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Transforming Fact into Strategy – Developing a Public Health Response to the Housing Needs of Persons Living With and At Risk of HIV/AIDS

October 20th & 21st, 2006  - Mt. Washington Conference Center, Baltimore, Maryland


Friday, October 20th 

9:00 am – 10 am


10:00 am – 10:10 am


·         Joe Carleo, President, NAHC Board

·         David Holtgrave, Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

10:10 am – 10:45 am

Keynote Speaker

·       Introduction – Malcolm Coley, NAHC Board Member

·       Speaker – Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, United States House of Representatives (MD – 7th)

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Overview of Summit Format and Goals

·         Charles King, NAHC Visioning Committee

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Plenary Session:  Shifting the risk paradigm –housing status and social disparities in HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Moderator: David Holtgrave, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • Angela Aidala, PhD, Center for Applied Public Health at Columbia University and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences – Risky Persons vs. Risky Contexts – Housing as a Structural Factor Affecting HIV Prevention and HIV Care.
  • Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD, Institute for Community Research – The Relationship between Housing Status and HIV Risk among Active Drug Users:  A Qualitative Analysis.
  • Danielle German, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Residential Transience and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Injection Drug Users.
  • Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D., Pathways to Housing (NYC), Housing First:  Ending Homelessness for Individuals with Dual Diagnosis.

Comments from discussants:

  • Ronald Stall, PhD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Romina Kee, MD, Collaborative Research Unit, John Stroger Hospital, Chicago
  • Gloria Manamela, Brothers Uplifting Brothers, Merrillville, Indiana

Discussion of policy implications and action strategies

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Working Lunch Panel Discussion: Evidence-based public policy – defining and measuring outcomes that matter.


Moderator: Robert Cordero, Housing Works, Inc.


Comments from policy makers on outcomes measures that impact policy and funding decisions:

·         Mark Calabria, Professional Staff, Senate Banking Committee

·         Scott Olson, Professional Staff, House Financial Services Committee

·         Naomi Seiler, Counsel, Minority Staff, House Government Reform Committee  (invited)

Responses from researchers:

·         Paul Dornan, US Office of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research

·         Christopher Gordon, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health

·         Martha Burt, PhD, Urban Institute Center on Labor, Human Services and Population

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Plenary Session: Housing as an HIV prevention and health care intervention – quantifying and measuring outcomes of housing interventions.

Rev. Debbie Hickman – Sisters Together and Reaching


  • David Holtgrave, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Examining the Cost Effectiveness of Housing as an HIV Prevention and Health Care Intervention.
  • Dennis Culhane, PhD, University of Pennsylvania – Cost Offsets Associated with Supportive Housing for Persons with Special Needs.
  • David Vos, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Initial Client Outcomes Data from the New HOPWA Reporting Tools.
  • Michael Sobota, AIDS Thunder Bay, and Jay Koornstra, Bruce House, Ontario, Canada, for the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Project Team – Impact of Housing Status and Perceived Quality of Housing Environment on Health Related Quality of Life in HIV/AIDS.

Comments from a panel of discussants:

  • John Lozier, Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Ellen McCarty, Jerusalem House, Atlanta
  • Madeleine Shea, PhD, Assistant Commissioner for Healthy Homes, Baltimore City Health Department

Discussion of policy implications and action strategies

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm


4:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Plenary Session: Housing as the baseline for entry, engagement and retention in health care.

Moderator:  Dr. Karen Brudney, Outpatient Unit Director, HIV/AIDS Program, Division of Infectious Disease, Columbia University Medical Center


  • Angela Aidala, PhD, Center for Applied Public Health at Columbia University and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences – Delayers and Drop-Outs: Housing Status and Entry Into and Retention in HIV Care.
  • Amy Knowlton, ScD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Individual, Interpersonal, and Structural Correlates of Effective HAART Use Among Urban Active Injection Drug Users.
  • Dan Kidder, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Baseline Findings From the Housing and Health Study of Homeless and Unstably Housed People Living with HIV:  Housing, Adherence, Health, and Stigma.
  • Art Bendixen, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Carol Wilkins, Corporation for Supportive Housing – The Relationship of Housing Status and Health Care Access: Results from the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership.

Comments from a panel of discussants:

  • Gettie Audain Butts, U.S, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau
  • Theresa Singleton, Housing Assistance Council
  • Jim McGuire, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm


7:15 pm – 8:30 pm


  • Introduction – Nancy Bernstine, NAHC Executive Director
  • Welcome from Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department


Saturday, October 21st

9:00 am – 10 am


8:00 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am – 10:15 am

Plenary Session: Emerging HIV/AIDS housing needs and challenges.

Moderator: Joyce Moon-Howard, DPH, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


  • Peter Gamache, MBA, MLA, MPH, AIDS Institute, Housing Barriers for People with HIV/AIDS: Implications for Research, Prevention, and Policy Change.
  • Michael B. Blank, PhD, University of Pennsylvania – Co-Occurrence of HIV/AIDS Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness
  • Mai Thi Nguyen, PhD, University of North Carolina, with the AIDS Housing Alliance, San Francisco – The Displacement of People with HIV/AIDS in the Nation’s Hottest Housing Market (San Francisco).
  • Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University – The Criminal Justice System, Housing and Race Disparities in HIV/AIDS.

Comments from a panel of discussants:

  • Rita Flegel, Health Services Center, Alabama
  • Willo Pequegnat – Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS, National Institute for Mental Health
  • Sergio E. M. Farfan, Consumer Advocate, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana

Discussion of policy implications and action strategies

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Plenary Session Innovative approaches to old and new challenges.  

 Moderator: Daliah Heller, MPH, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene


  • Virginia Shubert, Shubert Botein Policy Associates – Employing Use-Tolerant, Harm Reduction Housing to Establish Stability and Connection to Care Among Chronically Homeless Active Drug Users Living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Richard Speiglman, D Crim, Speiglman Norris Associates – Homelessness Prevention: The Effect of a Shallow Rent Subsidy Program on Housing Outcomes among People with HIV or AIDS.
  • Martha Burt, PhD, Urban Institute, Project for Independent Living: Evaluation of Two Housing Models.

Comments from a panel of discussants:

  • Mark Kinzly, Yale University School of Medicine/Public Health
  • Toorjo Ghose, PhD, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University
  • Mary Cunningham, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Discussion of policy implications and action strategies

12:15 – 12:30


12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Working lunch – facilitated roundtable affinity discussions:

  • Track A – Community-based research methodologies: developing and implementing community-based and other innovative methodological approaches.
  • Track B – Research 101: fundamentals of research methodologies and approaches.
  • Track C – Policymaking 101: impacting policymakers on the local, state, and national levels.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm


2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Plenary Session:  Where do we go from here?  Using research results to inform public policy.          

Moderator:  David Holtgrave, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition – Understanding the Low Income Housing Shortage in the U.S. and Prospects for Improvement in Federal Housing Policy.
  • Gina Quattrochi, Esq, Bailey House, Using Data and Research to Change the HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Paradigm: The New York Experience.

Results of Summit II: An overview/summary of Summit II findings and action strategies

  • Setting the research agenda
  • Public policy priorities and strategies

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

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