Substance Abuse, Violence, and HIV: Changing Environments to Reduce Risk

Conversations around Cultures of Health: Substance Abuse, Violence, and HIV: Changing Environments to Reduce Risk

Thursday, October 16th, 5:00-6:30pm
Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk
Wine & Cheese Reception. | RSVP

Philippe Bourgois, PhD is the Richard Perry University Professor of
Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine. He has been conducting
participant-observation fieldwork in the US inner city since 1985 with NIH support
on substance abuse and HIV in the urban United States. He has published over
150 articles in public health, the humanities and the social sciences analyzing
social inequality, urban segregation, labor migration, ethnic conflict, violence,
homelessness, substance abuse, and poverty, interdisciplinary methods, HIV and
structural public health interventions. He is best known for his award-winning
books: In Search of Respect: Selling Crack El Barrio (Cambridge University Press)
and Righteous Dopefiend (University of California Press). In 2013-2014 he received
a Guggenheim Award and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship to
work on a book manuscript entitled, Cornered, based on five years of fieldwork in
the heart of North Philadelphia’s open-air heroin and cocaine markets.

Brian Work, MD, MPH is Internal Medicine Faculty at the University of
Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and co-directs, attends, and teaches
at the United Community Clinic at First African Presbyterian Church in West
Philadelphia. Dr. Work focuses on community outreach, community public health,
and providing free and low-cost care out in the community. He has extensive
experience in substance abuse treatment and research and is an integral part of
Prevention Point Philadelphia and its Street Side Health Clinic. Prevention Point
Philadelphia is the only sanctioned organization that offers syringe exchange in
the region and has won an Impact Award from GlaxoSmithKilne for working in the
community to help reduce the spread of HIV.

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