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Margaret Erickson

Research Associate & Sexual Health Educator

Summary

Extensive experience working with marginalized populations (i.e., people living with HIV, sex workers, people who experience mental health and or substance use issues, at-risk youth, incarcerated populations, Indigenous populations) at a community level within local and global settings. Over 4 years working in HIV and sexual health research. Detail oriented with strong time management and leadership skills. Experience with crisis intervention and conflict resolution.

Work Experience

2018Present

Project Coorinator

Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction

Coordination, implementation and execution of a project in partnership with the Ministry of Health focused on substance use care and services in BC. 

2013Present

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Extensive experience working with research cohorts including people  living with HIV and Hepatitis C, women sex workers in Metro-Vancouver and northern Uganda, street entrenched youth, and people who use illicit drugs in Metro-Vancouver. 

1. Research Associate
Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (Oct 2014- Present)

  • Data analysis, publishing and presenting research and development of qualitative interview guides for community based research exploring the lived experiences of women living with HIV in Metro-Vancouver, and sex workers in northern Uganda. Current research examines impact of provincial  incarceration on HIV care outcomes for women. 

2. Research Coordinator
Hepatitis C Treatment Program Prospective Cohort Study
(Aug 2016- February 2018)

  • Coordination of a research study for 200+ individuals being treated for Hepatitis C within three Vancouver community clinics. Collecting and maintaining data and liaising with physicians and healthcare providers to ensure quality research.

3. Clinical Research Associate/ Study Site Coordinator
Incentives Study (May 2016- Present)

  • Recruitment, outreach and primary data collection for a research study investigating the impact of novel strategies to aid with the adherence of HIV medications for 100+  individuals living with HIV who are also using drugs.
  • Liaising and relationship building with 60 + community and health care organizations in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

4. Research Interviewer

BC Centre for Substance Use - VIDUS/ACCESS/ARYS 
(Oct 2013-Oct 2016)

  • Interviewing study participants for a longitudinal research project exploring the lived experiences of +4000 persons with a history of drug use, persons living with HIV and street entrenched youth in Metro-Vancouver. 
July 2017Jan. 2018

Crisis Intervention Worker

City of Vancouver

Working after-hours with the Victim Services Unit to provide support to people who experience crime or traumatic experiences within Vancouver. Providing on scene support, information and referrals.

Jan. 2016Apr. 2016

Prison Health Education 

CHIRON Health Services Inc. - Correctional Healthcare

Engaging with incarcerated populations, key stakeholders, correctional centre healthcare providers and correctional staff to create and deliver health education materials on topics related to Sexual Health, Substance Use and Addictions, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Harm Reduction for incarcerated populations and correctional staff at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women & Fraser Regional Correctional Centre (for men).

20132016

Residential Youth Worker

Anika Youth Services

Implementing youth centred programming, crisis management and daily management of group homes for at-risk female youth including Indigenous and minority youth. Connecting youth to community organizations and facilitating client centred individual care plans on a case by case basis. Administering first aid and medications and maintaining household budget and government reviewed logs.
- 2017- Creation and delivery of sexual health education to youth and staff on a voluntary basis

May 2012Aug 2012

Sexual Health Outreach Educator

Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education for high school students, after school youth programs, communities, and prison inmates in the Cape Coast region of Ghana. Administering rapid response HIV testing and counselling. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Jun 2011Sep 2011

Youth Support Worker

Daughters and Sisters, Plea Community Services, Surrey

Conflict management, individual and group support, facilitation of daily and evening programming and assisting with alternative school classroom programs for youth from across BC and Northern Canada during a 6-month drug rehabilitation & addiction program.

Jun 2011Sep 2011

Youth Support Worker

Daughters and Sisters, Plea Community Services, Surrey

Conflict management, individual and group support, facilitation of daily and evening programming and assisting with alternative school classroom programs for youth from across BC and Northern Canada during a 6-month drug rehabilitation & addiction program.

Volunteer

May 2017Present

1-800-SEX-SENSE Sexual Health Educator

Options for Sexual Health

Providing sexual health information and resources via confidential phone line or by email.

Feb. 2013Apr. 2013

Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week

PLEA Community Services Society of BC

Assisted in the planning of March Awareness Week on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Youth and Children.

Feb. 2009Jul. 2009

Primary School Teacher

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lesson planning, teaching and supervision of primary students in a public School in Ghana.