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The Bellevue / NYU Social Emergency Medicine (SEM) Project is a collaboration between residents, faculty, administrative staff and community partners to create a foundational home for the research and practice of social emergency medicine.

This portal is designed to aggregate and connect SEM-related content from around the web for researchers, learners, and practitioners. The growing list of categories below is by no means exhaustive nor fully-representative of the expanding domain of Social Emergency Medicine. If you’d like to help us with additional content as we build this site, please see the submission form below.

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The Jail Health-Care Crisis


Reflection in the New Yorker about how the correctional justice system exacerbates public health emergencies

NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System


A powerful NYC-based coalition of medical groups combating racism in the health care system

Emergency Department Connection to Care With Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder (ED-CONNECT)


An ongoing study ED-based study to learn resources are needed to improve outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder, led by NYU’s Dr. Ryan McCormack

ED-Home Pilot Study


A new ED-based homelessness prevention feasibility study by NYU’s Dr. Kelly Doran



Homelessness Prevention Portal from NYC

Physicians for a National Health Program


The largest and most active physician group advocating for universal, comprehensive single-payer national health insurance

Single Payer Factsheet


Talking points for single-payer advocacy, brought to you by PNHP

Results of a Voter Registration Project at 2 Family Medicine Residency Clinics in the Bronx, New York


Summary of a voter registration project to empower patients, discussed in SEM Academy

Will Physicians Vote?


Opinion piece published in Annals of Internal Medicine on improving physician voting behavior; discussed in SEM Academy

Do Doctors Vote?


Survey of physician voting patterns

Delivering Health Care on the Streets: Challenges and Opportunities for Quality Management


Analysis of several Street Medicine programs around the country, discussed in SEM Academy

Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care in Vulnerable Communities


Commentary piece published in Academic Medicine on recent AHA measures to improve care to vulnerable populations, discussed in SEM Academy

Universal healthcare in the US is possible. We already have proof.


Recent NYU/Bellevue SEM grad Farzon Nahvi’s article in The Guardian on universal healthcare.

Extended-release Naltrexone and Care Management for Alcohol Dependent Frequent Emergency Department Users


Dr. Ryan McCormack’s ongoing clinical trial on Naltrexone and Care Management

How one man’s death launched a street-homelessness aid project


Fascinating Politico article about Dr. Ryan McCormack’s early work with homeless frequent ED utilizers.



The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. Free and open to the public, HITE helps connect users to vital community services quickly and easily.



New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Has searchable database of substance abuse treatment centers. A lot of overlap with HITE here, but OASAS also has a “bed availability” dashboard that looks like it is updated regularly (most said they were last updated on the day I checked or the day prior).

Homeless Survival Guide


Bulletpointed resource guides, largely patient-facing, good springboard for patients with internet access

There Is Help Wiki


Resources for abuse, violence, alcoholism, depression, suicidality

Health Leads


Agency focused on helping providers improve their ability to connect patients to social services/resources.

Health Begins


Another agency, much like Health Leads, that works to help providers screen and help patients with unmet social needs. They provider educational materials, workshops, consulting, etc.

SEM Academy Updates

Watch this space for updates on upcoming events through the Social Emergency Medicine Academy!

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