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Do you want to help shape and improve research for people in prison? Research like this aims to improve the health of people who experience incarceration. Our team at the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine is looking for 8-12 people who have been incarcerated to create a council that will advise on prison health research in our department and beyond.

People who have been incarcerated face systematic barriers in attending post-secondary institutions and conducting research. This council is being established with the hope that it will re-direct resources and power towards people affected by incarceration, and produce more meaningful and useful research on the health of people who are incarcerated.

You could help contribute to creating equitable and ethical research opportunities for people currently incarcerated and those with experience of incarceration.

Who can participate: • Individuals who have been in prison/jail in Ontario, especially in the last 5-10 years • Individuals interested in lending their voice to shape prison health research Especially those uniquely impacted by incarceration: • Black people, Indigenous people, and other People of Colour • Women and gender diverse individuals • LGBTQ2S+ identifying

No research experience is required. What you will do: You will participate in 12 virtual two-hour council meetings (with one-hour of prep time for each meeting) over 1 year; you will be paid 3 hours per meeting. The council will start in December 2023 and run through December 2024, with possibility of extension after.

You will help determine the direction of what the council will do, but activities may include: • Consulting on existing prison health research projects • Developing research priorities and project proposals • Developing your own research skills, for example through workshop participation • Evaluating the council itself (no research experience is required!) How to get involved:

If you’d like to participate, complete an application form at this link: We will also ask potential participants to take part in a half-hour information session on Zoom.

There are two options: • Monday October 30 at 3pm Eastern time • Thursday November 2 at 6:30pm Eastern time

Compensation: You will be reimbursed for your time! There are some restrictions on how much we can pay people in cash before we have to register them with the university as an independent contractor. To try and offer something that works for most people, we have two options: 1. Provide your SIN and address information to McMaster and get paid as an independent contractor via direct deposit to your bank account. Payment is $50 an hour at 3 hours per meeting (2 hours for the meeting and 1 hour prep).

2. Receive an honorarium via e-transfer without providing your SIN, to a maximum of $499 per calendar year, and beyond that receive gift cards toward expenses that assist you in participating in the meeting (e.g., for UberEats, cell phone, groceries, prepaid credit card); the combination will be equivalent to $50 an hour at 3 hours per meeting (2 hours for the meeting and 1 hour prep).

Contact: If you have any questions or experience difficulties with the application please email Lindsay Jennings,

Research Assistant II MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions

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