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
- 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.