BC Co/Lab

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Funding body

Health Canada (Substance Use and Addictions Program)

Duration of support


For more details, visit the official Co/Lab website.

The Collaborative Community Laboratory on Substance Use and Harm Reduction (Co/Lab) is a collaborative network for research and knowledge exchange to promote health and health equity for people who use drugs (including alcohol, other licit, and illicit drugs). Co/Lab activities are guided by collaborations with people who use drugs, families, health care providers, researchers and policy makers, and are focused on generating practical evidence that can be used to enhance substance use services and supporting policies.

For more information, contact: Dr. Bernadette Pauly or Dr. Karen Urbanoski at cisur@uvic.ca

Progress to date

We have developed a draft framework for equity oriented surveillance monitoring. It has been reviewed by community partners to enhance relevance and applicability, and findings are now being incorporated into the final framework.  We have identified key indicators and begun the process of data requests for development of community reports.  A key aspect of work has been the production of methodological and research bulletins as well as practice briefs and the initiation of a Community of Practice partners interested in surveillance monitoring and have hosted webinars and roundtables on this topic as well as profiling community programs and responses to substance use in a variety of settings and for a range of population groups.

 For a full list of Co/Lab publications and outputs, view the Co/Lab resources page.