Save the Date: North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit

North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit
Summit IV: Mobilizing Knowledge – Housing is Effective HIV Prevention and Care
June 3rd– 5th, 2009, Washington DC

Preliminary Agenda- May 20, 2009

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Convening Organizations:

  • US National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)

The United States National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) will convene the fourth Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit June 3rdthrough 5th, 2009, in Washington, DC. NAHC will continue its collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and will be joined for the first time by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) as a co-convening organization, to expand the scope of the Summit Series to bring together researchers, policy experts, consumers and providers of HIV/AIDS housing from across North America. The Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series is now established as the premiere venue for informing HIV/AIDS housing policy, and is acknowledged as an innovative and influential opportunity for the broader discussion of housing and health. Summit III brought together 225 participants, representing 25 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian Provinces, for presentations by over 40 experts on the relationship of housing status and HIV prevention and care. NAHC’s formal collaboration with the OHTN will make Summit IV the first regional research and policy meeting of its kind.

Increasing evidence points to the role of housing – or lack of housing – for the continuing HIV epidemic and health disparities. The theme of Summit IV is mobilizing knowledge, with a focus on building participants’ knowledge base and skills to inform housing and health policy and practice in their communities. In addition to the regular sessions, Summit IV will be preceded by a half-day training institute designed to build the capacity of consumers of HIV/AIDS housing and services to participate more actively in the design, guidance and interpretation of research.

Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will speak on Thursday, June 4th, at the Summit. Crowley is widely supported throughout the entire HIV/AIDS community. He exemplifies experience and expertise which reaffirms President Obama’s strong commitment to the development of a National AIDS Strategy. Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS- Free World, will deliver a key-note address on Friday, June 5th. AIDS-Free World is a new international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS. Mr. Lewis was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, he was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York, and from 1984-1988 Stephen Lewis was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. In April 2005, TIME magazine listed Stephen Lewis as one of the ’100 most influential people in the world’. He has received a number of prestigious awards and is the author of the best-selling book, “Race Against Time”. Stephen Lewis has dedicated his life to the cause and to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. We are honored that he will be a part of our three day interdisciplinary and interactive forum for the presentation of research findings on the relationship between housing status and HIV prevention and care.