Health Equity and Emergency Medicine: A Perfect Fit
Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA
Director, Section of International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL), UCLA
Olive View-UCLA Medical CenterDr. Taira is an emergency physician and the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Olive View- UCLA Medical Center. In 2016, she became director of the Section of International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL) for the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine whose mission is to define and promote the role that academic emergency medicine can play in the promotion of health equity and elimination of health disparities locally, nationally and globally. (www.idheal.org) Her research focuses on improving quality of care and health outcomes for patients with limited English proficiency. She speaks locally and nationally on language justice and communication in health care.
Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD
Director of Social Medicine and Community Health, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterDennis Hsieh is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the Director for Social Medicine and Community Health for Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which is part of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He focuses on access to care and the social determinants of health (SDOH), including SDOH screening and interventions across clinical settings, hospital-based violence intervention programs, medical-legal community partnerships (MLCPs) and re-entry from jail. He is the former medical director the Whole Person Care Jail re-entry program. Dennis has a special interest in addressing SDOH such as violence, food, housing, and financial strain to improve health. He co-founded the hospital-based violence intervention program at Harbor-UCLA and is now co-leading the development of a trauma recovery center at Harbor-UCLA. Dennis is a founding member of the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine’s Section on International and Domestic Health Equity (IdHEAL, www.idheal.org); ACEP’s Social Emergency Medicine Section and is the section’s chair elect; and SAEM’s Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health Interest Group. Dennis earned his A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard, J.D. from Yale and M.D. from UC San Francisco.
Kian Preston-Suni, MD, MPH