Research Summit II
Transforming Fact into Strategy – Developing a Public Health Response to the Housing Needs of Persons Living With and At Risk of HIV/AIDS
October 20 & 21, 2006
The National AIDS Housing Coalition convened the second National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit on October 20th and 21st, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. Summit II brought together leading researchers, policy experts, service providers and consumers, to continue the dialogue begun at the first Research Summit regarding the relationship between housing status and HIV prevention and care.
Summit II was conducted in partnership with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. David Holtgrave, Chair of the Department, was a convening researcher and the host of Summit I, held in June 2005 at Emory University.
The National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit series provides an unprecedented venue for the presentation of research of significance to HIV/AIDS housing policy, coupled with dialogue about the public policy implications of research findings. Summit II brought together approximately 150 participants – equal numbers of researchers, policy experts/advocates, and consumers and providers of housing services. Plenary sessions on a range of topics over two days provided an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, experience and perspective regarding the social determinants of HIV prevention and care, among participants from different disciplines, different parts of the country, and different socioeconomic perspectives. Participants examined empirical data on the relation of housing, HIV, and community health; discussed the policy implications of research findings; and worked collaboratively on the development of collective strategies for ensuring a sound, data-driven public health response to the housing needs of persons living with HIV and at heightened risk of infection.
Summit II built on the momentum and results of the first Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit – providing a unique forum for continuing to gather and communicate and offering a first-of-its-kind opportunity for participants to transform research findings into concrete strategies for change.
The National Housing HIV/AIDS Research Summit series is convened by the National AIDS Housing Coalition, Inc. (NAHC), a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1994 to assert the fundamental right of all persons living with HIV/AIDS to decent, safe, affordable housing and supportive services that are responsive and appropriate to their self-determined needs.
NAHC conducted the second Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit in collaboration with Dr. David Holtgrave and the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which was established in the summer of 2005 with a mission dedicated to research and training that advances scientific understanding of the impact on health of behavior and the societal context.
Leading researchers and policy experts in the fields of housing and health worked with NAHC and Johns Hopkins to convene the Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit; co-conveners include Dr. Angela Aidala of the Center for Applied Public Health at Columbia University and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Dr. Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, and member organizations of the Visioning Committee of the NAHC Board of Directors.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition has engaged Hilary Botein and Ginny Shubert from Shubert Botein Policy Associates (SBPA) to help plan, coordinate, and document the second Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit.
NAHC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following organizations and individuals:
$1 – $999
AIDS Housing of Washington
Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation
National Association of People With AIDS
National Minority AIDS Council
Columbus AIDS Task Force
Ms. Lynne M. Cooper
Ms. Cassandra Ackerman
Thank you to the following researchers who have donated so much of their time and intellectual passion to the Research Summit series:
David Holtgrave, PhD, Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Angela Aidala, PhD, Research Scientist, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Dennis Culhane, PhD, Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice
University of Pennsylvania