Project Background:

Syphilis has been an epidemic among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Toronto since the early 2000s, and gonorrhea is now emerging as a new epidemic among gbMSM. These epidemics persist despite the ongoing allocation of sexual health resources to Toronto’s downtown core area, where rates are highest.

The purpose of the Geography of Sex study is to update our approaches to promoting and maintaining sexual health. Ultimately, this means improving sexual health services and resources. This project is delivered in partnership with Moyo Health and Community Services.

The Community Advisory Board (CAB):

We are looking for 3 community members to be a part of the project’s CAB. This board will be composed of folks from the community with the lived experiences to inform the project’s design, delivery, and evaluation from a community perspective.

We are looking for folks who:

  • Identify as men (cis, trans, or gender fluid along a spectrum of trans masculinity)
  • Have sex with other men (cis, trans, or gender fluid along a spectrum of trans masculinity)
  • Live, work, and/or play in Peel (Brampton, Mississauga, or Caledon)

We value diversity and would like to hear from:

  • People living with or affected by HIV
  • People of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, health statuses, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations to apply
  • People with a passionate interest in seeing diversity, inclusion, and equity in research

We are looking for CAB members who have:

  • Good communication skills – Able to have discussions in a respectful and non-judgmental manner while working as part of a team and/or complete tasks independently
  • An ability to share lived experience with other peers and the research team
  • Comfort representing the panel in meetings and interacting positively with members from social, health and government service sectors
  • A desire to learn and network with peers in the community
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • A desire to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment
  • Strong knowledge of the community and its needs
  • Secure and consistent access to Internet
  • Comfort participating in Zoom meetings with camera on, when necessary

The Opportunity:

The aim of the CAB is to include the voices of folks with lived experience to inform our research project and maximize benefit to the community. Your knowledge, skills and expertise will be crucial in directing the project. See below for a tentative schedule and summary of activities (all meetings will be remote and recorded):

CAB Meeting #Project PhaseTentative Date & Time CommitmentMeeting Goals
1DesignMid-February 2021, 1 HourProject orientation, logistics, review recruitment strategy
2DesignLate February 2021, 2 HoursReview Geography of Sex online survey and interview guide
3Data CollectionLate March/Early April 2021, 1.5-2 HoursDiscuss participant experience
4Data AnalysisLate July 2021, 2 HoursInterpret study findings
5Knowledge Transfer & ExchangeEarly September 2021, 1.5-2 HoursDiscuss how to circulate study findings

Compensation:

  • Honorarium of CAD 25.00 per hour will be provided to CAB members.

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to participate in trainings from Moyo HCS as available at no cost (i.e., 2SLGBTQ+ 101, HIV and STI 101, Harm Reduction 101, Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training).

Application Process:

  • Kindly submit your responses to the questions below
  • Once the application deadline is reached, we will reach out to applicants we’d like to interview. At that time, we will ask if you have any accommodation needs for the interview process. Interviews will last 20 – 30 min.
  • For additional questions, inquires and clarifications, please contact Dionne Gesink, Principal Investigator, at dionne.gesink@utoronto.ca

EXTENDED Application Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021