UWW Fellowship 2018 – 2019

Here is the Learning Report of UWW 2018 – 2019.

Here are the amazing UWW Fellows and what they did during their fellowship. If you see them, go and say hello…they do really interesting stuff

Kate Alford

I am about to commence a PhD at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK. My primary research interests is Cognitive Impairment in people living with HIV and for my doctoral work I will be looking at peoples’ experiences of this, using qualitative and quantitative methods. I have a background in clinical psychology and neurosciences, and previously worked on research projects with young people with psychosis and adults with chronic schizophrenia. I am passionate about the translation of quality research into meaningful practice, innovation in services and the power of research to give a voice vulnerable or stigmatised individual. Outside of work I love football (or soccer to you guys), I make amazing ramen and love camping trips.

Watch Katie’s final audiovisual report here!

Read Katie’s report here!

Saranee Fernando

I completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Alberta and studied integrative physiology and health sciences at Simon Fraser University. In the past, I worked at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE) on a community-based research study evaluating an integrative health care model for people living with HIV. Currently, my work at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) focuses on examining the efficacy of integrative stepped care for youth experiencing barriers to mental health services. Relating closely to my previous work at the BCCfE, I’m also engaged in an overdose response project targeting hidden populations in British Columbia. Living close to the beach fuels my creativity- to relax, I enjoy painting while sipping tea from my treasured Bob Ross mug.

Erika Ono

I am a PhD candidate in Social Work at the University of British Columbia. My doctoral dissertation is an institutional ethnography examining the discursive organization in children’s mental health and social services of mothers with experiences of interpersonal and structural violence. I am a registered social worker and I have worked in trauma therapy, family preservation counselling, and pediatric and adult mental health services. I am an Evaluation Specialist at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), working on a principles-focused developmental evaluation of a hospital mental health program and a learning alliance for family caregivers in substance use services.

Watch Erika’s final audiovisual report here!

Read Erika’s report here!

Carla Doyle

I am a PhD candidate at McGill University in Epidemiology, with previous training in the fields of public health and mathematics. For my doctoral thesis project, I will develop a mathematical model of sexual HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Montreal and use that model to conduct an impact evaluation of Quebec’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program, which has been in place since 2013. To build my model, I will use multiple local data sources, including observational, clinical, and provincial surveillance data, to simulate the HIV epidemic in Montreal and assess the population-level impact of PrEP interventions on HIV transmission.  When I am not too busy burying myself in methods, I invite over a few friends for good music, wine, and dinner. I am also a student trainee of the Engage study, working on a project to understand the use of combination HIV prevention among Montreal MSM. I am excited to continue combining my two previous fields of study – mathematics and infectious diseases – to keep on contributing to HIV research.

Watch Carla’s final audiovisual report here!

Read Carla’s report here!

Apondi Odhiambo

I am a doctoral candidate in public health at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a CIHR Research Scholar with a focus on how the intersection of public health, criminal justice and immigration systems impacts HIV criminalization, immigration and refugee laws, and HIV prevention and healthcare engagement among Black immigrants and refugees in Canada. I hold a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology and Development. I am involved with the African, Caribbean, and Black communities in Ontario as a researcher, activist, and community leader. I am also involved with the weSpeak research program which aims at strengthening partnerships and collaboration among ACB communities in response to HIV; promoting respectful, informed, community-based responses to HIV among ACB men and communities; building greater understanding about HIV and health; supporting ACB men’s involvement in community responses to HIV; building capacity for community-based HIV research and policy; and generating new ideas to overcome HIV-related challenges and address HIV among ACB communities in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

Read Apondi’s report here!

Rachel Landy

I am a PhD Candidate in Community Health and Humanities at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  My doctoral research involved a community-based study aimed at developing, implementing, and evaluating an arts-based HIV/AIDS  education and prevention workshop for Indigenous youth in Labrador.  I am beginning a post doctoral fellowship position with the DRUM2 project based at the University of Victoria where I will be working on the implementation science component of a community-based study to develop a community-led process for developing and implementing shared care models for HIV and other STBBIs with First Nations and Métis  communities. This is my third UWW Fellowship!

Read Rachel’s report here!

Danielle Atkinson

I am an MPH student at the University of Victoria and currently working as a research assistant on a community based research project with several First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta to establish shared care models (the DRUM Project). I am Cree Métis and have been actively involved with my Métis community in BC for many years now. I have held several positions including board secretary of my local community and now regional youth representative. I am passionate about learning and maintaining Métis traditions – beadwork is one of my favourite activities. For my UWW project I will be working with several First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta to identify and explore the barriers and facilitators for developing and implementing HIV/HCV interventions that are unique to each community, with a focus on comparing rural versus more urban contexts. I have a seriously adorable husky that I love to take on long walks and hikes with my partner in my spare time.

See Danielle’s audiovisual presentation here!

Read Danielle’s final report here!

Oralia Gomez-Ramirez

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, qualitative health researcher, and early career evaluator. I completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and I am now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the CIHR-funded GetCheckedOnline Implementation Science Team (FRN #CTW-155387) at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. I am also a long-term bookworm who enjoys reading poetry and the London Review of Books, watching theatre plays, and going on self-guided urban photo safaris during the weekends.

Watch Oralia’s audiovisual presentation here!

Read Oralia’s report here.

Morgan Wadams

I am a registered nurse with clinical experience in one of Canada’s largest correctional facilities. Because I find working alongside correctional populations meaningful, I am also pursuing my doctoral work within the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. My dissertation will explore the experiences of transitions into and out of provincial correctional centres for people living with HIV. This work will utilize a narrative inquiry methodology, calling attention to the complexities of a life. My UWW fellowship will not only be a wonderful launchpad to my doctoral work, but I look forward to connecting with a community of individuals interested in improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Also, I currently volunteer with HIV Edmonton, a non-profit group seeking to benefit my local HIV/AIDS community. I am recently engaged, so I look forward to each day I get to embarrass my partner with my rudimentary grasp on the Punjabi language.

Watch Morgan’s audiovisual presentation here!

Read Morgan’s report here!

Jose Tovillo

I finished my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2015, started my Master in Nursing (MN) at the University of Alberta in September 2017 and got accepted in the MN-Bypass program in April 2018. I began my Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Alberta in September 2018.  I have been working as an Emergency Registered Nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton since 2015 and have also worked in Medicine, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics. I am currently a faculty member at MacEwan University-Department of Nursing Science and a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alberta. I have served as a member of the Board of Directors at HIV Edmonton since 2017 and I am currently a member of the Alberta Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Research and Evaluation Operations Committee, which looks at examining the effectiveness of the PrEP Program in the Province of Alberta. My research interests are on PrEP uptake among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Canada. I love to eat (a lot), which is the reason why I love buffets so much.

Watch Jose’s audiovisual presentation here!

Read Jose’s report here!