Community-Linked Evaluation AIDS Resource | CLEAR
CLEAR Unit has been Funded for the Next Three Years, September 2004
AIDS Bureau will continue to provide funding to the CLEAR Unit until
March 31, 2007. The CLEAR Unit will undertake a series of different
research projects, all designed to evaluate and strengthen the education,
support and community development programs and activities provided
by the province's community-based AIDS groups.
AIDS Service Organization Launches Study about Prison Services
Regional Services and Peterborough AIDS Resource Network
Impact of ASO Prison Services on Quality of Life of Inmates
Hannewyk (Former E.D.-Joanne McAlpine)
October 1st, 2003 a new study was launched to assess the impact
of AIDS service organization's prison services on inmates quality
of life. The study is designed to explore the impact of prison
services delivered by HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS), the Kingston
General Hospital HIV Clinic, and the Peterborough AIDS Resource
Network (PARN). In-depth interviews will be carried out with both
Correctional Service of Canada staff and inmates at federal penitentiaries.
Interviews will be conducted at Kingston Penitentiary, Isabel
McNeil House, the Regional Treatment Centre, Collins Bay, Millhaven,
Frontenac, Pittsburgh, Joyceville, Warkworth, and Bath institutions.
been waiting to get this study off the ground for some time",
said Joanne McAlpine, Executive Director of HARS. "The results
will shape what we are doing in the prison and how better to meet
the HIV/AIDS-related needs of inmates". Marney McDiarmid
has been hired to carry out the interviews and is working out
of the HARS office.
study comes at a time when there is an increased awareness of
the prevalence of HIV in Canadian prisons. Rates of HIV-infection
in inmate populations worldwide are much higher than in the general
population. In 2000, Canadian health officials estimated that
1.66% of inmates are living with HIV. This statistic does not
include the number of unreported infections. The prison support
programs at HARS, PARN, and the KGH clinic are founded on the
belief that any measure undertaken to prevent the spread of HIV
and other infections will benefit inmates, their families, CSC
staff, and the public.
For more information about the study, please contact Robin Weir
(CLEAR Unit Investigator) by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen
Hannewyk (Executive Director at HARS) at 613-545-3698.
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of Health Sciences at Frid
Ontario L8P 4M3
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Committee of Toronto Proposal Funded, April 2004
AIDS Committee of Toronto has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from
Wellesley Central Health Corporation for their research proposal
entitled "The comparative effectiveness and cost of two approaches
to the provision of practical assistance to PHAs by ACT".
is doing the survey?
One hundred twenty PHAs
going to the AIDS Committee of Toronto are being invited by the
AIDS Committee of Toronto, and the Community-Linked Evaluation AIDS
Resource (CLEAR) Unit at McMaster University to participate in a
research project about their Support Services Program.
Why are they doing
To determine the value
of two ways of providing support services to their clients either
by support services alone or with case management for any other
concerns. They want to identify if there are better ways of providing
services to enhance the quality of life of their clients. The number
of sessions with the support services worker and the case manager
will be determined by individual needs.
FROM THE CLEAR COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS (SPRING 2004)
presentation by our partner CBAO agencies about the work of
CLEAR at the 4th Canadian HIV/AIDS Skills Building Symposium,
November 20-23, 2003 in Calgary provided an overview of the
following topics: historical overview of the development of
CLEAR; community perspective on research; researcher perspective
on working with the community; CLEAR evaluation findings; working
with different languages/cultures; and challenges for the future. Presenters
included Committee Co-chairs, a committee community member and
a CLEAR investigator. There was good feedback on the presentation
regarding how the CLEAR Committee is a working body, the communications,
culture and that the audience was surprised to learn how the
ownership of data belongs to the CBAO and not the University
or researchers. CLEAR brings a level
of consistency and stability between academics and the community.
CBAOs have ongoing relationships with CLEAR, and CLEAR is driven
by the CBAOs. Please go to Presentations
and Workshops for additional information on the presentation,
including the process and challenges of conducting research.
McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences at Frid
Building T30, 75 Frid Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4M3
Tel: 905-525-9140, Ext. 22293 · Fax:
Funded by: AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term