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Why a RIG on Youth and Sexual Health?

Key Themes


Student Involvement

2010 Student Symposium

2009 Student Symposium


Seed Grant Project Descriptions

A Pilot Study Exploring the Experiences of People With Disabilities who are HIV-Positive

Teens Resisting Urban Trans/Homophobia (TRUTH): Examining Trans/homophobia Among Diverse Toronto Youth

Healthy Sexualities, School-based Sex Education and Canadian Youth

Youth, Disability and Sexual Health

Performed Ethnography, HIV/AIDS & Aboriginal Youth

Additional RIG Projects

Youth Sexual Health RIG E-mail List

RIG Events

Why a RIG on Youth and Sexual Health?

Due to a number of biological, social, developmental, and behavioural factors, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) disproportionately affect adolescents.  Recent data indicate a resurgence of STIs in this population, along with an increase in the reported number of HIV infections.  Research indicates an alarming gap in the sexual health knowledge of youth, particularly younger teenagers. Canadian youth lack comprehensive knowledge of risk factors associated with unprotected sexual activity and the necessary skills required to ensure the protection of their sexual health. The early teen years are a critical time to provide youth with accessible sexual health education and prevention services.  This is the period where first sexual experiences often occur, and where behavioural risk for HIV or STIs emerges.

Toronto, often referred to as the world's most ethnically-diverse city, is home to more than 80 ethnic groups, speaking over 100 different languages. Nearly a quarter of Toronto youth are living at or below the poverty line and racialized groups are disproportionately poor. Local, as well as global research, indicates that HIV (much like other infectious diseases) follows patterns of inequity with marginalized groups most at risk. In the context of such diverse populations, ‘one size fits all’ STI and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies have proven ineffective in increasing knowledge and changing behaviour among youth. As Toronto’s population continues to rapidly grow and diversify, its youth communities will continue to increase in their diversity, and the associated challenges and risks will also become more complex. 

Generic STI and HIV/AIDS prevention programs targeted at youth, but focussed solely on behavioural change, are often unsuccessful because youth in different communities approach their health differently. Furthermore, systemic issues of poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia shape and constrain risk. While service providers and youth identify many of the same sexual health issues, they often differ in what they consider ideal approaches to these concerns. As a result, the strategies used by health promoters in public health and community-based organizations need to be adapted in order to provide culturally effective health promotion and prevention services. Furthermore, young people have many talents and assets that have yet to be fully harnessed towards an effective response. Unfortunately, we have little data to guide these developments.

What Key Themes Will be Explored?

  • HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health and harm reduction
  • Intersectional approaches to equity and the social determinants of adolescent sexual health
  • Exploring the impact of sexual diversity on health
  • Improving youth access to sexual health services and education
  • Participatory methodologies that promote youth involvement, leadership and community development 
  • Leveraging youth media for sexual health promotion

BUILDING ON STRENGTHS & OPPORTUNITY: Toronto is already a hub of Adolescent Sexual Health programming and is rapidly becoming a centre for related research.  This RIG will bring together youth, community based service providers, policy makers, students and researchers from a variety of institutions and disciplines to develop and promote research capacity in this area. It will build on the interactions of several ongoing as well as new and emerging research projects in the area of adolescent sexual health with a primary focus on urban areas (particularly Toronto).


Training and mentoring of students is at the core of this RIG. At our RIG planning meeting, partners noted the importance of involving youth stakeholders in the RIG. We will engage students and youth in a number of ways. The Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP), a youth advisory board made up primarily of undergraduate and high school students, has been active in critiquing public health campaigns, developing performed ethnographies, conducting photo-voice projects and generally taking an activist role in developing innovative sexual health promotion media. The GAAP board will continue to be a way to engage students in RIG activities. Furthermore, through the Toronto Teen Survey, we have developed very successful models of taking on undergraduate and graduate student interns and research assistants. We will also begin a monthly journal club so that students engaged in the RIG who are beginning to develop manuscripts based on their work will have an opportunity for collective feedback and mentorship on their work.

