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

April 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm CT
April 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm CT
May 11, 2:00 - 6:00 pm CT

Virtual Event

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There are numerous ways to get involved with this conference. Complete the volunteer form to participate and to receive email updates.

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 or 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.

Who should come?

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.

Resident & Medical Student Award

Apply by January 20, 2021

Medical students and residents with an interest in Social Emergency Medicine are encouraged to apply now for the 2021 SAEM Social Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference Award. Award recipients will receive free registration for the consensus conference and free registration to the SAEM 2021 annual meeting. Awardees will have an opportunity to have early involvement in consensus conference activities. Also, as a special prize, one winner will receive a $100 gift card and a year's subscription to Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM), courtesy of WestJEM. As a competitive award, recipients are encouraged to note receipt on their CV. Applicants will be notified about the award by the end of February.

Breakout Groups

Breakout Sessions

The breakout groups will be held on April 13th and April 27th 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.
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

Research/Intervention Sessions

The primary goal of the research/intervention 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. Prior to the conference, all preregistered attendees will be invited to present a short pitch or research-in-progress report, regardless of the stage of the research/project. Presentations will be 3-5 minutes, with or without slides, and will include at least one success and one lesson learned from the project.

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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