Cultivating innovation,
collaboration and results
from coast to coast

We are a national network of changemakers, including HIV/AIDS researchers, people living with HIV, community-based organizations, clinicians and policymakers. REACH Nexus is structured around seven regional core teams that stretch from coast to coast. Each team has community and academic leads and determines its own regional research priorities. Our national leadership supports these teams, identifies opportunities for cross-regional initiatives and facilitates collaboration across teams on shared goals.

Ontario & Nunavut


The CIHR Centre for Research Evidence into Action for Community Health (REACH) in HIV was established in 2009 as a highly effective national collaborative leadership network of over 125 researchers, front-line community agencies, people with lived experience of HIV, service providers, public health practitioners and policy makers that is committed to making a real difference in Canada’s epidemic. Our focus is on HIV with supports to HCV/other STBBI efforts.

Our Mission

To build upon this vibrant network and further develop a highly connected and coordinated applied implementation science research Centre that conducts highly relevant research, trains and educates the next generations of scientists, and moves research evidence into action to have a measurable impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with and at risk for HIV, HCV and STIs.

Our Vision

To be a major national network and broker of pragmatic solutions to end the HIV epidemic in Canada in the next 5-10 years, and in so doing, influence the course of HCV and other STBBIs.

Our Aim and Approach

Over the years, our national Centre has had a major impact within the regions and across the country. REACH 3.0 will further advance these national success and continue to enhance/strengthen an innovative, nation-wide interdisciplinary collaborative platform and network for implementation science, intervention research, and participatory evaluation focused on testing, reaching the undiagnosed, linkage and retention in care and stigma reduction for people living with HIV, HCV and STBBIs in order to: reduce new infections (especially those at high risk); improve the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV; and demonstrate the importance of having the health/social services available and accessible where people need them in their communities. We provide the national-level infrastructure that allows our members to collaborate across geographic boundaries.

Our priority is to end the HIV epidemic by 2025. To accomplish this, we will sharpen our focus and efforts, set goals and targets with metrics to measure our progress and success, and implement and scale-up /sustain coordinated solutions that will prevent/reduce new HIV infections, reach the undiagnosed, link people to treatment and care, reduce the effects of HIV stigma which persist, shift policy barriers – and continue to significantly improve access to care and the health of people living with and at risk for HIV. We also recognize the need for national/regional leadership required to be bold but nimble and pragmatic about the research, interventions and knowledge mobilization (KM) solutions needed to support priority populations affected by HIV/STBBIs in Canada, complexity of contributing factors, and diverse communities/contexts.

Another arm of the REACH Centre – the CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS began in July of 2012. The goal of this Centre is to build and promote HIV-related community based research (“CBR”) in Canada. This national network consisting of HIV/AIDS researchers, people living with HIV, community based organizations, clinicians, and policy-makers is structured around seven Regional Core Teams that stretch from coast to coast. Each Core Team is led by a community leader and an academic leader, and decides on its own regional research priorities. A National CBR Leadership Committee identifies opportunities for cross-regional initiatives, encourages Core Teams to collaborate to advance shared goals, and ensures that all Core Teams receive appropriate and targeted support.


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