Number of people living with HIV who met with the Quebec Stigma Index
Number of peer research associates recruited and trained for Quebec Stigma Index
Types of barriers identified in one study as blocking access to health care for people living with HIV with a precarious immigration status
Men who have sex with men responded to the MOBILISE! survey
REGIONAL LEAD: Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA)
COCQ-SIDA's mission is to bring together Québec community organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to exercise its leadership in order to encourage, support, consolidate and promote autonomous community action in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Québec.
1. To support member organizations in the development, maintenance and recognition of their contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
2. Promote and support consultation mechanisms in order to develop and defend the positions of the various stakeholders on common priority issues.
3. Representing member organizations and advocating for community response in the face of government and para-government organizations and before the general public.
4. Mobilize people living with HIV and the general public to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the social determinants of health that influence it.
COCQ-SIDA is guided in its actions by the following principles:
1. Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV.
A fundamental element of the pandemic response is to ensure People living with HIV are involved at all levels of and in all sectors: community, governmental, para-governmental and private.
Accountability and reciprocity expressed through support, collaboration and partnership at all levels of the organization - local, regional, national, pan-Canadian and international.
Respect for the right to set directions and make decisions.
Respect for different and diverse realities.
Quebec Team Leads
Charlotte holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Montréal. Passionate about identity issues and intercultural relations, she has developed several research projects on these themes. Her master’s thesis dealt with identity dynamics of Guadeloupean youth from hip-hop culture and from disadvantaged neighborhoods. She has maintained a particular interest in populations considered marginalized or stigmatized with the aim to work with community to move beyond prejudices. She has also developed a community-based research for the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI) about the intercultural program that pairs a newcomer in Quebec and a member of the host society. Before becoming passionate about anthropology, Charlotte completed a Bachelor in Communication at the University of Nice in France and at the University of Western Ontario & Nunavut and she worked for various newspapers in Guadeloupe.
Ken Monteith is the Executive Director of COCQ-SIDA (la Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida). Trained as a lawyer, he worked in the community youth sector and in the HIV/AIDS sector. He participates actively in research, especially projects concerning the quality of life of people living with HIV and prevention for men who have sex with men.He holds degrees in Industrial Relations, Common and Civil Law from McGill University and was a member of the Québec Bar from 1991 to 2001, when he resigned to devote himself more fully to his community work on HIV/AIDS. Ken Monteith was diagnosed with advanced HIV infection in 1997.
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