HOW WILL WE SHARE OUR WORK? Knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies are an important component of any community-based research programme, and are particularly meaningful given the urgent context within which this research program is situated. A communications plan targeted at youth will be developed to attract the attention of local print-based media, including newspapers, websites, teen magazines; and radio. Findings from our research projects will be presented as community workshops to assist in data analysis and as opportunities for dissemination; we will also present our research at key conferences and organize public consultations, meetings with elected officials, and presentation to civil servants.


  • Claudia Mitchell, (McGill University Faculty of Education)
  • Crystal Layne, (Planned Parenthood of Toronto)
  • Denise Nevpeux, (Critical Disability Studies, York University)
  • Hazelle Palmer, (Planned Parenthood of Toronto)
  • Jason Pole, (University of Toronto, Department of Public Health Sciences)
  • Jeannette Doucette, (Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada)
  • Jean-Paul Restoule, (OISE, University of Toronto)
  • June Larkin, (University of Toronto, Institute for Women & Gender Studies)
  • Maria Gurevich (Psychology, Ryerson University)
  • Melanie Rivers, (Chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
  • Michaela Hynie, (Psychology, York University)
  • Randy Jackson, (Social Work, McMaster University , Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network)
  • Robb Travers, (Ontario HIV Treatment Centre)
  • Sarah Flicker, (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University)
  • Stephanie Nixon, (Physiotherapy, University of Toronto)
  • Susan Flynn, (Planned Parenthood of Toronto)
  • Tracey Prentice (Health Studies, University of Ottawa ; Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network)
  • Trevor Hart, (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University)

Student Involvement:

CIHR gives Youth Sexual Health RIG Research Team the 2008 Synapse Award for Student Mentorship and Engagement

The following article is taken from the Canada News Centre Website

The award, which is worth $10,000, recognizes the efforts of a group that has made exceptional efforts to promote health research among Canada's high school students. Through mentorship, the winning group regularly motivates youth to consider both the value of health research as well career opportunities that exist within various scientific fields. The winning group is nominated by someone who understands its direct scientific contributions to young people, and is chosen by the members of the CIHR Youth Outreach Advisory Board.

The Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) research team was initially approached by Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT) to develop a survey tool that evaluates the assets, gaps and barriers that exist in sexual health education among the city's youth. The team, made up of professionals who trained members of Toronto's youth community, have since collectively developed the survey, gathered information from 1,200 participants and hopes to turn it into a strategy that will increase positive sexual health outcomes among the affected youth.

"It is important for health researchers to motivate youth to appreciate the values of both science and health research," says Dr. Pierre Chartrand, Acting President of CIHR. "The efforts of this group are phenomenal. Through participatory research, all members of the TTS are working together as a team to create new knowledge and, subsequently, translate that knowledge into positive benefits for those affected. That is proactive thought, and, by involving members of youth, the group may also produce top scientific or health research leaders of tomorrow."

CIHR's Synapse - Youth Connection initiative acts as a meeting place, a scientific junction that brings together health researchers and young students. More than 4,000 CIHR-funded health researchers from across the country have already signed up to become CIHR Synapse mentors. Synapse, in collaborative partnership with national science outreach organizations, connects these mentors with high school students through hands-on training experience that will help create the next generation of Canadian health researchers.

"The Toronto Teen Survey team's unique approach to teen sexual health research is research with immediate impact on the city's communities," says Stan Shapson, Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University. "It promises to help Canadian youth take responsibility for their reproductive health. These innovative research approaches are key to York's leadership in public health and community outreach."

TTS's award is one of three related to mentorship through CIHR's Synapse initiative. Anteneh Argaw, a PhD candidate from Université de Montréal, won the Synapse Award - Graduate Student / Post Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Lisa Robinson, from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Dr. Jane Roskams, from the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, tied for the Synapse Award - Individual Researcher.

Read more information.

2010 Student Research Symposium on
“Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health”

The Youth Sexual Health RIG, in partnerships with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network hosted their second Annual “Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health” Student Research Symposium" on March 25th, 2010.

