Congratulations to Josephine Etowa, full professor in the School of Nursing, recipient of an Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Chair in Black Women’s HIV Prevention and Care, part of the OHTN’s HIV Endgame Program.

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dr. Etowa is a recognized expert in research on health services for the Canadians of African Descent community (CAD), with a focus on HIV-related issues.  The program of work, supported by her OHTN chair, aims to improve HIV and health services for CAD women in their reproductive ages through the implementation of community-informed interventions that address the multiple and intersecting factors impeding access and utilization of HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

In addition to an impressive scientific research dossier, Dr. Etowa distinguishes herself with her community-based approach. She is highly respected by the CAD and other racialized communities for her strong commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with and/or affected by HIV. Dr. Etowa has a significant presence in the community, sitting on the research committee of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, as well as the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation for HIV in Africa.

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network, OHTN, is a non-profit network funded by the

AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs, Provincial Programs Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health.  Their mission is to improve the health and lives of people living with and at risk of HIV by using data and evidence to drive change. The OHTN works to influence decision-making at all levels—personal, clinical, organizational and policy—by working collaboratively with its partners to gather and analyze data, implement innovation and support the integration and best use of evidence.

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