HIV Community Based Research

Bringing Community & Academia together through research

Public Health & HIV CBR

Bringing Together Public Health & HIV CBR


Historically, Public Health HIV research has mostly provided the HIV community with epidemiology statistics in the form of incidence and prevalence rates up until fairly recently.


The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) adopted a population and public health approach to HIV funding approximately fifteen years ago in Canada. PHAC’s population and public health approach encourages the inclusion and direct involvement of the HIV community when collecting data on community members in addition to focussing on other social determinants of health.

The research area of HIV CBR provides a perfect opportunity to explore more equitable partnerships and enhance Public Health involvement in research while including the PHAC federal initiatives strategies for HIV/AIDS. Canada’s main health research funding body, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), also embraces the federal initiatives HIV strategies. As outlined in the CIHR HIV CBR funding stream opportunities, the guidelines mandate and encourage all applicants to CIHR funds for HIV CBR demonstrate the inclusion of the Federal HIV strategy in their funding application.


This section of the website and collection of drop-down pages are devoted to the promotion of enhancing collaboration between Public Health Agencies and HIV Community Based Organizations in Canada.

On the drop down menu, you will see pages that offer plain language tools:


  • to develop equitable partnerships for CBR projects
  • demonstrate capacity building tools to engage in HIV CBR for both community and academic institutions
  • examine the ethics approval process and ethical issues to consider when developing CBR projects
  • best practice examples of HIV CBR projects between public health and community groups
  • Knowledge to Action- creative ways of sharing CBR findings and information dissemination


Click on this link for a brief explanation of the The CIHR HIV CBR Program in Canada from their website.

An excellent history of how HIV CBR developed in Canada is provided in the 1997 report “Concepts, Definitions, and Models for Community-Based HIV Research in Canada…” by Dan Allman, Ted Myers, and Rhonda Cockerill. It’s too large a report to link to here, but the following is an excerpt that illustrates their findings.

excerpt of the History of HIV CBR Allman article-


The full report can be found on the University of Toronto website using their search feature.

More recently, in 2012 CIHR established two new Collaborative Centres for HIV CBR. One in the General Stream, and one in the Aboriginal Stream. The Centres were introduced to facilitate further growth in capacity, relationship building, and provide a coast-to-coast-to-coast CBR project opportunities.

CIHR HIV CBR Collaborative Centres:

On November 27, 2012, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $13 million over five years to support new research initiatives to address HIV/AIDS in Canada.

This investment includes $3 million to support two community-based HIV/AIDS research centres.

  • Ms. Renée Masching at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will receive $1.5 million to support the Aboriginal HIV & AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre, which will bring Aboriginal communities and researchers together to address specific challenges for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Dr. Sean Rourke at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network will receive $1.5 million to support the REACH CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS, which will focus on building capacity to carry out innovative HIV/AIDS research across Canada.


Please look through the drop-down menu above for five more new pages on Public Health & HIV CBR. There are many specific tools and links to information designed to help you!

BCHIVCBR resources are posted to be freely used in the community. If you incorporate any of our material into your own publications or website, we ask that you credit BCHIVCBR following the Creative Commons License.

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