Promising HIV Prevention Programs and Interventions for Rural and Remote Regions in Canada:  Services Scoping (SRC Funded)

Funding Program: SRC Funded

Research Team: Cathy Worthington (PI), Mona Loutfy, Mark Tyndall


One of the key issues that has come up in conversations at SRC meetings, as well as meetings of other research centres (CTN, REACH) – particularly from AIDS service organizations working with rural/remote populations (e.g., in BC outside the lower mainland, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Northern Ontario, Atlantic Canada) – has been the need for information on promising and proven HIV prevention programs and interventions that would be useful for services development for agencies with rural/remote regions in their catchment area. As there is little in the literature on effective HIV prevention services for people living in rural/remote areas (at least in the industrialized world), the purpose of this study is to learn from community – and to document programs that are being developed and delivered for rural/remote populations in different regions of Canada to provide a foundation for information sharing and future implementation and intervention research. 

The study includes data collection (organizational document review, and phone/face-to-face interviews) with ASOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve non-urban populations, generation of a report/compendium (including program descriptions and theory foundations, if any; implementation information; and successes and challenges to date), and a webinar for interested participants, other CBOs, and clinics for information sharing.

Program: Research