The symposium encouraged a Indigenous focus, hoping to highlight programming and projects engaging Aboriginal youth, as well as research focusing on issues faced by youth in Aboriginal communities. Once again it was an incredible success with over 100 student, government, and community participants throughout the day. Examples of presentation topics included: Social Exclusion, LGBTQ Youth experiences, PeerEducation, Chronic Disease, STI’s, and Street Youth challenges. Symposium Program

Award Winners

Oral Presentation

Katie Cook & Alix Holtby (Wilfrid Laurier University): “Image as Metaphor: Photovoice with LGBTQ Youth"

Nakia Lee-Foon (University of Ontario Institute of Technology): “A Systematic Review of the Efficacy of Parent Based Sexual Education Intervention Programs on the Reduction of Sexual Risk Behaviours of Black-Canadian Preadolescents"

Poster Presentation

Muna Aden (University of Waterloo): “HIV/ AIDS prevention for African-Muslim Girls in Toronto”.

Honorable Mention

Jerri Clout (North Bay Highschool): “What is the Meaning of ‘Sexual Health’ in Sexual Health Peer Education?”

2009 Youth Sexual Health Student Symposium

On March 26th, CUHI’s Youth Sexual Health RIG, along with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict

Resolution, the York Institute for Health Research, the Centre for Urban Schooling, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention, Toronto Public Health, Planned Parenthood Toronto and the University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Counseling Centre hosted its first student symposium on “Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health”. The goal of the symposium was to bring together students to share their research and artistic pieces and to engage and network with other students, academics, policy makers, and community members involved or interested in youth sexual health. Fourteen students, across twelve disciplines from six academic institutions presented their work (either research or and arts-based) to a diverse audience of over 100 registrants. A compilation of symposium abstracts can be found here.

Awards were presented for the best oral, posterYouth Sexual Health Student Symposium and artistic submissions. Sarah Switzer (M.A. Candidate, Dept. of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE/UT) received the award for best oral presentation for her presentation entitled Unpacking the Visual: Youth Narratives on HIV/AIDS, Rosemarie Mangiardi, (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta) received an honourable mention for her presentation entitled Adolescents Taking Exploratory Action to Transform their Sexual Health Education. Undergraduate Matt Eldridge (Department of Psychology, York University) was recognized for his poster presentation entitled Connectedness and Condom Use: The Effects a Sense of Community has on Sexual Health and Bryn A. Lydlow (Director, Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault & Undergraduate, Ontario College of Arts & Design) was honoured for her artistic submission for her video entitled, They Were, S/He Was, I Was, I Will Be.

The symposium concluded with a presentation by Dr. Michelle Fine, (Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center , City of New York ) entitled, “Reflecting on the Wet and Dry Moments in Youth Participatory Action Research”.

We received extremely positive feedback from symposium delegates. Here are some thoughts from students who presented at the symposium:

Bryn Ludlow
Director, Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault & Undergraduate , Ontario College of Arts & Design)
Artistic Presentation Award Recipient

“I thoroughly enjoyed the symposium on March 26th. The breakfast & lunch were fantastic and food was very fresh. It was a great opportunity to network during the entire session- not only during the designated times. I also appreciated the opportunity that the organizing committee gave for me to present my video and the time to respond to questions after. Everyone was very welcoming and positive and it was great for OCAD to have two students presenting work. It was a good opportunity for me to increase awareness about my video and project to the academic community, and I think many respondents felt after viewing the video that it is possible to integrate artistic presentation methods into their oral presentations as well. Dr. Michelle Fine was incredibly motivating and an excellent keynote speaker. Her ideas and strategies for educating and empowering youth are worth examination and implementation into medical and community health programming. I look forward to entering into the conference next year and think that it is imperative for the health and well-being of the Greater Toronto Area to hold symposiums covering issues of sexuality, youth sexuality and strategic approaches to sexual violence prevention and social awareness.”

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Sarah Switzer
M.A. Candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE/UT
Oral Presentation Award Recipient

“What a day! The student symposium was a wonderful opportunity to learn, chat, network, learn some more, and think outside the box. The interdisciplinary nature of the event allowed for conversations across disciplines, many 'ah hah' moments, and a chance for students to reflect on their own work. As a graduate student in curriculum studies, I appreciated listening and learning from other students who I have met, and chatted with at other conferences. I also appreciated the supportive, open and friendly environment. The day concluded with an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote by Michelle Fine who challenged audience members to think beyond narrow conceptions of research and sexual health to think broadly about the implications of neoliberal agendas on women's bodies, about the ethics of youth research, and the drive for change. Thanks to all the organizers, partners, and sponsors for making this a great day!”

