In Ontario, ACB women are overrepresented among new HIV diagnoses. This overrepresentation of ACB women is believed to be in part due to social and structural factors, such as HIV-related stigma, gender discrimination and racial discrimination.

This project builds on three recently completed CIHR-funded studies that highlight the need for critical health and racial literacy among providers and community members.

Critical health and racial literacy interventions are increasingly being used to promote health especially in the current context of COVID-19 and co-morbidities like HIV. Peer-led programs can be an effective strategy for reaching at-risk populations. ACB communities need to be involved in interventions addressing health inequities.

This study seeks to create, implement, and evaluate an ACB community-based peer-led intervention to improve access to HIV prevention and care for ACB women in Canada.

This project will be implemented according to the theoretical framework, Community-based participatory research (CBPR), implementation science and evaluation frameworks will also be used to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the HIV PEN intervention.

Project Team

Etowa, J. (NPI)., Brown-Shreves (Co-PI), D., Massaquoi, N. M., Omorodion, F., & Co-Is; Beckford, C., Etowa, E.B., Dabone, C., Ghose, B., Loemba, H., Yaya, S., Rayner, J., Tharao, W.

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Project Details

Principal investigator(s)

Dr. Josephine Etowa

Project Year(s)

2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027

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