Think Tank on Closing the Gap on HIV Testing in Manitoba

The Manitoba HIV Collective Impact Research-Evaluation-Action Network hosted a Think Tank on Closing the Gap on HIV Testing in Manitoba on November 24, 2016 at the Qualico Family Centre, Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, MB.

45 people representing policy makers, practitioners, researchers, peers, community-based organizations, indigenous organizations and others from across Manitoba attended. The day began with welcome from Dr. Marissa Becker (MB HIV Program/UofM) and Stephanie Van Haute (MB HIV Program).

This was followed by guiding words and a prayer from Indigenous Elder Velma Orvis.

Laurie Ringaert (Nine Circles CHC & Mike Payne, Nine Circles CHC, MB HIV Program) then presented on collective impact and an update on the progress of the Network since March 2016. This was then followed by panelists that provided their perspectives on HIV Testing in Manitoba. Panelists included:

  • Missed Opportunities for HIV Diagnosis: Marissa Becker, MB HIV Program, UofM & Carla Loeppky, Govt of MB
  • The State of HIV Testing in Manitoba: Kamran Kadkhoda, Cadham Lab
  • Northern Perspectives: Hillary Cooper, NRHA
  • Talking about Stigma and HIV Testing: Dr. Gayle Restall, UofM/Nine Circles CHC
  • Talking about Community Readiness & HIV Testing: Dr. Linda Larcombe, UofM

Dr. Restall and Dr. Larcombe discussed the research projects that they and their teams will begin in 2017 due to recent awards from CIHR & REACH 2.0 respectfully. Participants also discussed the current  gaps in HIV testing and brainstormed strategies to begin to close those gaps. Four work groups were formed as a result of the session. A report will be developed and distributed in January 2017.

For more information on the Collective Impact Network, please contact Laurie Ringaert

Laurie Ringaert, MB HIV Collective Impact Research-Evaluation-Action Network Coordinator.

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