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Matt Eldridge
Undergraduate Student, Department of Psychology, York University
Poster Presentation Award Recipient

“The Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health Student Symposium was a really great experience for me. It brought together a diverse group of students who approach sexual health research in very unique ways. My favourite part of the symposium would probably have to be the warm, friendly, and relaxed environment. I felt comfortable approaching others to discuss interests and current research. This was really important to me as it made it easy to share my work, learn about the work of others, and develop ideas for the future. It was an exciting opportunity to interact with my mentors and my peers. I met a lot of really bright, talented people that day. From discussions with others and listening to all of the presentations, I felt inspired, motivated, and excited to continue on in this field. I also have to mention the food as it was particularly awesome. I fed my body and my mind that day. I am definitely looking forward to more symposiums like this one in the future.”

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Student InvestigatorsPhoto: TTS Student Involvement

  • Adrian Guta (Public Health PhD Student, University of Toronto)
  • Roxana Salehi (Environmental Studies PhD Student, York University)
  • Amrita Ghai (Psychology MA Student, York University)
  • Helena Shimeless (Environmental Studies MA Student, York University)
  • Carmen Logie (Social Work, PhD Student, University of Toronto)
  • Ali Lakhini (Environmental Studies MA Student, York University)
  • Kristen McIlroy (Gender Studies BA Student, University of Toronto)
  • Gloria Wenyeve (Environmental Studies MA Student, York University)
  • Kelly O’Brien (Physiotherapy, PhD Student, University of Toronto)
  • Angelique Jenney (Social Work, PhD Student, University of Toronto)
  • Paul Gorczynski (Physical Education and Health PhD Student, University of Toronto)
  • Ashley Heaslip, MHSc, (Aboriginal Health and Global Health; Dalla Lana School of Public  Health University of Toronto)
  • Chase Lo ( York University )
  • Dan Stadnicki (Environmental Studies MA Student, York University )
  • Safiya Olivadoti ( York University )
  • Chavisa Brett (Environmental Studies MA Student, York University )
  • Christine Smillie (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto )
  • Lewis Alexander Wright (Journalism, Ryerson University )
  • Amy Brown-Bowers (Clinical Psychology, Ryerson University )


  • York University
  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University
  • McGill University
  • HIV Economics and Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Ministry of Health, AIDS Bureau
  • Ministry of Health, STD Division
  • Planned Parenthood Toronto
  • Supporting Our Youth (SOY, a program of Sherbourne Health Centre)
  • Global Youth Voices // TeenNet
  • Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP)
  • LaMarsh Centre
  • York Institutes of Health Research
  • Native Child and Family Services
  • National Education Association of Disabled Students
  • Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Seed Grant Project Descriptions

1. A Pilot Study Exploring the Experiences of People With Disabilities who are HIV-Positive

Project investigators:
Stephanie Nixon, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

- Jill Hanass-Hancock, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division(HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Deb Cameron, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
- Karen Yoshida, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Lead community and/or policy partners:
Disability and HIV/AIDS Trust (DHAT), Zambia

The aim of this pilot study is to explore the experiences of people with disabilities in

Zambia who are HIV-positive, in order to:
1. Explore the feasibility of conducting this kind of study in Zambia (e.g., how to obtain ethics review in South Africa and Zambia, identifying the most appropriate protocols for participant recruitment, data storage and other procedures).
2. Acquire preliminary data to support the development of a larger operating grant for an expanded project in this area.
3. Develop the working relationships among the investigators and community partners in Canada and Southern Africa in a way that is respectful and mutually beneficial. This area of inquiry is important because it builds on expertise regarding the dual experience of HIV and disability already developed in Canada. The inquiry will contribute to thinking about policy and practice in Canada as well as Southern Africa.

