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.
The North American Summit Series and International AIDS Conference satellite meetings have enabled partners to: