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June 11 & 12, 2005  
Atlanta, GA  


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Dr. David Holtgrave, of the
of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, facilitates a panel on housing as an HIV prevention strategy.

Ginny Shubert, of Shubert Botein Policy Associates, leads the group of researchers and policy experts in discussion on Saturday afternoon.


On June 11th and 12th, 2005 NAHC hosted the innovative National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit: An Examination of the Role of Housing in the HIV/AIDS Continuum of Care and of Housing Status as a Determinant of Individual and Community Health.  The Summit took place at the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Emory University’s Alumni Conference immediately preceding the 2005 National HIV Prevention Conference, convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The summit was an unprecedented forum for a core group of researchers and policy experts to present and discuss existing research, to share information and strategies regarding ongoing and planned research projects, to discuss the policy and program implications of rigorous research, and to examine and discuss disparities in access to care and health outcomes.

The Summit's convening researchers included:

  • Angela Aidala, Ph. D., of the Center for Applied Public Health at Columbia University
    and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Dennis Culhane, Ph. D., of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Cartographic Modeling Lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
  • David Holtgrave, Ph. D., of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Dr. Angela Aidala

Dr. Suzanne Wenzel

Other participating researchers:

  • Martha Burt, Ph.D., of the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human
    Services and Population
  • Carlos del Rio, M.D., of the Emory University School of Medicine
  • Ernest Drucker, Ph.D., of Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of
  • Elise Riley, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the San Francisco General Hospital
  • Suzanne Wenzel, Ph.D, of the Rand Corporation

Also in attendance were a number of leading experts on housing policy and health care access, including NAHC Board members. 


Working Session of Researchers and Policy Experts

On Saturday morning, the gathered researchers presented on their work involving HIV/AIDS and housing in a series of panels including:

  • Epidemiological overview of housing status and HIV/AIDS
  • Housing as an HIV prevention intervention
  • Housing and HIV treatment access, adherence, and outcomes






  Dr. Martha Burt, of the Urban Institute, participates in the Saturday morning discussion.






NAHC Board President, Christine Campbell, presents on public policy challenges and opportunities.


Following the research presentations, policy experts spoke about the current and anticipated public policy challenges and opportunities surrounding HIV/AIDS and housing.  The group discussed the policy implications of the research, gaps in research including recommendations for future research, and ways to effectively use results as a mechanism for public policy change.

The group identified the following goals: A Re-Visioned HIV/AIDS Housing Policy & Advocacy Agenda:

  • Make subsidized, affordable housing - including supportive housing for those who need it - available to all low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Make housing homeless persons a top prevention priority, since housing is a proven HIV prevention strategy.
  • Establish a national commitment to decent, safe, affordable and adequate housing as a right of every American.


Participants work on finalizing the Summit Results presentation

Community Discussion

The Sunday afternoon portion of the Summit consisted of a Community Discussion involving 45 participating researchers, policy experts, AIDS housing providers, and consumers.  James Curran, Dean of the Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Terri Lee, Director of the Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development, introduced the Community Discussion portion of the Summit.

The Discussion began with a brief presentation of the Summit’s genesis and goals and an overview of the results by the convening researchers.  Two panels followed, including discussion and questions involving a housing advocate, housing providers, AIDS housing consumers, and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Community Discussion attendees listen to a question for a panel member.

Panel participants came from around the country to present and take part in the Q & A session.


Download Summit Materials & Products

Materials from the event:

Resulting Products:

  • NAHC's fully cited, 16-page Housing and HIV/AIDS Policy Paper, the culmination of discussion, research analysis, and public policy examination stemming from the June Research Summit.
  • Research Summit Briefing Book, an extensive collection of journal articles, researcher presentations, policy fact sheets, abstracts, and other information related to research on housing and HIV/AIDS!  The book is available at cost or with a discount to NAHC members.  Click on the above link to view the release and order form. View the complete table of contents! 
  • View the Power Point of Summit Results, compiled by Summit participants summarizing the presented research and ongoing challenges.
  • View the Research Fact Sheet: two-page fact sheet summarizing some of the striking research presented at the summit.  Can be used as an advocacy tool to demonstrate how housing status affects individual/community health and prevention.


  • Read an article on the the recently released Housing and HIV/AIDS Policy Paper in the November 7, 2005 edition (vol. 33 CD 23, pg. 722) of the Housing and Development Reporter.
  • Read an article on the Summit in Housing Washington, a quarterly publication of the Low Income Housing Institute.

Want to know more or get involved?  Email nahc@nationalaidshousing.org.

Summit Picture Gallery

Click here to view more pictures from the National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit.



NAHC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following organizations and individuals: 

$25,000 +

$10,000 - $24,999
Housing Works, Inc.

 $5,000 – $9,999
Broadway Cares
Southern AIDS Coalition
Corporation for Supportive Housing
National Alliance to End Homelessness

 $1,000 – $4,999
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Gilead Pharmaceuticals
Bailey House, Inc.
Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation

AIDS Services of Dallas

$1 – $999
SAVE, Inc.
Ms. Gina Quattrochi, Esq., In honor of Keith Cylar
Ms. Lynne M. Cooper
Ms. Cassandra Ackerman

Facilities and Logistical Support Provided by
The Emory University Center for AIDS Research
The Emory University African American Alumni Association



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