New prevention research
Three new research projects (MOBILISE!, Engage and Égoportrait) focused on different aspects of prevention for gay men and other men who have sex with men are currently underway in Montreal. The projects were the main topic of discussion at an interactive workshop that took place in Montreal on November 11, 2015. Attended by close to 40 community workers representing organizations from all over Quebec, the meeting was organized by COCQ-SIDA as part of its “Outillons-nous” training sessions.
Intervention materials developed as part of the MOBILISE! project were also presented, and community workers had the chance to work with these tools to explore combination prevention strategies and barriers in access to different prevention options and tools. These fun and informative tools were designed to facilitate discussions about the growing diversity of prevention strategies. Community teams will be using them for discussion activities organized through the MOBILISE! project that will be taking place over the coming year.
A number of avenues were identified to ensure community workers and communities from all regions of Quebec have access to these tools and can participate in MOBILISE!. The intervention materials will be included in a MOBILISE! community discussion kit that will be mailed out to COCQ-SIDA’s member groups in the coming weeks. A webinar is also being organized to provide training for community workers from across Quebec on how to lead discussion activities on combination prevention.
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