MAX Ottawa, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and Somerset West Community Health Centre, has invited you to participate in an important Round Table Discussion. This platform is geared towards identifying and addressing issues relating to access to Sexual Health, Mental Health, and Prevention Services in Ottawa. Participants will be asked to participate in a 120-minute, qualitative, open-ended discussion. Your responses are strictly confidential and will only be used in the development of programs to cater to the present and existing needs of the community.
MAX will give gift cards to Individual community members (participants) to compensate for their participation. Please find more details below also attached are the first roundtable discussion report and event poster.
This will contribute to MAX and Ottawa Public Health behavior change interventions and positively impact an increase in access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. The new focus on mental health also responds to this objective by addressing issues and challenges that were raised in previous round table discussions.
When: 19th November 2021 from 2 to 4 PM EST
Where: Zoom (
Topic: 120-minutes discussion between community members, service providers, and health practitioners
Compensation: Gift cards offered by MAX Ottawa.
Maha Elmekki (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Ottawa. Since graduating, she has worked as a Public Health Nurse in Sexual Health and Harm Reduction. Maha works in a supervised consumption service monitoring for signs of a drug overdose, offering emergency medical support, and providing safer sex and harm reduction counseling including training on Naloxone use. In addition, she does outreach work with shelter-based populations providing PrEP medication – an HIV prevention method. Born in Sudan, and raised in Canada, Maha aims to deliver culturally sensitive and non-judgmental care to people who use substances and members of communities most affected by sexually transmitted infections.
Michelle James has more than 20 years of experience working in education, business, and social services. She has built her career around serving diverse and vulnerable populations including children and families, people with disabilities, and racialized communities.
Michelle is particularly proud of her work supporting individuals to create and strengthen connections to their communities at Service Coordination Support, Causeway Work Centre, and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. She also has the unique experience of having spent 10 years living and working with diverse communities in Japan.
She now brings her leadership and expertise to facilitate, support and grow African, Caribbean and Black Mental Health programs in Ottawa through the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition and Somerset West Community Health Centre.
Michelle holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Windsor and a graduate certificate from Humber College.
Patrick O’Byrne RN-EC PhD is a Full Professor of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. He is also a practicing Nurse Practitioner. Dr. O’Byrne’s research and clinical work focus on preventing, diagnosing, and managing sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections. Dr. O’Byrne is the principal investigator on the GetaKit project.


Nov 19 2021


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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