Supportive housing improves health of formerly homeless people with HIV/AIDS

Ask Elizabeth Bowen about the intersection of homelessness and HIV/AIDS in the United States and she’ll respond without hesitation, “Housing equals health.”

That conclusion seemed clear to Bowen, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, during the four years she worked in a supportive housing program in Chicago, Illinois. Now as a UB researcher she has published a study that empirically supports what she experienced on the ground.  Read More

Visiting an Ethiopian HIV charity influenced my social work training

The BEZA volunteer team in Lalibela

Many of the volunteers work as tour guides, bringing in money that is spent on medicine and home-based care within the foundation. Photograph: Charlotte Petty

Halfway through my social work MA, I decided to use part of my summer holiday to travel around Ethiopia, and so in July last year, I visited the Beza Association, a foundation supporting communities affected by HIV in Lalibela, a town in the north of the country. Read More