Tools for CBR (TFCBR)
TFCBR is a fun, hands-on, course offered in partnership with Continuing Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) since 2016.
The goal is to learn the basics of Community Based Research (CBR) using one preferred example: the diversity and complexity of HIV in Canada. These CBR basics are applicable to many other health fields.
HIV today is a placeholder for a number of issues of interest to those working with diverse communities: stigma, poverty, use of substances, matters of gender and sexual health, matters of history of movements and remembrance, and many others.
Most of the teaching materials are exclusive to this course and are built with the ongoing support of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), and the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St Michael’s Hospital (Toronto).
Tools for community-based research (CBR) course will guide you through key facets of CBR using self-directed education modules. The learner works alongside others but chooses their self-directed study time. There are up to four online live classes offered to discuss topics. Our goal is to get you ready to participate in and contribute to community based research teams.
TFCBR is a pass/fail course with practical and doable assignments such as a one page mindmap, one page description of the CBR you will do, intend to do, have done or are imagining, and one 3 minutes video.
- To help you become aware of basic terms used in CBR.
- To apply CBR concepts to research contexts familiar to you.
- To increase your readiness to participate in CBR.
- To apply your new knowledge and skills by sketching a CBR research proposal.
Who can take TFCBR?
Anyone can learn lots about CBR! This is a course to review what you know, to learn more, to get immersed into it for the first time. Check our evaluations from previous courses below. In four iterations, we have had 60+ happy learners including physicians, nurses, outreach workers, community leaders in health and LGBTQ, and under/graduate students from coast to coast. There is a bit of everything for everyone in TFCBR. A limited number of scholarships for community members are offered in every iteration.
What you Need
You will need a working computer with one webcam and microphone, a quiet place, and the will to organize your schedule. It seems easy to study on one’s own time, but it gets tricky.
You will need basic computer skills in using programs such as Google documents/slides and similar programs, and recording unlisted videos for YouTube uploading them and generating links (think of asking for help to family, friends or colleagues).
Who teaches TFCBR?
Qualified and experienced instructors under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco PhD, Senior Research Associate at the Centre of Urban Health Solutions, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.