Social Emergency Medicine

Section Officers & Staff

Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD
Quincy Moore, MD
Newsletter/Web Editor
Vidya Eswaran, MD
Betty Chang, MD, FACEP
Breena Taira, MD, MPH, FACEP
Alternate Councilor
Laura Janneck, MD, MPH, FACEP
Alternate Councilor
Katherine Dowdell, MD
Immediate Past Chair
Harrison Alter, MD, FACEP
Alexis Kimmel, MD
Board Liaison
Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Loren Rives, MNA

Section Vision Statement

To incorporate social context into the structure and practice of emergency care.

Section Objectives

  • To promote the incorporation of patients’ social context into routine emergency care.
  • To serve as a central organizing point for emergency providers interested in the interplay of the emergency care system and social forces affecting both patients and communities.
  • To foster high-quality research and translate this research into best practices for the application of social determinants of health at the bedside and beyond.
  • To disseminate emergency department (ED) interventions that improve population health through emergency care informed by community needs, with a focus on EDs that see underserved patients.
  • To propose, evaluate, and critique health policies that affect the social determinants of health of our communities, especially as they pertain to marginalized and vulnerable populations that frequently present to EDs for their care.

Join the Discussion on engagED

Want to tap the expertise of your Social Emergency Medicine Section colleagues? This members-only community is the ideal place for networking, exchanging ideas and collaboration. There are two easy ways to participate:

Questions about engagED?  Email Community Manager, Kelly Peasley.

Announce Podcast

Check out the announce podcast – developed by your very own SEMS members. Listen to topics ranging from immigration, housing, firearm violence, and so much more!

Contact Us

For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an email to Loren Rives at.


Seminal Concepts in Social Medicine

Need assistance connecting your patients to social services? Aunt Bertha’s network allows users to type in their zip code to identify verified social services in their area.

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Resources in Key Areas of Interest 




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