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Table 2 Overview of the CHIWOS Peer Research Associate training agenda, curriculum, and teaching activities

From: Hiring, training, and supporting Peer Research Associates: Operationalizing community-based research principles within epidemiological studies by, with, and for women living with HIV

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Morning Welcome and opening
•Acknowledgement of Indigenous territories
•Introductions via team strengths scavenger hunt and map
•Learning outcomes and agenda
Welcome and opening:
•Acknowledgement of Indigenous territories
•Overview of the agenda
•Clarifying “muddiest points”
Welcome and opening:
•Acknowledgement of Indigenous territories
•Overview of the agenda
•Clarifying “muddiest points”
•Project details scavenger hunt
Welcome and opening:
•Acknowledgement of Indigenous territories
•Overview of the agenda
•Clarifying “muddiest points”
•Developing a study “elevator speech”
Orientation to study:
•Study background
•Provincial epidemiology of HIV and women
•Study justification and goals
•Study guiding frameworks and principles
•Study design and timeline
Orientation to the job of a Peer Research Associate:
•What to expect in working with CHIWOS
Successful surveying:
•Brainstorm skillful/unskillful survey practices
•Survey demonstration and discussion
•Rationale of survey design
How to’s:
•Overview of binder contents and HR agreements
•Overview of the job of a PRA
•Participant recruitment
•Appointment logistics
•What to bring to conduct a survey
Survey rationale:
•Purpose and rationale behind each survey question
Informed consent process:
•Demonstration and practice
Closing a survey:
•Resources for participants
•Demonstration and practice
Lunch and team building activity
Afternoon Roadmaps for connection:
•Poem and discussion: Turning to One Another [48]
•Storytelling roadmap activity to create and discuss roadmaps for “bridging our differences,” “unlearning prejudices,” “self-care,” “changing roles”
Hands-on survey practice and feedback Safety and well-being:
•Supports for participants and PRAs
•Emotional and psychological precautions
•Boundaries and triggers
•Self-care plans
Problem-solving scenarios:
•Role playing
Introduction to the online survey data capture interface:
•Training and hands-on practice
Closing:
•Review: concept map
•Plan for next day
•Evaluation: muddiest point
•Closing round: “one idea I’m leaving with”
Closing:
•Concept mapping: debrief on survey process and Experiences
•Plan for the next training
•Closing round: impact of the day on the “head, heart, and hands”
Closing:
•Review: concept map
•Plan for the next day
•Evaluation: muddiest point
•Closing round: “one idea I’m leaving with”
Closing:
•Next steps for training and starting the job (e.g., survey piloting, team meeting)
•Closing round: impact of the training on the “head, heart, and hands”
  1. Note: Teaching activities were delivered by a range of team members including Peer Research Associates, the study principal investigators, project coordinators, and an expert in adult education