HIV Community Based Research

Bringing Community & Academia together through research

Best Practice Models

Leading by Example!

This page provides examples of successful working models of HIV CBR that promote and include Public Health partners. These are essential learning tools that provide adaptable scenarios for others to follow. I’ve included a wide range of best practice models to work from, and to learn by example.


An exemplary model of a best practice in promoting Public Health and HIV CBR can be found within the Simon Fraser University’s – Health Research Methods Training Laboratory (HeRMeT) in Vancouver, Canada.

Led by Dr. Cynthia Patton, the HeRMeT Lab catalogues many case studies that provide wonderful examples of equitable HIV CBR collaborations with heavy emphasis on social justice principles. The projects and featured reports have all successfully integrated valuable Public Health epidemiologic evidence to the field of HIV CBR while equally providing much-needed information to the HIV community and CBOs for programming and policy changes within the community.

HeRMeT Lab website here

“Central to HeRMeT’s mandate is the integration of community based research with health promotion in real-world settings. In particular, we support the investigation of applied research methodologies and their use in addressing public health issues. Our programs of research, including our new online digital archive (CHODARR), cross sectors and disciplines in health care and health education while increasing the ability of consumers to participate in and utilize the results of health research. HeRMeT has state-of-the-art equipment to permit collaboration among researchers and trainees, and has a large capacity for collection, storage, and analysis of data.”

 All research data collected is fully accessible by the community, and many CBOs in the Vancouver area have benefitted from HeRMeT Lab projects’ findings.



Many fine examples come from the US, none better than from Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) members. Included here is a resource report highlighting ‘Community Case Stories’ and a list of potential benefits to the Public Health research community.


Using the Case Stories

These case stories are intended to be used as a resource for developing and sustaining community- higher education partnerships. For example:

Community leaders might review the case stories before beginning relationships with higher educational institutions and consider what key questions and issues they should raise from the start.

Faculty and academic administrators might review the case stories as they initiate relationships with community-based organizations and consider what key questions and issues they should raise from the start.

Students might review and discuss the case stories before and after engaging in service-learning or community-based participatory research projects, reflecting on how the situations and lessons learned compared with their anticipated and actual experiences.

Staff and community advisory boards of campus-based centers for service-learning or civic engagement might review the case stories, consider whether their structures and mechanisms support authentic community-higher education partnerships, and explore how they could be improved.

Members of a community-higher education partnership might review the case stories, consider how the situations and lessons learned resonate with their own experiences, and discuss how their partnership could be improved.

Funding agencies might review the case stories and consider whether their funding mechanisms, peer review processes and evaluation measures support authentic community-higher education partnerships, and explore how they could be improved.


See the full report here: CPS-Casestories



Locally in Canada, several recommendations have been acted upon from the BC HIV CBR Facilitator 2010 CBR presentation, and 2011 Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) report ‘Looking Forward, Standing Together: A Provincial Strategy for Community-Based Research in BC’ 

CBR Facilitator Presentation

See the full PAN 2011 report here: 

In BC, The HIV community and academic partners are provided with a regional voice to discuss HIV CBR issues on a quarterly basis and many valuable insights are disseminated among those who attend in person, and the wider virtual audience provided by this website and others who post the gathering’s results.


Sharing Public Health research information directly with the communities’ affected and involved in HIV CBR projects is a best practice that should be rigorously adhered to. In the current climate that exists in Canadian HIV funding, it becomes vitally important to survival that HIV support CBOs act upon the most recent, credible evidence that can be obtained with, and upon their community.

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