The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) profiles well known community member, AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Winston Husbands.
Winston Husbands has been the Director of Research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto since 2001. He is a long standing member of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, and has acted as Co-Chair (2004-2008), Director (2008-2009), and is currently a member of the Research Committee. He is an Adjunct lecturer at the U of T Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is a member of the OHTN's Research Policy & Priorities Advisory Committee. In 2009, Winston was awarded the Ontario AIDS Network Community Partner Award for his contributions to the AIDS movement in Ontario.
Winston's research and community involvement activities focus on HIV prevention, stigma and discrimination, service provision, and community engagement. Winston is also interested in how knowledge may be produced, mobilized and circulated to enhance community wellbeing. He has worked with other community stakeholders to develop several community development initiatives including the Ontario Black PHA Summit, the Ontario Black Gay Men's Summit, and the "Keep it alive!" campaign to promote HIV prevention among African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario.
Winston holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Western Ontario, and worked at the University of Zambia, Ryerson University, Daily Bread Food Bank, University of Toronto, and Imagine Canada, before joining ACT.
Dr. Husbands currently holds an OHTN Community Scholar Award (2007-2013).
This article originally appeared on the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) website here.