HIV & Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team
Under the direction of Dr. Lynne Leonard, the University of Ottawa’s HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team (HHPRT) conducts community-based research examining the health and disease prevention needs of people who use drugs in Ottawa and Ontario. The HHPRT undertakes local and province-wide socio-surveillance research among people who inject drugs, concentrating on the social construction of HIV- and HCV-related risk. Most recently, the team has focused on the distinct experiences of people who smoke crack, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods to more fully understand, from the perspectives of the users themselves, the individual and structural factors contributing to the unacceptably high levels of HIV and HCV infection among women and men in Ottawa who use drugs. Dr. Leonard’s continuous involvement on regional, provincial and national programming and policy-making advisory bodies ensures that the research undertaken by the HHPRT both emerges from community-identified need and that it contributes directly to decision-making priorities for the purpose of policy and program reformulation.
Andrée Germain, MSW
(613) 562-5800, ext. 8364
Andrée has an undergraduate degree in International Development from Trent University as well as a master’s of Social Work from Carleton University. Her graduate work focused primarily on anti-oppression organizing, international trade and HIV/AIDS. Amid her academic pursuits, Andrée has also lived and worked in Tajikistan and Bolivia conducting human rights research. As a member of the HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team at the University of Ottawa, Andrée has been responsible for the coordination of the Evaluation of the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program as well as the Evaluation of the Somerset West Community Health Centre Safer Inhalation Program. Andrée is currently coordinating a participatory research project aimed at identifying the HIV and HCV prevention needs of youth in Ottawa who smoke crack. She is also responsible for the coordination of Ottawa site data collection for the National I-Track/SurvIDU HIV and Hepatitis C surveillance study among people who inject drugs.
Susan McWilliam, PhD