Social EM & Population Health Committee

Who We Are

Emergency physicians are the front line providers for under-served patients and witness the downstream effects of social determinants of health every day. Social EM is an emerging niche that explores the social forces that impact our patients and how these forces intersect with systems of emergency care. Are you interested in health disparities and inequities? Are you passionate about public health, community partnerships and improving care for vulnerable patients? If you care about advocacy, education and research in service of our patients and communities please join the Social EM and Population Health Committee!



Chair: Megan Healy, MD FAAEM

Vice Chair: Faith C. Quenzer, DO MPH

Board Liaison: L.E. Gomez, MD MBA FAAEM

Staff Liaison: Erica Pollnow


Our Projects 

Social EM and Population Health Mini Grant

AAEM recognizes that health inequities and social determinants of health are tied to health outcomes and that the emergency department plays a crucial role in advocacy for vulnerable patients and communities. The AAEM Social EM and Population Health Mini Grant is designed to advance the body of knowledge related to social emergency medicine and population health and develop future EM leaders in these topics.  

The proposed project must have a focus on research, education and/or community engagement related to social emergency medicine and/or population health. Sample topics include: health disparities, substance use disorders, immigrant health, LGBTQ health, firearm violence, interpersonal violence, housing and homelessness.

Priority will be given to projects with applicability to a wide variety of emergency department settings. Grantees are responsible for design, planning, and implementation of the project.  

This grant cannot fund:

  • Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds
  • Lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation
  • Fundraising events, activities, and related expenses (e.g., benefits, dinners, etc.)

Requests may not exceed $2,500. A submission may receive funding for more than one year, but a new application must be submitted each year. Approval of one year of funding carries with it no assurance of continued funding in subsequent years.

Grantees must acknowledge the grant in all project publicity and materials with the statement “[Name of Project] is supported by a grant from the AAEM Social EM & Population Health Committee.”

Applications are now closed.

Articles in Common Sense 

Training Future Leaders: Social Emergency Medicine Fellowship (July/August 2021)

Social EM Spotlight: Dr. Kraftin Schreyer: An Emergency Department Based Hepatitis A Vaccination Program: A Merge of Social Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Operations (May/June 2021)


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