The Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (AHA Centre) is a national, Indigenous-led collaborative research centre housed at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN). The AHA Centre supports HIV and AIDS Community-Based research conducted in Aboriginal communities across Canada.
What is community-based research (CBR)?
CBR is an approach to research where the needs and well-being of a community are at the core. CBR is engaged with the intention to partner with community members in order to gain a full scope perspective of an issue with the goal of providing results that will help a community to make decisions and implement change.
WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE CENTRE?
The overall objectives of the funding for the CBR Centre is to:
- Support, evolve and expand the collaborative work between existing HIV/AIDS national structures with regional and/or provincial HIV/AIDS Community Based Organizations and researchers in order to foster the national coordination of HIV/AIDS Community Based Research efforts;
- Provide infrastructure support to position HIV/AIDS community organizations and academic teams to develop strategic research programs that succeed in securing research funding through other opportunities; and
- Promote the creation, and its translation, of new knowledge that is relevant to communities and to the goals of the Federal Initiative and advance the uptake of research and evidence into action so that it may positively impact the response of community-based organizations to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
*The terms Aboriginal and Indigenous will be used interchangeably to be inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. This reflects on-going community debate pertaining to issues surrounding identity and the language relevant to our history, fiduciary relationships and International ties.