Community Network

The Community Network strengthens the OHTN's commitment to help meet the care and treatment needs of people with HIV by bringing the community to the table to address the needs of people with HIV. Our community network provides strategic direction on:

  • Building partnerships with researchers and agencies whose work can have an impact on social justice issues and the social determinants of health
  • Supporting community-based capacity building initiatives
  • Participating in the AIDS Bureau provincial community planning initiative
  • Funding projects related to the social determinants of health
  • Developing collaborative and interactive approaches to knowledge transfer and exchange

Community Network Advisory Committee

The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide broad perspective and advice on the prioritization, implementation, and monitoring of the ways in which the OHTN can support community efforts to address the determinants of health.

Committee Members

Community-based Initiatives

The OHTN actively supports and encourages quality HIV-related community-based research in Ontario by:

  • Building partnerships with researchers and agencies whose work can have an impact on social justice issues and the social determinants of health
  • Building strong networks among community members, researchers, policy makers and service providers
  • Enhancing the research capacity of community-based organizations
  • Partnering with the University of Toronto to support the HIV Research Board
HIV Research Ethics Board
The OHTN, in partnership with the University of Toronto, supports an HIV Research Ethics Board responsible for the review of HIV/AIDS-related research, including community-based research. Research Ethics Boards are arm's-length committees with the recognized authority to review and approve research involving humans to identify any ethical issues related to the research which may affect the rights and welfare of the people who participate. Unique characteristics of the HIV Research Ethics Board include:
  • Lead investigators do not have to be academic researchers in order to qualify for the review process
  • The Board is proficient in reviewing community-based research
  • The Board is chaired by Academic and Community Co-Chairs
  • The Board is comprised of at least 50% community members
HIV Research Ethics Board Workshop
The OHTN held a Community-Based Research and Ethics Capacity Building Workshop in collaboration with the University of Toronto. For more information, view the workshop website.

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