Research Summit IV
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) convened the fourth Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit June 3rd through 5th, 2009, in Washington, DC. NAHC continued its collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was 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 IV brought together 189 participants consisting of 144 Americans, 43 Canadians, 1 Haitian, and 1 Ghanaian. There were 24 states represented plus DC and 6 Canadian provinces.
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 was 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 was be preceded by two half-day training institutes 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.
We would like to thank Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), for speaking 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.