Community-Based Research
The Community-Based Research (CBR) Capacity-Building Program presented by Positive Living BC is a provincial program bringing together BC AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and academic researchers.

The Community-Based Research Facilitator brokers the relationship to ensure community interests are included and protected in projects while ensuring scientific rigour is observed during the research process.

The program is designed to improve the skills of AIDS service organizations in developing, implementing, and disseminating findings from their own community based research project with the assistance of a CBR Facilitator.

Terry Howard, the Director of HIV Community Based Research for British Columbia, works collaboratively with ASOs and academic institutions to identify and coordinate a wide-range of initiatives that incorporate community-based research principles and provide much needed “knowledge to action” that benefits the HIV community.

Community-situated CBR projects offer a great opportunity to provide evidence-based research findings to support your next funding application! To view Positive Living BC’s CBR website click here: 

Requesting Research Support from Positive Living BC
If you would like Positive Living BC to support your project gathering information with the HIV community, please review our policy and research agreement documents below.


The need for an industry standard of support tools when employing people living with HIV has come directly from the community members themselves. This document provides support options for peer workers and those who employ them. Read the report.
Positive Seniors’ University proposed to engage older adults living with HIV from across British Columbia. Positive Seniors’ University developed and strengthened the capacity of older adults (55 and over) living with HIV to reduce their isolation by expanding their social networks, and experiencing positive examples of living well with HIV. Read the report.
Positive Women’s University proposed to engage women living with HIV from across British Columbia. Women from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds were invited to attend and contribute as equals. Using an empowerment model, women were mentors and champions for each other. Read the report.
Community-based research has become an increasingly important form of research in
many disciplines and is well supported in major funding initiatives. Read the report.
Therapeutic advances have dramatically improved health outcomes and life expectancy among persons living with HIV, but gains in life expectancy achieved by antiretroviral therapy may be mitigated by other health risk behaviours. HIV-positive gay men are especially at-risk for smoking and its adverse health risks. Read the report.
This guide is one in a series of Good Practice Guides produced by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance). This series brings together expertise from our global community-level HIV programming to define and guide good practice in a range of technical areas. Read the report.
Though intimate partner violence (IPV) is predominately understood as a women’s
health issue most often emerging within heterosexual relationships, there is
increasing recognition of the existence of male victims of IPV. Read the report.