The Manitoba HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network:
also known as “CINetwork”
Who We Are
Established in 2016 and supported by Nine Circles Community Health Centre, the MB HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network is a network of innovators that works to change the landscape of HIV-STBBI’s in Manitoba through system changes.
System changes are about shifting the conditions that are holding the problems in place.
Social Innovation Generation
The MB HIV-STBBI Collective Impact Network is a network of innovators working collaboratively to transform the landscape of HIV-STBBI in Manitoba. Composed of people with lived experience, researchers, health care professionals, policy makers, community-based organizations and Indigenous organizations, we work on understanding systems gaps and barriers and bringing diverse stakeholders together to develop innovative community-based culturally responsive solutions. We advance our key goals to increase HIV-STBBI testing, improve linkage to care, decrease the incidence of HIV-STBBI, disrupt stigma and discrimination by tackling complex system-related issues.
We align our goals/common agenda with the Federal STBBI Strategy (2019) Accelerating Our Response – Government of Canada Five-Year Action Plan on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections.
CIN Stewardship Team
CINetwork is guided by the CIN Stewardship Team, which oversees the network’s direction, activities, and sustainability. It also monitors the broader level CINetwork activities, including planning events, evaluating the CINetwork, and making sense of findings from the CINetwork’s activities to connect with policymakers and facilitate policy changes in Manitoba. The team consists of people with lived experience, researchers, community-based organization reps, health authority reps, policymakers, Indigenous organization reps, and other interested parties.
What is Collective Impact?
Collective Impact is a form of action where groups and individuals join together to address a complex and prominent challenge by working together, rather than in isolation. CINetwork was created to address the complex issue of HIV-STBBIs in Manitoba and create systemic change and is one of the only networks in North America addressing this important issue.
To learn more about the concept of Collective Impact, check out Stanford Social Innovation Review, Innowave, and FSG.
Funding for CINetwork comes from primarily three agencies:
- Public Health Agency of Canada through the Community Action Fund
- REACH – Nexus
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Waniska – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Indigenous Centre for HIV/HCV/STBBIs Inequities.
Waniska is an Indigenous-led centre for HIV research, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) focused on Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The centre already has broad connections in both provinces, nationally and internationally, both in community and among Indigenous and allied academics. Waniska hopes to reduce the HIV/HCV/STBBI inequities within and across Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and other parts of Canada. Waniska also wants to build up its capacity to conduct research through partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts of Indigenous health and HIV/HCV/STBBI research.