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From Community-Academic Partnerships
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Community-Academic-Policy Partnerships

Robb Travers is a scientist and the Director of Community-Based Research at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) located in Toronto, Canada. OHTN optimizes the quality of life of people living with HIV in the Province of Ontario and promotes excellence and innovation in treatment, research, education and prevention. Robb explains that OHTN “…would advocate for the inclusion of policy-makers on CBR [Community-Based Research] teams. The current mode of “knowledge uptake” rests on a linear belief that research data will lead to policy change—that policy-makers will respond to data proactively. Most of us know that the world of policy change is actually more complex than that, and broadening our perspective from ‘community-academic partnerships’ to ‘community-academic-policy partnerships’ will help to ensure that the core principle of CBR—ACTION—is realized.”

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1. Briefly, what is the mission of your organization? If you wanted our readers/members to know only one thing about your organization, what would it be?

Located in Toronto, Canada, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s (OHTN) mission is to optimize the quality of life of people living with HIV in the Province of Ontario and to promote excellence and innovation in treatment, research, education and prevention through a collaborative network of excellence representing consumers, providers, researchers and other stakeholders.

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