The UWW Flipped Workshop on Program Science and CBR in HIV (Feb to June 2016)

This Flipping Workshop!

What do dogs, pop-up clinics, support calls, oxygen masks, bananas, massage therapy and the immigrant experience of trans folks have in common?

In 2016, The Canadian Association for HIV Research and The Ontario HIV Treatment Network supported UWW to hold a “flipped workshop” on HIV and Intervention Research. The participants and their work were awesome.

This flipped workshop reversed the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside a conventional in-person workshop. The in-person activities were done online synchronously and asynchronously.

The often expensive travel funds for the workshop, hotel rooms and meals was pooled to give to the workshop teams as started funds for their ideas thus creating a positive competition. Invited viewers voted on their favorite ideas.

After 2 months of collaboration 7 research teams presented innovative projects in an on-line Community Conversation  on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 from 2 pm EST to 4 pm EST.

In 2018, we are thrilled to report that at least three of these teams continued to work on these ideas and used the starter funds to take them to fruition, pilot the idea, and obtain more funding to implement the idea.



Click to read a summary of their project/intervention. Look at their mindmap. Watch their 3 minutes video.

  1. The ART of conversation: Peer to Peer telephone supportSoo Chan Carusone, Casey House, Andrew Eaton, AIDS Committee of Toronto and Bill O’Leary, University of Toronto
  2. TransLatinas Ontario (TLO): A sexual health literacy intervention, Celeste Bilbao-Joseph, Center for Spanish Speaking People & Gerardo Betancourt, University of Toronto
  3. An A-peel-ing Approach: Translating knowledge to health for people who use drugs and are living with HIV/AIDS, Patrick McDougall, Dr. Peter Center & Chris MeiwaldSimon Fraser University
  4. The ‘Grapple’ of MassageShona Thompson, Casey House & Soo Chan Carusone, Casey House
  5. Put on your Oxygen Mask First!, Jasmine Cotnam, People Advocating for Change Through Empowerment & Anita Benoit, Women’s College Hospital Research Institute
  6. Providing PAWS-itive SupportAshley Balysky, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program & Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan
  7. Community Pop-Up Clinics, Syune Hakobyan, Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre, Brian Conway and Sahand Vafadary

The Process

This is an extended format workshop. One academic and one community person affiliated to an organization have been followed up by our Program Science and CBR mentors to help them refine one rough but promising “intervention research” idea. Each team has had up to two “Mentoring Calls” — great chats about theory in action = Praxis!

On the second month of the workshop, each team prepared a video reporting on to the world and to enter the competition stretch of the workshop.

The final step is the online live “Community Conversations” where audiences and judged will select three most promising ideas. A modicum of funding, and even more technical support, will be given to up to three of the ideas presented.

The most promising ideas, and not necessarily the complex and complete ideas, will win the collaborative competitive workshop. The flipped workshop is to germinate novel ideas with good mentoring over an extended period.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the instructions

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Brought to you by

Universities Without Walls (UWW), Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)