Winston Husbands PhD (University of Western Ontario); BA, MPhil (University of the West Indies, Kingston JA)
My research and related knowledge development address (a) how health and wellbeing among Black communities emerge in the context of structural disadvantage, and (b) community-based, self-determined approaches to understanding and promoting health among Black Canadian communities. My research activities have examined sexual health, structural violence and health, health and social justice, and community-engaged research.
Professional Summary & Appointments
I have been involved in research, capacity building and related activities to strengthen the response to HIV among Black communities since the mid-199Os. Initially, I volunteered with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. Since then I have been Director of Research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. I was also a founding co-Chair of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV and AIDS in Ontario.
Honours & Awards
CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in HIV Research Award for Community-based Research, 2018.
Current Research Projects
weSpeak: HIV-related vulnerability and resilience among heterosexual Black men in Ontario.
A/C Study: monitoring the prevalence of HIV and its relationship to individual and systemic factors among Black communities in Toronto and Ottawa.
Husbands, W., Lawson, D., Etowa, E., Mbuagbaw, L., Baidoobonso, S., Tharao, W., Yaya, S., Nelson, L., Aden, M., Etowa, J. (2022). Black Canadians’ exposure to everyday racism: implications for health system access and health promotion among urban Black communities. Journal of Urban Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-022-00676-w.
Etowa, J., Tharao, W., Mbuagbaw, L., Baidoobonso, S. Hyman, I., Obiorah, S., Aden, M., Etowa, E., Gebremeskel, A., Kihembo, M., Nelson, L., Husbands, W. (2022). Community perspectives on addressing and responding to HIV-testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) among African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) People in Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13093-0
Antabe, R., Miller, D., Kohoun, B., Okunufua, O., Husbands, W. (2021). Black resilience: a strategic asset for engaging heterosexual Black Canadian men in community responses to HIV. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-01011-w.
Husbands, W., Nakamwa, J., Tharao, W., Greenspan, N., Calzavara, L., Sathiyamoorthy, T., Muchenje-Marisa, M., Arnold, K., Browne, O., Kerr, J. (2020). Love, judgement and HIV: congregants’ perspectives on an intervention for Black churches to promote critical awareness of HIV affecting Black Canadians. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-020-00808-5
Husbands, W., Kerr, J., Calzavara, L., Tharao, W., Greenspan, N., Muchenje-Marisa, M., Luyombya, H., Nakamwa, J., Arnold, K., Nakiweewa, S., Browne, O. (2020). Black PRAISE: Engaging Black congregations to strengthen critical awareness of HIV affecting Black Canadian communities. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daaa057.
Husbands, W., Miller, D., McCready, L., Williams, C. et al. (2019). Sexuality and sexual agency among heterosexual Black men in Toronto: tradition, contradiction and emergent possibilities in the context of HIV and health. Canadian Journal of Sociology 44(4), 399-424.