CGSHE academic and clinical scientists lead research to better understand and promote gender and sexual health equity among marginalized communities in BC, Canada and globally.  For over a decade, our team has been conducting community-based research with sex workers, cis and trans women living with HIV, migrant and refugee communities, adolescents and young adults,  transgender, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender diverse individuals, as well as incarcerated and precariously-housed populations.  

The CGSHE brings together interdisciplinary researchers and intersectoral leaders across community, clinical and policy realms with a common passion for building evidence to meet the highest scientific and ethical standards. Through community-engaged and community-based research, we are committed to the co-creation of knowledge that will contribute to improved health and wellbeing of marginalized communities by supporting shifts in policy as well as improvements in clinical and social service practice. Since its inception, CGSHE’s projects have been committed to the inclusion of lived experience across all aspects of the research, from coordinators and frontline staff to partners and co-authors.

CGSHE is a cohesive program of research and scholarship funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US National Institutes of Health, as well as non-peer reviewed funds (Status of Women Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, MAC AIDS Foundation, Vancouver Foundation and Open Society Foundation). CGSHE’s research stream incorporates community-based, clinical and population health research, alongside policy evaluation and implementation science, with over 70 staff including 12 independent CGSHE core research/clinician scientists, as well as associate research/clinician members.

CGSHE research operates out of CGSHE administrative office at St Paul’s Hospital (1190 Hornby Street) and our CGSHE community office at 647 East Hastings Street (to be opened early 2019).