2012 Conference

Dr. Charles Roy Memorial Lecture & Discussion
Raise the Roof: HIV, Housing and Health - Positive Spaces Healthy Places

A growing body of evidence has reinforced the critical importance of stable, affordable, appropriate housing and support services for people living with HIV. Housing is health. Housing is prevention. Housing is health care. In this plenary, members of the research team will highlight the findings of the five-year Positive Spaces Healthy Places study in Ontario, and its impact on research, the role of peers, policy, programs and services for people with HIV. They will make the case that housing is a key part of effective HIV prevention and treatment programs.

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J.J. (Jay) KoornstraJ.J. (Jay) Koornstra is Executive Director of Bruce House, a supportive housing program for people with HIV in Ottawa. Over the past 20 years, he has served on several boards and committees including: the boards of AIDS Niagara, the Canadian AIDS Society and Ontario AIDS Network; and as co-chair of an advisory committee for Ottawa Public Health's Needle Exchange Program.


Saara GreeneSaara Greene is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, McMaster University. Saara's current research focuses on the impact of housing instability and homelessness on families with children who are affected by HIV. She is particularly interested in highlighting how the intersecting issues of racism, sexism and poverty result in marginalizing HIV positive women and their children.


James WatsonJames Watson Coordinator, Community-based Research, OHTN, oversees the Positive Spaces Healthy Places (PSHP) study and the Employment Change and Health Outcomes (ECHO) study. He comes to this work following experiences as a Peer Research Assistant with PSHP Phase I & II and the Sustaining Health Sustaining Housing study conducted at Fife House.


Keith HamblyKeith Hambly Executive Director, Fife House Foundation, is active in the AIDS service community and is currently Co-Chair of the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and Co-Chair of the Housing Priorities working group. Keith is actively involved in research projects related to HIV and housing. He has extensive experience working in the non-profit housing sector.


Sean B. RourkeSean B. Rourke, Ph.D. is the Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Director of REACH. A leader in the field of neuroAIDS, Sean is a Scientist with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Full Graduate Member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor.

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