Members of Health, Hardship, & Renewal’s Community Advisory Board serve as ambassadors of the Study to the public at-large through three main roles: 1. Providing contacts and assisting with community introductions, 2. Advising HHR on the feasibility, relevance, & usefulness of Study methods and analyses for the community, and 3. Assisting in logistical support.

Lora Branch, Regional Lead, Project Focus, Gilead Sciences
Veronica Brown, Program Coordinator/Adjunct Professor,
HIV/STI Prevention & Education Program, Wilburn-Wright College

Bill Farrand, Executive Director, Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)
Marilyn McBride, Health Educator and Case Manager, Haymarket Center
Cynthia Tucker, Director of Prevention & Community Partnerships,
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS: Local Doctor Looks at Women and AIDS
Windy City Times. June 29, 2011.   READ THE FULL ARTICLE  >

NU Professor studies AIDS and poor women

The Chicago Sun-Times. February 3, 2010.   READ THE FULL ARTICLE  >

Love and HIV: Couples Forge Relationships Despite Challenges

The Chicago Tribune. November 30, 2010.   READ THE FULL ARTICLE  >


HIV among Women in ChicagoWGN Chicago Morning News.
March 9, 2010.


Celeste Watkins-Hayes -

Study: Black Women Improving
Lives after AIDS.
CBS Channel 2 News – Chicago.
February 19, 2010. 



The Health, Hardship, and Renewal Study: Early Results

  • Change My Story Wellness Fair in honor of Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL.

The Micro-Dynamics of Support Seeking: The Social and Economic Utility of Institutional Ties for HIV-Positive Women

  • The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL.

Betwixt and Between: Middle Class Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department of Sociology, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Investigator Award in Health Policy Research Conference, Princeton, NJ.
  • American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL.

'Dying From’ to ‘Living With’: Framing Institutions and the Coping Processes of Black Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Loyola University Chicago, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Chicago, IL.
  • The University of Chicago, Rethinking Urban Poverty Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Sociologists AIDS Network 20th Anniversary Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Duke University, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Durham, NC.
  • Illinois Women of African Descent Conference, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Naperville, IL.
  • American Sociological Association Annual Meetings and Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meetings, Boston, MA.

The Health, Hardship, and Renewal Project: Launching a Large-Scale Qualitative Study of the Economic Survival Strategies of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 19th annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference, Creative Strategies for Challenging Times, Springfield, IL.

Bringing “Structure” Back In: New Directions in HIV/AIDS Research and Policy

  • Roosevelt University, Gender Based Violence in a Global Context: A Chicago Discussion, Chicago, IL.

Unspoken Complexities and the Intimate Lives of Black Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Affinity 95 Community Services, Chicago, IL.
  • University of the West Indies – St. Augustine, Gender, Sexuality, & Implications for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Regional Symposium, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

“Telling My Story:” Narratives of Infection Among Black Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Race, Sex, Power: New Movements in Black and Latina/o Sexualities Conference, Chicago, IL.

HIV and Inequality: The Call and the Response

  • HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Homelessness and Economic Development Conference, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago IL.

African American Women and HIV/AIDS

  • Institute for Women’s Health Research Monthly Forum, Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago, IL.



Sister to Sister: The Social and Economic Experiences of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Institute for African American Research Inaugural Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 

Interlocking Inequalities: HIV/AIDS and Black Women in the Wake of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

  • Triple Jeopardy: Female Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS Conference, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

HIV/AIDS and Black Women: Current Concerns and Potential Responses

  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha & Evanston-North Shore Alumnae Chapter, Evanston, IL.



Health, Hardship and Renewal Study Early Results: The Social Experiences of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

  • 2011 United States Conference on AIDS, Chicago, IL.

Informed and In Charge: Sex in the Era of HIV

  • Essence Magazine Music Festival Empowerment Seminar, Panel Moderator, New Orleans, LA.

Community, Action, Politics, and HIV/AIDS

  • Discussion after performance of E. Patrick Johnson's Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.

Beyond Statistics and Spotlighting Solutions: HIV in the Black Community

  • 2009 Essence Magazine Music Festival Empowerment Seminar Panel Moderator, New Orleans, LA.