SHAWNA Project receives new grants from Vancouver Foundation and CIHR on criminalization of HIV and incarceration

The SHAWNA team (PIs: Drs. Andrea Krüsi & Kate Shannon, Donna Tennant) recently received two community-based research grants to support scaling up of the research and knowledge translation on the intersection of HIV and the law, including criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and incarceration experiences among women living with HIV. The collaboration includes SHAWNA community partners Oak Tree Clinic, the Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC, Positive Women’s Network, YouthCo, Positive Living BC, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the University of Victoria Indigenous Health Research Centre, and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Our new three-year CIHR Community-Based Research HIV/AIDS Operating Grant (PIs: Drs. Andrea Krüsi & Kate Shannon) will support community-based qualitative, art-based, and policy research and knowledge translation on criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, stigma, and incarceration to better understand the journeys of incarceration and criminalization among women living with HIV.

Over the last year, SHAWNA research has continued to show how criminalization of HIV and incarceration are major barriers impacting women living with HIV. Following input from the SHAWNA Community Advisory Board and the Positive Women’s Advisory Board, the SHAWNA team brought together a working group with Oak Tree Clinic, the BC Women’s Hospital prison research team, prison release peer navigators with Unlocking the Gates Peer Health Mentoring Program, Positive Women’s Network, and Positive Living BC.

The SHAWNA team also received funds from the Vancouver Foundation (PI: Dr. Krüsi) to support our SHAWNA photovoice series with African/Black women, Indigenous women, youth, and trans/two-spirit individuals, including development of knowledge translation tools with community over the coming two years. The next series follow our initial piloting of photovoice sessions with the Positive Women’s Advisory Board in 2016.