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GlobeNewsWire: National CISWH Initiative Addresses HIV-Related Inequities Through Supportive Housing Interventions

Thursday, May 23, 2024

In an effort to address HIV related disparities, the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) have embarked on a national initiative to implement, adapt, and evaluate housing interventions for three priority populations affected by HIV. 

The Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions project, also known as the SURE Housing Initiative,is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. The project targets individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the United States and addresses the critical intersectionality among housing status, HIV diagnosis and health outcomes of individuals. The three priority populations of this initiative include LGBTQ+ individuals, youth and young adults, and those involved with the legal system. The SURE Housing Initiative seeks to reduce disparities in HIV care and outcomes. 

This innovative project emphasizes the crucial role of housing as a social determinant of health and its impact on HIV prevention and care outcomes. Through collaborative efforts, the SURE Housing Initiative strives to advance health equity, quality and accessibility in housing and healthcare services for vulnerable populations that are affected by HIV. 

Excerpt from “National Implementation of Supportive Housing Initiative to Close the Gap on HIV-Related Inequities Outlined in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy” originally published in GlobeNewsWire:

“‘We know people with HIV experiencing homelessness and housing instability continue to disproportionately face challenges in accessing care and achieving improved health outcomes,’ said Allyson Baughman, PhD, MPH, and principal investigator at BUSSW. ‘This innovative initiative represents opportunities to integrate HIV care and behavioral health with housing interventions to improve health outcomes among priority populations of people with HIV.’”

Read the full press release here.