Abigail Kroch Ph.D., M.P.H.
My work as an epidemiologist and researcher focuses on the HIV epidemic in Ontario. I support analysis and creation of knowledge translation products to better plan policy, community and clinical programs to have the greatest impact on the reduction of HIV transmission and an improved quality of life for people living with HIV. I lead the Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance initiative through which my colleagues and I are study the cascade of care in Ontario using laboratory data, and breaking down the cascade by priority populations to identify the health inequities and leverage points for clinicians to improve outcomes for people living with and at risk for HIV in Ontario. In addition, I am the principal investigator for the OHTN Cohort Study (OCS), in which we support collection and link individual level data from questionnaire, clinical and laboratory data for more than 4000 active participants in clinical care. We use the resulting data sets to investigate outcomes for HIV positive individuals and identify those groups who are not receiving equivalent access to services and support clinical care for people living with HIV. I promote a health equity lens when analyzing HIV data, with particular attention to stigma and socio-economic disadvantage for both people living with HIV and those at risk for HIV.