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American College of Emergency Physicians and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Innovation in Acute Care Suicide Prevention Award

The purpose of the ACEP/AFSP Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award is to recognize promising and innovative acute care (e.g. emergency department, EMS, etc.) activities in the area of suicide prevention, that improve patient outcomes and improve lives of patients and/or providers.  Our goal is to highlight new and exciting ways that acute care providers across the U.S. are making a difference in suicide prevention. We plan to recognize the most novel, sustainable, and scalable solutions, and share those solutions with the broader acute care and suicide prevention communities.


Apply for this award and a chance to be recognized at the 2019 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.  You may self-nominate or nominate another. 



  • Any healthcare system, hospital, emergency department, organization, or academic institution involved in suicide prevention.
  • Individuals involved in suicide prevention activities/programs.
  • Must be based in the United States.



  • Innovation must address suicide prevention in the acute care setting (i.e. Emergency Departments, EMS systems, etc.)
  • Must be able to demonstrate that the intervention is novel.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the innovation is evidence-based and show measurable impact. 
  • Preference given to innovations that are multidisciplinary, have potential to scale and are sustainable. 
  • If applicable, must be able to demonstrate IRB approval.
  • Must provide a letter of support from organization, institution, hospital or  health care system.

Nominee Information

Nominator Information

Innovation Information


Letter(s) of Support

Proof of IRB Approval (if applicable)

Up to 2 additional supporting documents (i.e. Charts, Graphs, Program Materials, Organizational Structure, Etc.). Max of 2 pages each, 12 pt font, single spaced.


Nomination period opens for the 2018 ACEP/AFSP Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award on August 1st, 2018. The nomination process closes on November 9th, 2018.  The selection committee will meet to review the nominations and select an award winner in December.  Award winner will be notified in early 2019.  The selection committee expects to award 1 winner for the 2018 year.  Award winners will be announced in May 2019.    

Those who received the ACEP/AFSP Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award in a previous year are not eligible to receive the Award a second time.

Winners will be recognized at ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in May 2019.  They will receive 1 complimentary registration to ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference, 1 round trip, coach airfare, 1 night hotel stay and 2 days of per diem.  Winners will also be recognized in ACEP and AFSP publications, websites and other media outlets.  A letter of congratulation will also be presented to the winner. 

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