2. Teens Resisting Urban Trans/Homophobia (TRUTH): Examining Trans/homophobia Among Diverse Toronto Youth

Principal Investigator(s):  
Robb Travers (Psychology, Wilfred Laurier University) & Susan Flynn (Planned Parenthood Toronto

Lead Community and/or Policy Partners:
Planned Parenthood Toronto

Homophobia and transphobia are forms of social exclusion that have been linked to adverse health outcomes among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (sexually diverse) youth.  The TRUTH Project is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of sexually diverse youth through collaborative community-based and policy-relevant research. In this initial seed phase, we will build a project team that will oversee project activities. Committed to community-based participatory research approaches, we will ensure that the ‘voices of youth’ are at the forefront of the project through the development of a Youth Advisory Committee and peer-based approaches to the project’s work.  Our main focus in this seed phase will be to collect information about the experiences of sexually diverse youth (particularly those related to homophobia and transphobia) and their health-related concerns and priorities. These data will inform a future research initiative intended to address urgent priority issues in support of a range of anti-homophobia/transphobia prevention strategies.

3. Healthy Sexualities, School-based Sex Education and Canadian Youth

Principal Investigator:  
Maria Gurevich (Psychology, Ryerson University)

Lead Community and/or Policy Partners:
To be Announced

This proposal for seed funding is aimed at developing an interdisciplinary research project that examines the ways in which school-based sex education (SBSE) influences the sexual health of youth.  We want to draw particular attention to considerations of healthy sexualities, which include a focus on negotiations of agency, desire and relationships.  Although the Health Canada Guidelines (2003) for sexual health education emphasize positive outcomes (e.g., rewarding relationships and pleasurable sexual experiences) as a key aspect of adolescent sexual health, the predominant focus in research and education on adolescent sexuality is on risk prevention. While this is clearly a vital component of sexual health, risk-focused analyses frequently ignore the enhancement dimensions of sexuality as a central feature which includes considerations of sexual self-concept, navigating sexual decision-making and relationships, and self-determination in experiencing and enacting desire.  Although most adolescents report wanting to obtain sexual education from parents and schools, high levels of dissatisfaction with information sources, including SBSE, have been found  (e.g., Byers et al., 2001; Flynn et al., 2005; Larkin et al., 2005).  Relatedly, teachers and parents frequently report feeling inadequate in providing relevant information (e.g., Cohen, Byers, Sears, & Weaver, 2001; Weaver, Byers, Sears, Cohen & Randall, 2001). There is also increasing recognition that while youth are interested in acquiring information about risk prevention, they are equally interested in debunking sexual myths and obtaining information about sexual readiness and relationship negotiation, pleasure and sexual behaviors (Layne at al., 2007). Shifting the focus of research and education efforts from risk assessment to healthy sexualities does not entail diverting attention from considering prevention as a key goal of sexual health education aimed at youth. Rather, recalibrating the focus from risk to health can make prevention efforts more effective by engaging youth more actively in health promotion that focuses on what, as emerging evidence suggests, they want to know about – how to navigate healthy relationships and pleasure in empowered ways.    

The objective of this pilot study is to examine the role of SBSE on the sexual health of youth, with a particular focus on agency and desire. The seed funding will support the following activities: 1) reviewing and analyzing the research base on sexual health education aimed at Canadian youth; 2) developing community and policy partnerships with sexual health education and information organizations and educational institutions; 3) conducting pilot interviews with key informants from each of the following groups: teachers who deliver sexual health education curricula, high-school students who are receiving these curricula, and members of sexual health education organizations; and 4) conducting a content analysis of the Ontario sexual health education curriculum.

4. Youth, Disability and Sexual Health

Principal Investigator(s):  
Sarah Flicker (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University), Stephanie Nixon (Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto) & Marcia Rioux (School of Health Policy and Management, York University), Denise Nepveux (Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Lead Community and/or Policy Partners:
People First, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the National Education Association of Disabled Students, the Centre for Independent Living Toronto, CNIB, and disability student centres at York, Ryerson & University of Toronto

Youth with disabilities share a staggering list of interrelated risk factors that may place them at increased vulnerability to HIV, including: increased poverty, lower educational levels, lower access to HIV prevention information, precarious access to HIV-related healthcare, greater engagement in behaviours conducive to sexual risk taking such as alcohol or drug use prior to sex and lack of condom use, higher rates of adolescent STDs and pregnancies, higher substance use and abuse, and elevated risk for sexual assault.  To date, there has been a lack of research on the HIV prevention needs of this vulnerable group despite this confluence of risk factors and the existence of approximately 300,000 Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 24 living with disabilities.  The proposed study aims to address this gap in research by working with youth with disabilities to examine vulnerabilities to HIV and to identify methods for effectively delivering HIV prevention strategies to this population.

