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Community Disruption & HIV/AIDS in D.C. Conference

Follow Up

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.

Invited Speakers

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.

  • On November 28, Typhanye Penniman Dyer, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and University of Florida who served as one of the discussants at the conference gave a talk at the weekly CHRS seminar. Her talk entitled, “Individual-Level and Social-Level Factors Impacting HIV Risk among Black MSM” discussed substance use, mental health and sexual risk among Black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), and how sex and drug risk networks of MSMW translates into risk for their female partners. Among other things, the presentation provoked a discussion of the role of incarceration in promoting risk both for Black MSM and Black MSMW.
  • On December 5, Joanna Dreby, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York presented her research in a talk entitled, "The Rippling Effects of Deportations on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families.” She discussed findings from her ethnographic research on the social, psychosocial and physical experiences of parents and children in Mexican immigrant families in two different communities, one where there is a strong collective presence of immigrants and the other where there is not. She focused in particular on the impacts of “illegality” and “deportability.” In this way, she brought together conference themes of both deportation and neighborhood/community level characterizations as they relate to health.


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.

Research Collaborations and Proposal Development

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.

Upcoming Events

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.