Community disruption is a social process that is critical in shaping HIV/AIDS risk and experiences with care and arguably, in producing related race and ethnic disparities. While there are many different processes that disrupt communities, CHRS and its partners are focused on three distinct processes of disruption particularly relevant for DC: criminal justice involvement, particularly the incarceration-re-entry cycle; neighborhood change/”gentrification;” and deportation.
2012 Community Disruption Conference
To move this thinking forward, on September 13-14, 2012 the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) hosted a conference entitled: Community Disruption and HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia. The conference brought together over 80 participants from the DC Metropolitan Area and beyond, ranging from social scientists, community workers and advocates, to government officials, policy makers, to medical doctors, to students, to discuss these different processes of community disruption and how they may impact on the DC HIV/AIDS pandemic. The conference provided an opportunity to develop better understanding of the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS and to foster interdisciplinary conversations and planning for new research collaborations. Find out more about the conference
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. It will likely include an overview presentation that will address the range of themes and research discussed at the community disruption conference as well as a number of presentations on related research.