Indigenous students now attending college, university or other professional training programs are potential change-makers in their communities. Through its Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award, OHTN hopes to engage these young people in community-based research to improve the prevention, treatment and care programs offered to their communities around sexually-transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) including HIV.
The Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award was first funded as a pilot in 2015. Based on the positive feedback from participants and an evaluation changes were made to the program. The latest competition will fund two Indigenous students who are conducting community-based projects with an Indigenous health or community-based agency in Ontario. The award provides $30,000 over a one-year period to support both the research activities and the student’s salary. More details about projects eligible for funding through this award are available in the Call for Expressions of Interest.
Interested in this opportunity? Indigenous students and their Indigenous community partner agency are encouraged to contact Jessica Demeria, OHTN Indigenous Research Initiatives Coordinator to discuss their application before a submission is made. The full funding guidelines and application form are available here.