Research Summit III
Examining the Evidence: The Impact of Housing on HIV Prevention and Care
March 5 – 7, 2008
The Third National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit received global and national attention this year in Baltimore March 5-7, as the venue for discussion of some of the most compelling and ground breaking AIDS housing research to date. This year’s theme, Examining the Evidence: The Impact of Housing on HIV Prevention and Care, attracted over 200 HIV/AIDS researchers, housing and homelessness policy experts, consumers, and HIV/AIDS service providers from the U.S. and Canada, and served as the venue for release of preliminary findings from the HUD -Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study on housing as a factor in HIV prevention and treatment (H&H), as well as results of a large-scale examination of the impact of supportive housing on health outcomes and service utilization from the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership (CHHP). Coverage by the Wall Street Journal during the Summit highlighted the CHHP study and its “housing-first” model and featured Summit speakers Mary Pelts, a CHHP study-participant, and study director and NAHC board member, Arturo Bendixen.
Summit III participants engaged in lively and provocative discourse on a range of topics involving housing and health disparities, housing as an intervention tool for prevention, the cost-effectiveness of housing, and public policy issues. Over two and a half days, compelling data-based research was presented highlighting efficient models and methods addressing the need for decent and affordable housing as a necessary tool to ensure more positive health outcomes for PLWHAs. Summit keynoter, Shirlene Cooper of the New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) reminded participants that “Advocacy without research is just a temper tantrum”.
The Summit concluded with policy and research action strategy sessions focused on developing approaches for elevating and advancing the AIDS housing policy agenda at the local, state and federal levels. Participants cautioned that active consumer participation become an integral component in ongoing work on AIDS housing policy through future Summits and other related venues.
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.
Summit III will continue NAHC’s collaboration with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, 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 are working with NAHC and Johns Hopkins to convene Summit III including principal investigators and participating agencies involved in both the Housing and Health and Chicago Housing for Health Partnership studies. In addition to Dr. David Holtgrave, 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, Dr. Romina Kee, M.D. of the Collaborative Research Unit at John Stroger Hospital, Dr. Daniel P. Kidder of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 third Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit.
The National Housing and HIV/AIDS Summit is made possible by major support from the following sponsors. If your organization is interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact NAHC at (202) 347-0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solgar Vitamin & Herb
The Ford Foundation
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
Corporation for Supportive Housing