About the project

This site is an online resource that profiles some of Canada’s most promising HIV prevention program models for people living in remote and/or rural areas.
 
The programs featured on this site participated in a study called “Promising HIV Prevention Programs and Interventions for Rural and Remote Regions in Canada: Services Scoping.” The project was an initiative of the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC), in  partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN).
 
This project was developed because there is little Canadian research specific to rural and remote HIV prevention programs. The information that is available suggests that many of the strategies that are commonly used in urban settings are impractical or ineffective in rural settings.
 
The purpose of the project was to share models  of HIV prevention program delivery and development in rural and/or remote areas across Canada with AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) policy makers, researchers, practitioners and the general public. Our aim was to provide a publicly-accessible site for information sharing, future programming and more in-depth research.
 
How was the program information collected?
Each entry is based on an interview with an ASO, CBO or clinic providing HIV prevention programming in rural and/or remote areas. The interviews were conducted between August 2013 and February 2014. 
 
HIV prevention programs, like all community programming, are always vulnerable to modification due to changes in funding and program priorities. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the program information beyond the time frame of the interviews. We recommend that contact be made directly with the organizations to learn more detail about specific programs.
 
Researchers began with a list of 160 ASOs and CBOs operating prevention programs for rural and/or remote catchment areas. Due to time and resource constraints, the research team chose to focus on HIV prevention initiatives that were developed by community-based organizations specifically for rural and/or remote areas. This excluded health, public health and sexual health clinics, which also provide some HIV prevention programming within other programs. Because the team wanted to explore what made initiatives “promising” or “proven” to work, only programs that undertook some form of evaluation were included.
With study inclusion criteria in place, all organizations and agencies on the list were called to verify that they identified as an ASO or had HIV prevention in their mandate, offered programs for rural and/or remote populations, and collected data on program effectiveness (e.g., output tracking, client/audience feedback or satisfaction, process monitoring or outcomes evaluation).
 
A total of 39 ASOs and CBOs that we were able to reach for our screening calls fit the study criteria, and 25 responded to our requests for interviews. The information gathered was compiled into profile entries.
 
Funding
This project was funded by the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC). CATIE and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network generously contributed additional funding to translate the compendium. CAAN, CAS, CATIE and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network all contributed substantial in-kind resources to the project.
 
Where can I find out more about this project?
This project ended in April 2014. Click here to read more about the project.