REGIONAL LEAD: MANITOBA HIV-STBBI COLLECTIVE IMPACT NETWORK
The Manitoba HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network was established in 2016. We work to break down silos between researchers, community-based organizations, health providers, practitioners, policymakers, First Nations organizations and Communities and others. We work on understanding systems gaps and barriers and bringing diverse stakeholders together to develop innovative community-based culturally responsive solutions.
We advance key goals to increase HIV/STBBI testing, improve linkage to care and decrease the incidence of HIV/STBBI and ensuring that those who live with HIV, live well by tackling the complex system related issues.
Our Five Key Focal Activity Areas Include:
1. Advancing innovative testing approaches and technologies in Manitoba
2. Implementing and evaluating the collective impact network as a means to achieve impact
3. Understanding and tackling stigma through research, evaluation and action
4. Supporting community innovation through research, evaluation and action
5. Establishing collaborations with Indigenous leaders and programs to tackle complex system issues through research, evaluation and action.
Manitoba Team Leads
Laurie (BSc. Zoology, BMR-OT, MSc-Community Health Sciences). has been the MB REACH Regional rep since November 2015. She is the Co-Strategic Facilitator/Evaluator of the MB HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network. While she helps with coordination activities, she also is a co-investigator on several HIV-STBBI related research projects in Manitoba. She has a particular passion for First Nations and Indigenous related research. Laurie is a social science researcher, developmental evaluator, project manager and designer, strategic planner and meeting facilitator. She is owner and principal consultant of Change Weavers Consulting and works in BC, Manitoba and Nationally. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Association, the Blue Marble Evaluation Network, the International Association of Facilitators and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
Mike is the Executive Director of Nine Circles Community Health Centre and the Administrative Lead for the Manitoba HIV Program Leadership Team. Nine Circles is a community-based health centre, specializing in care, treatment and support for Manitobans Living with HIV and HCV. Nine Circles is committed to evidence-based programming and operates as the community site of the Manitoba HIV Program. Mike's responsibilities include oversight of regional and national collaborations including the Manitoba HIV Program Collective Impact Network and Manitoba's Community Based Research Program (in collaboration with REACH 3.0 and the St. Michaels Hospital). Mike has been with Nine Circles since its inception in 1998 and Executive Director since 2005. Mike’s educational background includes a degree in Sociology through the University of Winnipeg and certification through the University of Manitoba’s Canadian Institute of Management (CIM).
The latest from the region
REACH Nexus’s I’m Ready HIV self-testing research program releases its first data summary
The impact of COVID-19 on our communities: from around the world to Quebec
EPIC project studies impacts of the health crisis caused by COVID-19
Ontario HIV Stigma Index team publishes BMC paper on the health impacts of internalized HIV stigma and depression
Paper’s findings are a valuable contribution to the literature on HIV stigma