The global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has illustrated the role of the front line of health systems in addressing urgent, emergent and even catastrophic needs of populations across the world. Emergency Departments (EDs) exist at the nexus of several systems and especially at the interface of the hospital system and the communities they serve. EDs may be the only guarantee to healthcare in the U.S. and by their function and location situated within communities, they are universally accessible to anyone who needs them. They are also the only part of the medical system that is user triggered. Consequently, Emergency Departments have a unique perspective on the needs in the communities they serve, how the social determinants of health impact access to care, disease presentation and medical decision making and how multiple systems and disciplines intersect to address acute care needs and beyond.
The panel of experts featured during this Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss public health metrics and approaches from the Emergency Department, with regional and national examples, to address the spectrum of health of vulnerable populations to the populace at large.
This event is presented by The Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia in coordination with Philadelphia Department of Public Health with funding support from the Independence Foundation.
*Virtual event details and instructions will be emailed to registered attendees.
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