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2018: Sharing Strategies for Health Equity

Save the Date

April 28, 2018 • Red Rock Event Center, Churchrock, New Mexico

The Social Medicine Consortium is rooted in the belief that inequity kills, and that together we can achieve health equity by constructing systems that demand justice, recognizing our global interconnectedness, and supporting the next generation of health professionals. 

In doing this work we are committed to engaging in humble relationships that recognize our limitations and privileges, acknowledging pervasive historical injustices and pursuing collective liberation through shared struggle.  

Save the date and please join us to unpack what this means for all of us, both as a consortium and in our personal and professional lives. 

Call for Abstracts: Breakout Sessions

We are now accepting abstract proposals for breakout sessions which will be held on Saturday, April 28th  2018. Sessions will be 75 minutes in length, and will be run twice. We ask that all proposed sessions connect with at least one of the conference objectives listed below. Submissions from health professionals who are not physicians are encouraged. Abstracts will be accepted until February 12, 2018. To submit an abstract, please complete the form here. Abstract proposals for breakout sessions must be submitted and presented in English.

Conference Objectives

1. Recognize the specific ways that economic systems, colonization, and racism create and reproduce health inequities in local settings throughout the world;

2. Critically examine personal and professional participation in creating, reproducing, and challenging these root causes of health inequities; 

3. Describe examples from Navajo Nation that demonstrate the connection between historical injustice and health as well as examples of their resistance and community organizing that foster health;

4. Identify examples of tools being used in the practice of social medicine, develop the skills necessary for practice amongst participants, and deepen the strategic partnerships around curriculum development and transformative social medicine education;

5. Explain the aim and actions of the Campaign Against Racism as a constructive strategy to build health equity and identify ways to be involved;

6. Establish SMC chapters in their local settings with clear goals and direct actions for the next year;

7. Explore concepts of environmental justice and its intersection with health through the experiences of local leaders.

Call for Abstracts: Poster Presentation

The Social Medicine Consortium invites you to submit an abstract describing innovative projects in social medicine education and practice to be considered for a poster presentation at our third annual conference on April 28th, 2018, entitled "Sharing Strategies for Health Equity: Social Medicine in Action."

Abstracts should be submitted to by February 12, 2018

Travel Scholarships 

We believe that it is critically important to include the voices of our many diverse colleagues in this conference, and in all of the work that we do. Understanding that there are significant financial barriers to attending a gathering in the US, the SMC is committed to offering a limited number of travel scholarships to colleagues located in low to middle-income countries and within the US. These scholarships include:

·       Round-trip airfare

·       Application fee for a US visa

·       Local transportation

·       Housing for the duration of the conference

·       Meals

·       Logistical support

While the application for scholarships is open to anyone with a passion for social medicine located outside and inside of the US, applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

·       Demonstrated leadership and commitment and dedication to ongoing involvement in the Social Medicine Consortium

·       Submission of an abstract for poster presentation or breakout session

·       Financial need

·       Experience in the practice or teaching of social medicine

The deadline to apply for a travel scholarship is February 12, 2018. Please direct all questions to


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