On September 16, the UBC Learning Exchange hosted Vancouver Native Health Society’s (VNHS) Downtown Eastside Community Research Knowledge Fair. This evening knowledge exchange event brought together more than 75 people, including members of research teams, research participants, and family members or friends. Staff, faculty and community members involved with VNHS, the Learning Exchange, UBC, and the City of Vancouver also joined.
The event gave research participants an opportunity to learn about eight research projects supported by VNHS. These studies ranged in topic, and the presentations focused on program evaluations, the effects of HIV medications, and understanding and improving access to health services and treatments.
Audience members joined in an opening ceremony and prayer by Elder Roberta Price, attended project presentations, and enjoyed a salmon dinner and desserts. One research team member called the event “unique,” describing how “it was placed in the community where our participants live and in this way it was in the spirit of ‘by the community for the community.’” Audience members commented that they “loved the environment,” and expressed how they learned about the importance of every research study they had participated in, and how these studies come to build on each other. The Learning Exchange and VNHS look forward to co-hosting more knowledge sharing events.
Learn more about the studies:
- Canadian Co-Infection Cohort Study
- EQUIP Healthcare: How can we make healthcare better for everyone?
- Evaluating and Extending The Dudes Club as Part of the Movember Study
- Hepatitis C Cascade
- Indigenous Men’s Health Narratives: Reclaiming our Lives
- Reclaiming our Spirits: A Health Intervention for Women in an Indigenous Context
- Vancouver Indigenous Elder Partnership (VIP) Project