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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Equity, Sexual Health and HIV Research Group

Who we are and what we do:

Our research is interested in the broad areas of human sexuality and HIV/ AIDS, and focuses specifically on the impacts of various forms of discrimination and social exclusion on health, mental health, and well-being.  ESH-HIV is a dynamic hub for community partners, undergraduate and graduate students, and research partners, for high quality research with the goal of real world impact.


1) Improving health and sexual health outcomes for gender and sexual minorities, 

2) identifying service access barriers for gender and sexual minorities,

3) identifying factors that foster personal resiliency among gender and sexual minorities.

The research we undertake is community-based and collaborative, involving a number of community members, agencies and service provider stakeholders as partners, with the ultimate goal of improving community health and eliminating health inequities through knowledge to action strategies.  ESH-HIV prioritizes knowledge transfer initiatives and methods that get data into the hands of decision-makers who need them. We have been successful ensuring that data from our studies have impact. Our research philosophy attends to three central questions:

1) How do oppressive and exclusionary practices impact individual well-being and overall quality of life for marginalized communities?

2) How do we build the most effective research collaborations with community groups and members to ensure that their issues and concerns are attended to?

3) How do we ensure that our research findings are used by decision-makers to create change?

The research that we undertake is governed by the principles of community-based research. CBR is a form of participatory research that elevates the status of community members from mere participants in studies or users of data, to actual partners and investigators who work alongside academic researchers to undertake high quality, policy- and community-relevant research.