PAN works with researchers from academic institutions, health authorities, and other agencies from across British Columbia and is grateful for their engagement in community-based research principles, mutual support for PAN studies and commitment to genuine partnerships.
Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
Catherine Worthington, Ph.D., is a faculty member and Director of the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Cathy has a long history of collaboration with HIV communities in conducting community-based and participatory research. As a key partner in PAN’s Community-Based Research Program, Cathy is the co-lead (with PAN’s executive director Evin Jones) for the BC Core Team of the CIHR CBR Collaborative and CIHR Centre for REACH and is the academic lead of the Positive Living, Positive Homes community-based research study on HIV and housing in BC. To learn more about Cathy, view this Faces of UVic Research video and her presentation titled: Working Together: A Dialogue for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Research Partners.
To learn more about Cathy’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.
Community-Based Research Manager, Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre), Communities, Alliances and Networks (CAAN)
Co-Principal Investigator: Making It Work Study
Sherri Pooyak is of Cree ancestry from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sherri graduated with a Masters’ of Social Work in 2009, her work focusing on Indigenous women involved in sex work, and focused on the positive aspects of familial relationships and the resilience of Indigenous women who are involved in the sex trade. She has been engaged in Indigenous health research for over ten years and now, as the Community-Based Research Manager with the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre) with Communities, Alliances and Networks (CAAN), Sherri is focused on the area of Indigenous research involving HIV and AIDS. As the Community-Based Research Manager, Sherri assists Indigenous communities in developing their research capacities, managing Community-Research Associates and mentoring Indigenous students who are interested in Indigenous health research.
To learn more about Sherri and her approach to research please see her “5 questions with…” blog post.
Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Disease and Harm Reduction, Island Health
Principal Investigator: BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Study
Sophie Bannar-Martin holds a Master of Public Health and is the Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Diseases and Harm Reduction for Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Sophie has worked with Island Health since 2014 and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of regional programs and services addressing bloodborne disease prevention, testing and treatment as well as harm reduction and related aspects of the opioid overdose response. Sophie is the Principal Investigator for the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project and helps guide data analysis, knowledge translation, and intervention planning for its best application to healthcare and people’s experiences of HIV stigma in BC.
Anita’s work weaves into the Research and Evaluation programs and PAN in various ways. She works at the BCCDC as a Peer Mentor for GetCheckedOnline. She also works as a Peer Research Associate / Community Based Research Consultant for various community organizations, universities and health authorities in British Columbia. Her favourite part of research is engaging marginalized communities through meaningful connections. She has created programs and taught skills in community based research, storytelling and public speaking to people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use. Anita is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Wellness Facilitator and has participated on over thirty healthcare committees/projects as a patient partner. She is also member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Hallway Group – a lived experience committee that advises on strategic initiatives to improve the lives of Canadians with lived (or living) experience of mental illness. In 2019, she had the opportunity to write and perform a dramatic piece about her mental health journey entitled, “Champagne and a Soaker Tub”.
PAN is also pleased to be able to support the next generation of researchers and public health professionals by hosting trainees through practicums and other learning opportunities. These individuals have contributed to research work at PAN.
Katsistohkwí:io Jacco (2020 – 2021)
MA in Political Science and Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood Student, UVic
Graduate Research Trainee, Making it Work Project, 2020- 2021
Katsistohkwí:io is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawà:ke, QC and is currently studying for her MA at the University of Victoria. She is grateful to be a guest living on Lekwungen and WSANEC territories, also known as Victoria. Her research interests are concentrated on the improvement of the quality of health for Indigenous peoples in Canada, which is what sparked her interest to work for PAN. Her proposed MA is titled Strengthening Community Relations Through the Reclamation and Consumption of Indigenous Foods. This project seeks to promote the return to knowledge and consumption of traditional Kanien’kehá:ka foods in the community of Kahnawà:ke as a tool to improve the health and well-being in terms of physical, mental, emotional and familial aspects of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Katsistohkwí:io is also working with the Making it Work Research team as a Graduate Research Trainee. To read more about Katsistohkwí:io’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.
Joanna Tulloch (2019)
MPH Practicum Student, UVic – 2019
Joanna has been a nurse since 2009 and has spent the majority of her career living and working in Whitehorse, Yukon. Joanna is currently working on her second year of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Victoria and will be completing a practicum with the Pacific AIDS Network as part of that program from January to April 2019.
To learn more about Joanna’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.