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Summit V

A growing body of evidence identifies housing status as a key structural factor influencing HIV vulnerability, risk and health outcomes, and shows that receipt of housing assistance has an independent, direct impact on receipt of HIV care, health status and mortality among homeless and unstably-housed people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

The Summit VI theme is Eliminating HIV Health Disparities, to focus on the potential of housing strategies to address inequalities in HIV health outcomes and to end the AIDS crisis by preventing new infections.  The Summit VI program will emphasize the housing need and impact of housing interventions among vulnerable populations and in underserved communities, including (without limitation):

Rural areas:

Rural areas are often characterized by isolation, vast geographic distances preventing access to medical and supportive services, sigma and fear of identity in small communities, lack of awareness of resources, and lack of transportation.  These factors pose unique barriers to housing access and stability for PLWHA in rural areas.

The Southern U.S.:

Compared with other regions of the country, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is spreading rapidly in the South, and is more concentrated among African Americans, women, and rural residents. While there is little published research, the available evidence reveals substantial housing instability among PLWHA throughout the region.

The Caribbean:

HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among young and middle-aged adults in the Caribbean, where prevention efforts are stalled by the overlap of stigma, drug use and homelessness.  Research indicates that homeless persons are at highest risk of HIV infection and early death. 

Displaced persons and mobile populations:

Persons made homeless by natural disasters, forced evictions, conflict, and economic and political migration face extreme vulnerability to HIV infection and poor health outcomes.  Displaced and mobile populations are often excluded from care, and experience high rates of HIV infection, morbidity and mortality.



Russell Mawby
Russell Mawby has worked in community and urban development since 1991. With degrees in Biology and Architecture, he founded the Collaborative Housing Society in 1991, and worked with a wide variety of housing organizations towards building better communities for themselves, their families and their neighbours. In 1996 he became the Housing Facilitator for the City of Saskatoon, and led the introduction of housing and neighbourhood development policies and programs, including establishing one of the first housing indicators systems in Canada, and co-founding the Community University Institute for Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan. He became Director of Housing for the City of Ottawa in 2003, and was responsible for the city's involvement in social housing, homelessness and affordable housing development, as well as the introduction of neighbourhood planning. In 2009 he founded Places Group to bring together leading Canadian practitioners to provide advice, expertise and assistance to groups seeking to undertake place-based approaches to social, economic and urban development.

Raphael W. Bostic, PhD
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Dr. Raphael Bostic is a key advisor to the HUD Secretary on overall Departmental policy, program evaluations, demonstrations, and research. Dr. Bostic leads a multi-disciplinary team of nearly 160 people that is responsible for providing current information on housing needs, economic and housing market conditions at the regional, city, and local levels, and research on important housing and community development issues. This information helps the Secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as budget and legislative proposals.


Ronald O. Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In this capacity, Dr. Valdiserri works closely with the Assistant Secretary for Health to develop scientific and policy advice to ensure coordinated approaches within and across DHHS agencies to address infectious diseases of national public health significance. Dr. Valdiserri has lead responsibility for oversight of DHHS responsibilities for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in collaboration with federal partners, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and affected constituencies.

Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH
Director of National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Dr. Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH, is the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). In November 2005, Dr. Fenton was named director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, which was renamed NCHHSTP in March 2007 to reflect the addition of CDC's Viral Hepatitis program. He previously served as chief of CDC's National Syphilis Elimination Effort since January 2005.

Libby Davies
Canadian Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party (NDP)
Libby Davies has been a Member of Parliament for Vancouver East since 1997 and served as the NDP House Leader from 2003 to March 2011. Libby is also the federal NDP Spokesperson for Health. Since being elected as a Member of Parliament, Libby has provided a strong voice for Vancouver East. She became involved in every community issue; from protecting community services to developing affordable housing, fighting for parks and working for the elimination of poverty. Libby has also been a tireless advocate in Parliament for a national housing program, and has successfully forced federal governments to address this basic human right.

Nigel Fisher
Nigel Fisher is the Deputy Special Representative, Ad Interim, for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He also serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Ad Interim. Mr. Fisher brings to the position extensive cross-cultural leadership experience in the fields of international development, human security and child development, with a particular focus on innovative humanitarian and developmental action in conflict and post-conflict situations. Having joined the United Nations in 1977, he recently completed an assignment as Senior United Nations System Representative to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment in Haiti. Since 2005, Mr. Fisher has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Canada. As Assistant Secretary-General, he has also served as Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services and as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), where he oversaw the Organization's countrywide humanitarian and reconstruction programmes. Mr. Fisher has lived and worked in a dozen developing countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and has developed considerable time to the protection of children affected by armed conflict.

If you have any questions, please contact the Summit Coordinator summit@ohtn.on.ca or 416 642 6486 ext. 2238