Tsion Demeke Abate works in Health Education & Policy and specializes in the areas of knowledge transfer and exchange and health policy development in communicable and non-communicable diseases. She works as a Community Educator in Edmonton and is the current co-chair of CHABAC. She has taught in higher education institutions both in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University) and Canada (University of Alberta); has immense experience working with regional, federal and international organizations (HIV Edmonton, UNESCO, IGAD). Tsion is passionate about community participation in health, community-health interventions, HIV prevention, Cancer Service Assessment, intervention evaluation, and health systems strengthening that aim to improve health outcomes for marginalized communities both in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, and influence global health policy development and implementation. She is interested in the broader social justice and human rights issues and has published a book chapter “Women and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa”, in Education and Social Development, Abdi and Guo, 2009, Routledge.”
The reality is that out of all Canadians living with HIV, more than one in four don't know they are living with it. And for those of us working with African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada, it doesn't surprise us to learn that Joseph is a Black man. People from African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.
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