OHTN - Best Practices

Community-based Research (CBR) and Capacity-building for Researchers

Wellesley Institute has released the workshop materials (including presentations, trainers’ guides and other resources) from their community-based research (CBR) and capacity-building programs for public use. The workshops were aimed at local researchers and included CBR workshops on how to maximize the policy potential of research.

HIV Non-Disclosure and the Criminal Law: Establishing Policy Options for Ontario

This report proposes evidence-based policy options to the problems posed by the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Ontario.

HIV-HCV Co-Infection in Ontario: An Environmental Scan Report of Existing and Required Resources

This report documents the findings of an environmental scan of Ontario’s HIV-HCV co-infection service providers conducted to strengthen the provincial HIV-HCV co-infection care infrastructure by identifying and responding to gaps in the treatment and support services.

National HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines Report

This report documents the progress made at a stakeholder meeting in April 2009 in developing national guidelines for pregnancy planning for HIV-positive individuals.

Women and HIV Prevention in Canada: The Past, the Present and the Future Implications for Research, Policy and Practice

This report is a synthesis of the research findings presented at a special session at the Canadian Association for Health Research Conference in April 2009 from national projects focused on women and HIV in Canada to identify gaps and help inform future directions in research, policy and practice.

The Impact of Community-Based HIV Prevention Interventions in Canada, Commonwealth Nations and the US

This literature reviews identifies and assesses the impact of community-based HIV best-practice primary- and secondary-prevention initiatives on HIV/AIDS incidence rates, changes in risk behaviours, and testing/sero-status determination in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Community-based Research in AIDS Service Organizations: what helps and what doesn’t?

A consortium of Toronto researchers explore factors that facilitate and hinder community-based research in AIDS Service Organizations and make recommendations for future research.

Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study profiled in the CIHR Partnerships Casebook

CIHR recognizes that effective health research is the result of creative partnerships that identify gaps, fund relevant research and translate new knowledge into better health for Canadians. The agency has recognized Positive Spaces Healthy Places as an innovative example of a community-academic-policy partnership that is moving research to action. For more information, read the case study in English or in French.

View from the Front Lines

An annual summary of service usage and analysis of data provided by community-based HIV/AIDS services in Ontario.

Living & Serving II: 10 Years Later

The Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Community AIDS Movement in Ontario: A follow-up study to Charles Roy’s 1996 report

BEST PRACTICES: Optimal Care for HIV Outpatient Clinics in Ontario

HIV clinics are credited with effectively meeting the needs of their diverse populations, with persons living with HIV and AIDS (PHAs) expressing high levels of satisfaction with staff, objectives, care and facilities (bricks and mortar). Indeed, most describe current practices at their respective clinics as best practices. Interestingly, however, health care providers (HCPs) tend to be more critical of their own clinics than they are of the patients they serve.

Recommendations arising from focus groups and interviews conducted with people with HIV and their health care professionals working in Ontario outpatient HIV clinics.

Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS

Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS sets out an ambitious coordinated nationwide approach to tackling HIV and the underlying health and social issues that contribute to new infections and devastate the lives of people who are infected.

Ontario Needle Exchange Programs: Best Practice Recommendations

Overview of current recommendations for harm reduction services that exchange needles, works, and/or stems as well as guidelines for complementary services including counseling, primary care and community education

Procedures for Anonymous HIV Counseling and Antibody Testing in Ontario

This document provides Ministry of Health and Long Term Care guidelines for anonymous HIV testing and pre/post test counseling.

Building Bridges

An analysis and summary of the HIV/AIDS community planning initiative in Ontario.

Poz Prevention Definition, Values and Principles

Principles for prevention work with HIV+ gay men developed by the Poz Prevention Working Group and approved by the Provincial Advisory Body of the Ontario Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Strategy.

Rapid Response Fact Sheets

Results of ASO requests for a rapid review of the literature to identify current data, knowledge and recommended best practices.


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