Leveraging arts-based methods in research dissemination: Partnering with community and using film to address HIV stigma

December 01, 2023

Speaker

Dr. Angela Kaida, Juno Roche and Azra Bhanji

Leveraging arts-based methods such as film can be utilized for research dissemination. In this webinar, Dr. Angela Kaida, Juno Roche, and Azra Bhanji will discuss how they are using their film HIV Made Me Fabulous to help share HIV science to reduce stigma and discrimination.

HIV Made Me Fabulous is a 10-minute film that tells the personal story of Juno Roche, a writer, activist and trans woman, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years. Grounded in HIV science, the film examines issues related to HIV, intersectionality, and sexual health equity, and delivers these themes through embodied storytelling.

 

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Understand the use of arts-based methods in research dissemination
  2. Understand the methods used to develop a dissemination strategy and measure its reach
  3. Understand the impacts of film as a knowledge translation tool to affect change

 

Speakers

Dr. Angela Kaida is an epidemiologist and community-engaged researcher at Simon Fraser University where she is an SFU distinguished professor in the faculty of health sciences and the former Canada Research Chair in global perspectives on HIV and sexual and reproductive health. She leads a global research program focused on factors and environments that increase vulnerability or protect sexual and reproductive health in the context of HIV. Dr. Kaida works closely with community leaders and decision makers to integrate research evidence into health policy and programming attending to social and gender equity. As of January 2023, she is the scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.

Juno Roche is a writer and campaigner whose work around gender, sexuality, and trans lives has been funded by the likes of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and described as ‘provocative, cutting edge and innovative’. She studied fine art and philosophy at Brighton and English literature at Sussex and writes for a wide range of publications. She has authored five books: Queer Sex, Trans Power, Gender Explorers, A Working-Class Family Ages Badly, and Roam: the search for happiness.

Azra Bhanji is a recent master of public health graduate from Simon Fraser University. She is currently the research co-ordinator for the short film HIV Made Me Fabulous. Azra also co-ordinates the Life and Love with HIV digital storytelling platform that shares experiences, disseminates scientific evidence and offers support for health and wellbeing among women living with HIV. She also has experience planning, organizing and implementing HIV and youth related programming in Kenya.

Resources

Upcoming webinar

Dr. Femke Hoekstra

Date

June 28, 2024

Transforming spinal cord injury counselling with open science and integrated knowledge translation

In 2024, KT Connects is focusing on open science — the practice of making scientific inputs, outputs, and processes freely available to all with minimal restrictions. Learn more

Webinar summary

Friday, June 28 

12 – 1 p.m. PST 

Open science practices provide the foundation for transparent and accessible research. Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) ensures that research is meaningful and useful in real-world settings. By combining these approaches, researchers can maximize the impact and relevance of their findings.  

In this presentation, Dr. Hoekstra will share example strategies and practical tips for using open science principles and IKT. She will use a practical example from co-developing and evaluating an e-learning course on spinal cord injury (SCI) physical activity counselling. The free, self-guided e-learning course is created for health and fitness professionals providing guidance or counselling to adults with SCI. 

Learning objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Explain how the principles of open science and IKT can complement each other
  2. Learn strategies on how to apply IKT principles to co-develop and evaluate an educational course for health and fitness professionals
  3. Provide examples of how to apply open science practices

Speaker bio

Dr. Femke Hoekstra is an assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Medicine, Division of Social Medicine and an investigator with the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in implementation science. Dr. Hoekstra holds a doctor of philosophy from the University of Groningen in implementation science, rehabilitation and physical activity promotion. Her research program focuses on improving health services and care for equity-deserving groups in rural, remote and isolated communities. She studies implementation processes of health innovations in real-world settings.