CHRS plans to coordinate ongoing and follow-up activities to maintain the momentum created by the Community Disruption Conference to facilitate new research projects, connections between scholars and continued interdisciplinary discussions about community disruptions and HIV/AIDS. Types of activities include: speakers; conferences; research collaborations and proposal development; dissemination of the conference findings and discussions through website, reports and publications. Read the conference summary report.
Ongoing lectures and seminar series, especially the CHRS weekly seminar and the AU sociology department’s monthly research seminar series, are being used to invite speakers on themes of community disruption who can present their work to DC-based HIV and health researchers. These events bring together researchers who, in sharing their work, may find considerable potential for highly innovative conceptual and research collaborations with implications for HIV/AIDS, health disparities, and health promotion more generally. CHRS seminars will also be used for grant development workshops.
Another mechanism for continuing to promote discussion and research related to community disruption and HIV/AIDS will be through organizing panels or related activities at upcoming conferences or to organize new, related conferences. Plans are underway for several conferences, particularly around issues of deportation.
In working groups at the conference, researchers and representatives from community based organizations in DC began to discuss possible research collaborations. Various activities have already begun to continue and further facilitate this work, including new initiatives and efforts to incorporate conference themes into other initiatives. Key areas and topics for future research include deportation and deportability, the geographic distribution of deportation in the DC area, implementation research in DC on regional HIV/AIDS strategies, and the dynamic impacts of gentrification and social network disruption on HIV/AIDS.
On October 23-24, 2013 the DC D-CFAR will host an annual conference of the Social Behavioral Science Research Network of the CFARs.
Dr. Kim Blankenship, and several participants in the AU community disruption conference, are on the SBSRN conference planning committee. The tentative title of the conference will be “Social, Behavioral and Policy Perspectives: Understanding HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia and Beyond,” and one of the planned panels will be on community disruption.