5. Performed Ethnography, HIV/AIDS & Aboriginal Youth

Principal Investigator(s):

June Larkin (The Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI), University of Toronto)

Lead Community and/or Policy Partners:
Native Child and Family Services

This seed grant project will support an innovative knowledge dissemination strategy for research on HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal youth.  Our goals are to: 1) involve Aboriginal youth in a performed ethnography project designed to turn data from our study on HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal youth into scripts and discussion questions that can be used to educate both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities; 2) develop a draft evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of the scripts as a knowledge dissemination strategy; and 3) pilot the performed ethnography and evaluation tool with Aboriginal youth and non-Aboriginal youth. This project extends the collaborative work of the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP) Project, University of Toronto and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) to include Native Child and Family Services and will be used as the basis of a larger proposal to support the wider dissemination of this prevention strategy and to assess its effectiveness with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups.

Read more about this project in the U of T Bulletin...
and in CUHI's Spring 2009 newsletter!

Additional RIG Projects

  • Toronto Teen Survey: Developing a youth sexual health strategy for the city of Toronto (funded by the OHTN & CIHR)
  • iThemba Lethu (IsuZulu for ‘I have a Destiny’)  (funded by the Joint funding agreement)
  • Taking Action:   Building Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention (funded by CIHR)
  • Youth, Disability and Sexual Health (CUHI 2008 Seed Grant Recipient)
  • Performed Ethnography, HIV/AIDS & Aboriginal Youth (CUHI 2008 Seed Grant Recipient)
  • Exploring Barriers in Access to Sexual Health Services for Diverse Youth
  • Youth as Knowledge Producers (funded by SSHRC)Youth, Disability, and HIV Prevention
  • Toronto Teen Survey
  • The Toronto Teen Survey Sexpress Report Launch was held on June 2nd, 2009 at the YMCA. The results of this study have been widely disseminated through the mass media, and we are looking forward to further analysis of population specific data that will be released in 2009-2010. To learn more about the Toronto Teen Survey, please visit: .

Youth Sexual Health RIG E-mail List

The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI) in partnership with York University, will be sponsoring a series of events for graduate students on topics related to Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health. We intend to invite speakers conducting research in this area to present their work, and engage graduate students in discussions of relevant theoretical, methodological and epistemological issues. These sessions will rotate between York, Ryerson, and the University of Toronto.

We have created a Youth RIG listerv to keep graduate students informed of this speaker series, and other RIG related activities and events.

We also encourage faculty and community partners to join, and post relevant events and opportunities.

You can join here

Upcoming Events

2011 Student Research Symposium on Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health
March 24th, 2011- More information to come.

Past Events

"Performed Ethnography, HIV/AIDS & Aboriginal Youth"
Presented by Sidney Smith Hall (University of Toronto); June Larkin (New College, University of Toronto); Tiffany Nelson (Native Child and Family Services of Toronto); Christine Smillie (Ontario Institute for Studies In Education); The Youth Warriors (Native and Family Services of Toronto)
eptember 23rd, 2010

"Are they Doing Desire Differently?: Canadian Youth Developing Sexual Selves" 
Presented by Dr. Maria Gurevich (Department of Psychology, Ryerson University)
2008 CUHI Seed Grant Recipient
Thursday April 2nd 2009

Reflecting on the Wet and Dry Moments in Youth Participatory Action Research”
Presented by: Dr. Michelle Fine (Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Thursday, March 26th 2009

Indicators of Sexual Health Among Canadian Youth: What Does the Research Data Tell Us?”
Presented by: Dr. Alexander McKay (Research Coordinator, The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada : SIECCAN)

“How to Involve Youth as Co-Researchers”
Dr. Sarah Flicker
, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University : Screening of the Toronto
December 3rd 2008

“What about the Guys? Young men's invisibility in sexual risk and sexual health research”
Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc
, University of British Colombia and the McCreary Centre

“Innovative Sexual Health Programming”
October 15th, 2008

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