Department of Emergency Medicine

Social Emergency Medicine


As our primary training site is one of three safety-net hospitals in the region, the Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency is committed to providing care to some of our city's most vulnerable populations. Some of these include the uninsured, homeless, incarcerated, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and those with mental health challenges. As the gateway to the healthcare system, our department holds dual responsibility in providing excellent medical care while understanding and addressing our patients' social determinants of health.

Some of the biggest challenges our patients face includes housing instability, food insecurity, substance abuse, lack of insurance, limited access to healthcare, and limited English proficiency. Through collaboration and innovation with our interdisciplinary teams we strive to incorporate social context into the practice of emergency medicine. With these initiatives, we aim to provide quality, patient-centered, and equitable care to our diverse patient population. Some examples of our hospital's efforts within the Harris Health System and outside community partners include:

For our homeless population

For our patients with food insecurity

For our patients with substance use disorder (SUD)

For our patients with mental health needs

For our patients without health coverage

For our patients with limited English proficiency

Multiple primary care office locations throughout the region

Specialized clinics for vulnerable populations

Our program understands that social needs must be addressed at every encounter to provide the best patient care and aid in eliminating health inequities and disparities. We welcome you to join us in helping continue in our commitment to service.