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2017: Beyond Reimagining

Conference 2017:

Beyond Reimagining, Accelerating Praxis
Social Medicine in Practice Today

The Social Medicine Consortium will be hosting our second annual Conference On April 29, 2017 at Malcolm X College in Chicago
Registration is now open. Please check back soon for more updates!

Conference Details:

Registration: is $50 for the general public and $25 for students, and includes snacks and lunch. 
CE and CME credit: Professionals who complete this activity can claim 7 AMA PRA category 1 creditsTM, 7 Continuing Nursing Education credit(s), and/or 7 continuing education credits for Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietician, Speech Therapy, Psychology and Audiology.
Fee Waiver: SMC believes that financial pressure should not be a barrier to attendance. 
To request a registration waiver, please email us at

Lodging: A special conference rate is offered at the Chicago Marriott at Medical District UIC (625  S. Ashland), within walking distance. To reserve your room, please click here and use the code EHR or call  312.491.1234  and ask to be placed in the EqualHealth room block.  

Conference Agenda:

7:30-8:30: Registration & Breakfast

8:30-8:45: Welcome - SMC team

8:45-9:00: Opening - Dr. Julie Morita, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

9:00-9:30: Keynote: Dr. Joia Mukherjee, CMO, Partners in Health

9:30-10:30: Keynote: Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD Morehouse School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health

10:30- 10:45: Break

10:45- 12:00: Panel: Crossing Boundaries in Pursuit of Justice: Interprofessional and Multi-Sectoral Challenges and Successes

·       Brian Concannon, JD (Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Human Rights Law)

·       Marc Julmisse, RN (Partners in Health, Global Nursing)

·       Kedar Mate, MD (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Chief Innovation Officer)

·       Sartak Das, DrPH (Chief Policy Advisor to Dr.Paul Farmer, Co- Founder Indigenous Health Solutions)

·       Rachel Reichlin, MPH, MSN, RN (Cook County Health, Health and Medicine Research Group)

Moderator: Amy Finnegan, PhD, MALD (University of St. Thomas, SocMed)

12:00- 12:15: Keynote: Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Director, University of Chicago Trauma Center

12:15- 1:15: Lunch & Poster Session

1:15-2:30: Breakout Sessions:

1.     Social Medicine Case Study

2.     Healthcare as a Human Right: From Narrative to Advocacy to Action

3.     Taking the Lead from the Margins: Organizing for Health Rights with the Vulnerable and Marginalized

4.     Caring For Our Own: Addressing Oppression and Trauma Among Health Professional Students

5.     Discerning a Life Committed to Health Equity and Social Justice: Tackling tensions, Seizing Opportunities

6.     Race, Racism, and Health

2:40-3:55: Breakout Sessions repeated

4:00-4:45: Panel and Q+A - Resistance Writing and Activism

·       Dr. David Ansell

·       Dr. Evan Lyon

·       Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

·       Dr. Kohar Jones

·       Dr. Camara Jones

·       Moderator: Darryl Holliday

4:45-5:00: Closing Words and Collective Action - Health as a Human Right March at Daley Plaza


Purpose of the Conference:

The purposes of this activity are to:
1. Deepen participant appreciation for the social determinants of health;
2. Strengthen participant ability and confidence in recognizing and responding to the social determinants of health;  
3. Disseminate examples of tools necessary for the teaching and practice of social medicine, such as critical pedagogy, advocacy, deep listening and narrative medicine, and self-care and resilience, and promote participant development of the skills necessary for use of such tools


Conference Goals:

-Facilitating critical dialogue: creating a space for critical dialogue among health professionals and the broader community of social justice activists locally and globally toward a deeper understanding of social medicine, inequity in health, and opportunities for collaboration toward change. 
- Training for change: training participants in the pedagogy of social medicine, including advocacy skills to build a platform for the year ahead. 
- Disseminating best practice tools: sharing best practice tools being used in social medicine to develop practical skills and deepen strategic partnerships around curriculum development and transformative social medicine education. 
- Reinforcing our commitment: radically reinforcing SMC's commitment to interprofessional and multisectoral engagement in social change among a diverse body of planners, speakers and participants, while broadening SMC membership beyond physician-led initiatives.
- Building solidarity: on the foundations of critical dialogue and community organizing, building solidarity and leadership in social medicine globally. 

Conference Objectives: 

After participation in the conference, participants will be able to:
1. Incorporate advocacy strategies into efforts to promote health equity;
2. Draw upon relevant social science and social epidemiological literature to inform patient care and health system design;
3. Utilize transformational pedagogy and curricular strategies to teach health professional students about the social determinants of health;
4. Partner with a global network of social medicine teachers and practitioners to generate innovative ideas and strategies;
5. Gather the structural context of patients and communities; and
6. Utilize self-care and resiliency tools to prevent burn-out.

Convening Leadership: 
David Ansell, MD, Senior Vice President, Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center
Michelle Morse, MD, MPH, Co-founder, Social Medicine Consortium
Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA, Co-founder, Social Medicine Consortium

Sponsoring Organizations: 
Center for Community Health Equity - DePaul University and Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

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