Social Emergency Medicine

Social Emergency Medicine


Social emergency medicine (Social EM) examines the intersection of emergency care and the social factors that influence health outcomes. The program started with a focus on suicide prevention and mental health emergencies, with projects such as the ED Safety Assessment & Follow-up Evaluation (ED-Safe), and has now expanded its focus to include disparities in emergency care, and adverse social determinants of health.

Major Research Themes
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Adverse social determinants of health (aSDoH)
  • Screening and linkage
  • Healthcare disparities
  • COVID-19
  • Race/ethnicity/gender
  • Health literacy

Active Projects

Past Initiatives

Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) was a multicenter study of suicide prevention. For more information, click here.

Please contact Drs. Ed Boudreaux, Carlos Camargo or Van Miller if you would like additional details.

The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) study surveyed a nationally representative sample of US EDs in order to identify positive deviants whose successful interventions and practices against healthcare associated infections can be used to generate evidence-based infection control policies, strategies, and toolkits for other EDs nationally. For more information, contact Dr. Jay Schuur.