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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

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Keynote Speakers

HsiaRenee Hsia, MD, MSc
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the University of California San Francisco


Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc, is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the University of California San Francisco. She is Associate Chair of Health Services Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and also a member of the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies, UCSF Global Health Economics Consortium, and UCSF Center for Healthcare Value. Dr. Hsia is a national leader in research focusing on access to emergency care, especially for vulnerable populations; emergency department and trauma center utilization; the effect of service availability on patient outcomes; regionalization of care; and the wide variation in the costs and charges in healthcare. She has had over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and her pioneering work has been highlighted in print media such as the New York Times, national radio such as NPR, and network television. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and the American Heart Association. Dr. Hsia has received numerous awards, including the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Early Career Faculty Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Young Investigator Award, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Award, and a Fulbright-Schuman Award from the U.S. Department of State and European Union. She has been invited on visiting professorships to multiple universities. She has mentored more than 40 trainees ranging from pre-medical students to junior faculty on projects, the majority of which have resulted in publications as well as oral and poster presentations at national meetings. Dr. Hsia works clinically at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and French. She received her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; her medical degree from Harvard Medical School; her master’s training in health policy, planning, and financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and her residency training in emergency medicine at Stanford University.


Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)


Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). In those roles, she provides overall medical guidance for the State of Michigan and oversees public health, Medicaid, behavioral health, and aging services for MDHHS. She leads the state’s public health response to COVID-19. Prior to her role at MDHHS, she was the Director of the Detroit Health Department, where she led a robust community health assessment, established a comprehensive reproductive health network, and led Detroit’s response to the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in modern U.S. history. Previously, Dr. Khaldun was the Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Medical Officer and the Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine. She is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, the Health and Medicine Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. Dr. Khaldun is the recipient of several awards, including the National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award, the deBeaumont Foundation 40 Under 40 Leaders in Public Health Award, the Kresge Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship, the George Washington University Milkin Institute School of Public Health Dean’s 950 Award, 2020 Crain’s Detroit Notable Women in Health, and Crain’s Detroit 2020 Newsmaker of the Year. Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University, and completed residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she was elected chief resident in her final year. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and practices part-time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Rhodes  Karin Rhodes, MD, MS
 Chief Implementation Officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research& Quality (AHRQ)


 Karin Rhodes, MD MS is Chief Implementation Officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research& Quality (AHRQ), leading a strategic plan for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund investments and contributing to AHRQ’s practice improvement efforts. Karin completed an emergency medicine residency and the RWJF Clinical Scholar’s Program at the University of Chicago. At Penn, she was inaugural Chair of the Center for Emergency Care and Policy Research, where she led research teams testing ED innovations in screening/intervening for health-related social risks, improving transitions in care, and led a national team tracking the impact of ACA insurance expansions on access to primary care in 10 diverse states. As VP for Care Management at the Northwell Health, she designed and evaluated innovations to address the complex care needs and social determinants of patients across the continuum of care. After a year in DC as a RWJF Health Policy Fellow in both the Senate and House, she served as director of public health for the state of New Mexico, giving her experience with both federal and state legislation and policy making. During the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, Karin worked with Health & Hospital’s ED COVID-19 Action Team on public health messaging and convened regional EM leadership to develop a set of ethical principles for equitable allocation of resuscitation resources. With support from RWJF, she engaged a human-centered design firm, organized and co-chaired Emergency Medicine All Threats (EMAT), an informal network of NYC-area emergency medicine leaders seeking to break down silos across competing health systems, share regional knowledge and actionable data, and improve health equity and public health preparedness. As AHRQ’s first ever Chief Implementation Officer, she hopes to build on these experiences and support federal cross-agency teams to generate, synthesize, disseminate, and integrate evidence into clinical care and give patients a voice in the complex process of health system change.



Get Involved!

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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 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

Applications are now closed

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

Projects in Progress

The primary goal of the Projects in Progress 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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