Moyo Health and Community Services - Social Innovation Project

Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN). A group of students collaborating on a project.

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For over two decades, Moyo Health and Community Services (formerly the Peel HIV/AIDS Network) has provided a growing array of health promotion, education, social and support services for people living with HIV, their families, partners and community members. Through collaborative efforts and effective service delivery, Moyo has become the leading HIV/AIDS service provider for the Region of Peel’s 3 distinctive communities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

Learn more about Moyo Health and Community Services here!

The Challenge(s)

Challenge 1:

Harm Reduction Event: As an organization, we are facing issues with a lack of knowledge within the general community of what harm reduction is and isn't. There is a common misconception that harm reduction services, as well as consumption treatment services, lead to higher drug use in communities. While research has disproven this, we are seeking out ways to educate communities on a larger scale.

Project Idea 1:

A full day event based around harm reduction in the region of Peel. We would look to have a forum discussion lead by subject matter experts (outreach workers, front line staff, researchers etc.) The target would be young adults aged 18-25. During the forum, we would create opportunities for attendees to inform services and programming through well-defined recommendations.

A key deliverable would be a systems-level plan/approach to implement harm reduction knowledge into learning spaces. It would support the building of awareness around harm reduction for various stakeholders. 

• Project plan for full day event – key subject matter experts + engaged peers (youth) \

• Environmental scan and outlining pertinent pre-existing resources in Peel 

• Literature review of current research and barriers to harm reduction education and access to services 

• 1 planned activity during the day to review this environmental scan and provide an open space for youth discussion 

• Final report outlining an action plan or recommendations for various stakeholders within Peel. (developed by youth, for youth)  

Challenge 2:

Sexual Health Forum: Given the current provincial landscape within the education sector we are seeing an absence of basic sexual health education amongst young adults. we want to pick up the slack, and potentially further the discussion on sexual health, consent, and social health in digital environments. These will be planned, implemented and evaluated by the project team.   

Project Idea 2:

A full day event with panel discussions about sexual health and digital engagement. The panel discussion on the day will later inform a consultation with young adults in development of resources. The consultations will be used to address gaps in sexual health promotion and knowledge to support priority areas of growth, within digital environments. These consultations will reflect the current needs of young adults around their sexual health and how it relates to their overall well-being.  (for young adults by young adults). Another deliverable would include the review of pre-existing online resources and the identification of potential strategies to make them more culturally competent and accessible to youth. 

We are also looking for:

• Project plan for full day event – key subject matter experts + engaged peers (youth) 

• Environmental scan and outlining pertinent pre-existing resources in Peel 

• Literature review of current research and barriers to sexual health education online 

• 1 planned activity during the day to review this environmental scan and provide an open space for youth discussion 

• Final report outlining an action plan or recommendations for various stakeholders within Peel. (developed by youth, for youth)      

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on October 26th, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 

Theme(s)

Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Health Related and Event Coordination.

How Do I Sign Up?

There are a few steps before you can officially register for your project, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the mandatory online Volunteer Training module in Quercus. 
  2. Complete the registration form by Thursday October 24th by noon. (Register here)
  3. You will receive an e-mail confirming your spot in your project by October 24th.
  4. We'll see you on Saturday October 26th from 10am-4pm where you will meet your team, connect with your Communtiy Organization, and kick-off your project!

Inquiries

For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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