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From Bedside to Policy: Advancing Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health through Research, Collaboration, and Education

May 11, 2021
Atlanta, GA


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Conference Chairs:

Michelle Lin, MD, MPH, MS

Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD

Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS

Emergency Departments (EDs) disproportionately care for vulnerable and underserved communities, and are uniquely situated to be at the forefront of screening and referral for social risk factors, otherwise known as social determinants of health (SDoH), such as unstable housing, food insecurity, and interpersonal violence. Social Emergency Medicine is a growing field that emphasizes the importance of SDoH in the evaluation and management of patients (and communities) in the ED. In order to propel the field of Social Emergency Medicine forward, and address ways in which Emergency Medicine can more effectively identify and intervene to address social needs, we are holding a Consensus Conference, “From Bedside to Policy: Advancing Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health through Research, Collaboration, and Education.”


Led by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the leading voice for Emergency Medicine research, and a diverse group of content experts, researchers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders, the goals of this conference are:

  1. To identify best practices, clarify knowledge gaps, and prioritize research questions.
  2. To bring together key stakeholders with varied backgrounds to develop networks so that we may more efficiently collaborate on research priorities.
  3. To disseminate findings of the consensus conference through peer-reviewed publications, national meetings, policy briefs, and other venues.

This conference will result in a Social Emergency Medicine research agenda that supports future interdisciplinary research at the intersection of social context and emergency care.

There are numerous ways to get involved in this conference.

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Who should come?

This conference will be held Tuesday May 11, immediately before SAEM 2021, in Atlanta, GA. This conference is open to the public. Interested emergency clinicians, trainees, and SAEM members are highly encouraged to come. Community members (including patients), public health organizations, researchers, and community organizations with related missions are highly encouraged to attend.

Travel awards may be available for students, residents, fellows, junior faculty, and community organizations. Please check back at this website later in 2020.

At this point we are planning an in-person conference, but it is possible we will have a virtual conference. Sign up below for updates.

Agenda (subject to change)

7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration and Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 amWelcome and Introductions: Co-Chairs/Organizing Committee
8:30 – 9:30 amKeynote 1: Social Emergency Medicine: Not Safe For Work?
           Renee Hsia, MD MSc 
9:30 – 10:00  amCoffee Break 
10:00 –11:45 amMorning Breakout Sessions: Four parallel tracks (see Table 1) 
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch and Keynote 2: Policy, Public Health, and Medicine: Practical approaches to Improving Public Health
          Joneigh Khaldun, MD MPH
1:00 – 2:00 pmAfternoon breakout presentations – Session 1: two tracks (Table 2) 
2:00 – 2:15 pmSwitch rooms/short break 
2:15 – 3:15 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions – Session 2: two tracks (Table 2) 
3:15 – 3:45 pmCoffee Break + switch rooms
3:45 – 4:30 pmKeynote 3: Many Paths to the Same Place, Integrating Emergency Medicine and Public Health
          Karin Rhodes, MD MS 
4:30 – 5:15 pmSummary of breakout sessions 
5:15 – 5:30 pmClosing Remarks 
5:30 – 6:30 pmNetworking Reception

Breakout Groups

Morning Breakout Sessions

The morning breakout groups will each cover a domain within Social Emergency Medicine, with the goals of:

  1. Discussing the current state of the research (synthesized prior to the conference by the leaders),
  2. Assessing collaboratively the current research, best practices, and knowledge gaps, and
  3. Prioritizing, via consensus methods, the research goals for each domain.

Table 2. Morning Breakout Sessions and principle topics covered

Group 1: ED screening and referral for social and access needsMaterial needs (housing, food, legal)
Psychosocial (exposure to violence)
Access to medical, dental, follow-up care
Defining best practices for ED-based screening and referral programs, funding, and evaluation 
Group 2: Structural Competency 

Understanding the gaps in ED care for persons of differing race (accounting for racism), gender and sexual identity, immigration, language and literacy
Evaluation of programs aimed at improving the cultural competency of emergency care
Quality and cost implications
Research priorities to drive education and policy to incorporate social EM into existing education frameworks
How to define and achieve competencies in social EM 

Group 3: Race and Racism/Anti-RacismMechanisms of disparities

Afternoon Sessions

The primary goal of the afternoon breakout presentations is to foster and enhance collaborations by encouraging attendees at all levels to share short pitches (such as research-in-progress or other projects) with others in attendance. Prior to the conference, all pre-registered attendees will be invited to present a short pitch or research-in-progress report of a project, regardless of the stage of the research/project. Presentations will be short, 3-5 minutes, either with no slides or brief slides, and will include at least one success and one lesson learned from their project.

Table 3: Afternoon Breakout Sessions and principle topics covered

Session 1
Identity and Health: People and PlacesRace and Racism Gender and Sexual Identity Immigration Language and Literacy Neighborhoods and the Built Environment
Health Care SystemAccess to Care Frequent ED Use Substance Use
Session 2
Material NeedsEducation and Employment Financial Insecurity Food Insecurity Homelessness Housing Instability and Quality Transportation
Individual and Structural ViolenceViolence Firearm Injury Incarceration Human Trafficking Legal Needs

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