation science.+

Community Health Forum: U=U and the Potential Impacts & Limits of HIV Treatment Science

November 22, 2017 - 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. 

Program Science in HIV and HCV

October 29, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

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. Watch the video  

PrEP Readiness and Accessibility

August 31, 2017 - Toronto, ON 

This research lounge discussed issues surrounding PrEP readiness and accessibility. The article selected was "Use of an HIV-risk screening tool to identify optimal candidates for PrEP scale-up among men who have sex with men in Toronto, Canada: disconnect between objective and subjective HIV research".  

Sexual Health Research among Gay/Bi/Queer Men 

July 25, 2017 - Toronto, ON

This research lounge discussed participants' experience navigating sexual health services. The article selected was "Sexual Healthcare Preferences among Gay and Bisexual Men: A Qualitative Study in San Francisco, California". 

HIV in  Indigenous Communities, Reconciliation, and Health Research 

June 29, 2017 - Toronto, ON 

As part of honouring National Aboriginal Month, this research lounge discussed what Reconciliation means in the context of HIV prevention, treatment and care, and research. The article selected was "Approaching reconciliation: Tips from the field" by Dr. Janet Smylie. 

HIV, Long-Term Survivorship, and Quality of Life 

May 24, 2017 -- Toronto, ON 

This research lounge discussed the quality of life, health and wellbeing among HIV long-term survivors. The article selected was "Beyond viral suppression of HIV - the new quality of life frontier." 

Challenges Implementing GIPA/MIPA in HIV Research & Community Organizations 

April 18, 2017 - Toronto, ON 

This research lounge discussed the (perceived) difficulties implementing the GIPA/MIPA principle in HIV research and community organizations. The article selected was "Changing access to mental health care and social support when people living with HIV/AIDS become service providers." 

Being Pragmatic in Getting to the 90-90-90 Targets in Canada

April 7, 2017 - Montréal, QC

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.

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Data Collection Skill Development Workshop

April 5, 2017 - Montreal, QC

This one-day workshop focussed on five data collection methods used in HIV research: focus group discussions, observation/participant observation/ethnography, semi-structured interviews (in English and French), structured surveys, and arts-based methods.