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Margaret Erickson

Research Associate & Sexual Health Educator

Summary

Extensive experience working in public health research and community based programs for and 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. Strong leadership and facilitation skills and detail oriented. Experience with crisis intervention and conflict resolution.

Work Experience

April 2018Present

Project Coordinator

Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

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

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. 

2. Research Coordinator - Vancouver Coastal Health Partnership
Hepatitis C Treatment Program Prospective Cohort Study
(Aug. 2016- Feb. 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 service providers to ensure quality research.

3. Clinical Research Associate/ Study Site Coordinator
Incentives Study (May 2016- April 2018)

  • 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 illicit drugs.
  • Liaising 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

Vancouver Police Department

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).

May 2013April 2016

Residential Youth Worker

Anika Youth Services

Youth centred programming, crisis management and daily management of group homes for youth with concurrent disorders. Facilitating client centred individual care plans administering 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).

June 2011Sept. 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.

June 2011Sept. 2011

Youth Support Worker

Daughters and Sisters, Plea Community Services, Surrey

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

Volunteer

May 2017May 2018

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.