Launched in 2005, the Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series is a unique interdisciplinary forum for consideration of research
findings and policy initiatives that focus on the role of housing, poverty and other structural determinants of HIV prevention and care outcomes. Summit meetings
support knowledge transfer and evidence-based skill building among people with HIV/AIDS, health and housing researchers, service providers, and policy makers at
the global, national and local levels. The Summit Series has become the primary venue for informing HIV/AIDS housing policy in North America, and is an influential
forum for broader discussion of the role of housing in disease prevention and management.
A strong evidence base identifies housing status as a key social driver of HIV vulnerability and health outcomes, and shows that receipt of housing
assistance has an independent, direct impact on HIV care, health status and mortality among people living with HIV/AIDS. Participants in Summit Series meetings share
and discuss new research findings, and then work together to translate the evolving evidence on housing and health into concrete action strategies to inform policy,
practice and ongoing research.
Through six North American Summits and International AIDS Conference satellite meetings in Mexico and Vienna, the Summit Series has enabled partners to:
- Build a platform that invites the development of germane research;
- Promote an HIV/AIDS housing research and policy agenda internationally;
- Develop new partners and enhanced support for structural HIV prevention and care interventions; and
- Create policy change on the national and local levels by means of evidence-based strategies.
The 2011 North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit VI, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, brought together 306
participants from eight countries, including the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Summit VI was convened by the U.S. National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC),
the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Academic partners included the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, the Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (National Institute of Public Health).
The Summit VI Agenda and Presentations are now available for download.
Summit VI Action Strategies have been developed by participants to translate research findings into evidence-based practice and policy.
Summit Series Resources, including the
2011 Summit Series Policy Paper and Issue Fact Sheets, synthesize the growing evidence base on the role of housing in effective disease prevention and management for persons living with
HIV/AIDS and other chronic illness. These resources can be used to support and inform evidence-based housing practice and policy.
The Summit Series Searchable Bibliography includes over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles related to HIV/AIDS and housing.
Other examples of the ongoing impact and relevance of the Summit Series include: