Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Housing is Health: Ending Homelessness and HIV in Philadelphia with Congressman Jim McDermott

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2011
Free dinner at 6:30PM, Speeches at 7PM
WHERE: Fagin Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing,
418 Curie Boulevard (near Hospital of UPenn-­‐ no tickets required)

An evening with:
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-­‐WA07)
Representative, Philadelphia Dept of Public Health,
and ACT UP Philadelphia, AIDS activist group

Co-­‐sponsors:
Penn Med Global Health Group, Patient Allies, Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless, Student National Medical Association, GAPSA, Perelman SOM, Urban Studies, Penn CHAC, Male Association of Nurses, Wharton Health Care, Public Health Society

Questions? Contact Roland at lro@mail.med.upenn.edu

Please RSVP :
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  • In 2009, seven Philadelphians with HIV died on the streets or in homeless shelters.
  • Philadelphia maintains a 30-month-long waiting list for housing assistance for low-income people living with HIV.
  • Providing housing for people with HIV saves lives and money by decreasing mortality, lowering the frequency of hospitalizations, and decreasing HIV transmission.
  • Twenty years ago, Congressman McDermott helped craft a life-saving federal program that provides housing assistance to low-income people with HIV. He will talk about his decades of work on this issue and the current struggle to ensure access to housing.

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