The A/C study is a comprehensive mixed methods project developed by a team of mostly black researchers and service providers. As part of the team’s core values they made certain that people from ACB communities played leading roles in all aspects of the project. It was clear to the team that there was a lack of reliable data about race and ethnicity to fully understand the prevalence of HIV in African Caribbean communities in Ontario. The A/C study now has the foundational evidence to fill this gap and speak to the root causes of HIV vulnerability. Host James Watson sits down with two key members of the research team Fanta Ongoiba and Pascal Djiadeu to discuss the issues and impacts.
- Fanta Ongoiba is the Executive Director of Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), and a leader in the African community. She has worked in a number of capacities related to human rights and humanitarian causes, including treatment information exchange counselor at CATIE (Canada’s source for information about HIV and hepatitis C) and as a community health promotion worker at the francophone center of Toronto.
- Pascal is a part-time assistant professor at McMaster University, in the department of health research methods evidence and impact, and a lecturer at Humber College/University of Guelph Humber. Pascal is also a research analyst and methodologist consultant at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He teaches Applied Epidemiology in the BHSc program in the faculty of health sciences and wellness at Humber College. His research focuses on HIV implementation sciences and, health inequities and disparities.
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