The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is pleased to announce the 2010 recipient of the Award of Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation: Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco.
Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco
Francisco is an exceptional leader and has contributed significantly to the field of HIV and rehabilitation.
Francisco’s outstanding qualities include his enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration when it comes to rehabilitation and people living with HIV. He continually pushes boundaries, weaving the concept of HIV, disability and rehabilitation into all aspects of his work.
Born in Chile in 1963, Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco is an AIDS activist, educator, researcher and writer. He migrated to Canada in 1985 and became HIV-positive six months later. Francisco obtained his PhD in Education in 1999 with a focus on health education and sexuality. He has worked as an AIDS outreach worker, university instructor in qualitative research methods, creative writing educator at Goddard College (2004-2009) and an HIV community-based research facilitator in British Columbia (2003-2009). Since 2009, Francisco has been the Program Manager of Universities Without Walls, a national training program for emerging HIV researchers at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.
Francisco’s fiction has been published in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
His non-fiction and academic writing has appeared in a number of edited collections, magazines, and newspapers, including: Public Acts Disruptive Readings on Making Curriculum Public (co-edited with Erica Meiners, 2004); “Organizing CBR Knowledge Between University and Communities: Lessons Learned” in Journal of Community Development with Pilar Riaño-Alcalá (2009) and “Posi+ive Prevention for Gay Men: Dismounting Missionary Positions” in Adult Education in Queer Contexts: Power, Politics, and Pedagogy with Peter Hall (2009).
His community service began as member of the Board of Directors of AIDS Vancouver in 1989. He served on the CWGHR Board of Directors from 2002 until 2007, and was Co-Chair from 2002 to 2006. His research interests include HIV as an episodic disability in the context of rehabilitation and social participation, HIV and aging and gay men’s health and sexuality in the context of HIV.
Francisco is highly regarded by so many in the community and academia who have had the opportunity and privilege to work with him. He is a source of innovation and optimism, seeing ways to enhance the field of HIV and rehabilitation and bridge with other more traditional areas of HIV practice and research.