Call for abstracts

Update: Abstract review is underway; decisions will be emailed in early July.

The eighth North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit will be held September 14th through 16th, 2015, in Washington, DC. The scope of Summit VIII is expanded to include the full range of social drivers of HIV, including poverty, housing status, food security, employment, incarceration, race/ethnicity, behavioral health issues, stigma and intimate partner violence. What impact do these drivers have on health disparities? What policies and programs can influence these drivers or mitigate their negative effects?

Despite new treatment and prevention technologies that provide the tools needed to end AIDS, unmet subsistence needs, social marginalization, criminalization of behaviors and other structural factors continue to drive the HIV epidemic. Social factors leave key populations at significantly higher risk of HIV infection. They also limit access to treatment, care and support services. They increase health disparities and fuel poorer health outcomes. Because of these social drivers, HIV is increasingly concentrated among people and populations marginalized by poverty, homelessness, inequity, stigma and substance use.

Growing evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of structural interventions in strengthening HIV prevention and treatment programs. These interventions include social protections (such as housing, nutrition and transportation supports), economic empowerment (including education and job training), decriminalization, anti-discrimination laws and campaigns to change social norms. 

Rigorous research on social drivers and structural interventions is critical to lay the groundwork for these types of approaches and to support their scale-up.

We invite research, policy and practice abstracts relevant to the broadened Summit VIII theme of Tackling the Social Drivers of HIV. Topics of interest include:

  • The role of housing, food security and other social determinants of health in current efforts to end AIDS as an epidemic by significantly reducing new infections and HIV-related deaths
  • The intersections of incarceration, race and poverty and the impact of criminal justice involvement on HIV risk and health outcomes
  • The impact of intimate partner violence on HIV risk and treatment access, and models of trauma-informed care
  • Incorporating housing and other structural interventions into the HIV care continuum (“treatment cascade”) framework that is increasingly used to inform HIV health delivery and target resources
  • Initiatives to address policy or legal environments that contribute to stigma, marginalization and health inequities
  • Mental health and substance use as barriers to HIV prevention and care, and integrated systems of coordinated physical and behavioral health services
  • “Housing First” and other low-threshold models for delivering housing and other essential services
  • The emerging use of “Program Science” to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment programs and to make optimal use of available resources
  • Evidence, strategies and practical tools, including fiscal analyses, to assist jurisdictions to incorporate social and structural HIV interventions and to consistently measure and evaluate their impact. 

Abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. International abstracts are welcome.

Abstract Format

Abstracts are limited to 600 words and must include the presentation title and a complete list of authors including affiliations. Please identify one presenting author and one primary contact.

Use one of the following formats:

  • For scientific research presentations:
    • Background: study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem.
    • Methods: study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and statistical analyses.
    • Results: specific results in summary form.
    • Conclusions: description of outcomes, implications and limitations.
  • For presentations on policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations:
    • Issues: a short summary of the issue(s) addressed by the authors.
    • Description: description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program.
    • Lessons learned: a brief description of the results of the project.
    • Recommendations: a brief statement of next steps.

Abstract Submission & Review

This year, the Housing & HIV Summit will be accepting abstracts through Submittable. Abstracts must be submitted no later than June 12, 2015. Criteria for peer review will include innovation and relevance, approach/methodology, contribution to science, practice and/or policy, and results/lessons learned. Abstract decisions will be emailed on or before June 26, 2015 will be emailed in early July . The conference fee is waived for one (1) presenting author per accepted abstract, and a limited amount of travel support may be available for presenters who would not otherwise be able to attend.