SMI Program Collaborations Around the World

The map below depicts most of the cities throughout the world where Street Medicine Institute leaders have engaged in collaborative efforts toward the development and improvement of Street Medicine Programs.  To become a Program Member, click here.



Award Description and Objective

The Street Medicine Institute is excited to announce the availability of Seed Grants for new Street Medicine Programs effective March 31, 2021!  Our goal is to assist early-stage street medicine programs, particularly in areas of the United States not currently served by Street Medicine, advance toward a more sustainable level of operation.  Due to the generosity of the Pulte Family Foundation, two successful grantees will each receive an award valued at $5,750 to include:

  • $3,500 grant (suggested use: backpacks, supplies, medications);
  • Street Medicine Consultation with an SMI board member expert (valued at $1,500); plus,
  • Free Program Membership to SMI for One Year (valued at $750).

The SMI consultation will include one day either on-site or virtually (depending upon pandemic safety considerations), along with an additional 8 - 10 hours of telephone or zoom support scheduled in 1 to 2 hour increments.  The free Program Membership will include free registration for the 2021 virtual International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS); awardees will be encouraged to attend Street Medicine 101 during the symposium as part of their consultative process.  Awardees will be expected to provide written objectives to be achieved as a result of the Seed Grant.  Further, a simple written report regarding how the SMI Seed Grant has impacted the development of their program will be required.  Awardees will be invited to share their program story at the 2022 ISMS.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will have moved beyond concept to the early stages of program development.  Through our Applicant Requirements, we are looking for evidence of steps that have been taken towards readying your team for its work. 

You’ll find questions addressing the following topics in the Application Form.  Successful applicants will be expected to provide evidence of progress or planning in each of the high-level categories itemized, including:

  • Identification and active involvement of clinical leadership in program planning and development
  • Preliminary ideas or plans for sustainability
  • Early environmental assessment steps have been taken
  • Some program development steps have been taken.
  • Some infrastructure has been established
  • Letter of support from parent organization has been secured

 Award Process and Schedule

This Seed Grant program will be administered by the SMI Board of Directors.  Key dates in the award schedule are as follows:

  • March 31, 2021          Seed Grant availability announcement
  • May 15, 2021              Applications Due
  • July 19. 2021              Grant Awards Announced

To learn more or to begin your application process, please click on the Seed Grant tab above.

If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY against systemic violence

The Board of Directors of the Street Medicine Institute whole-heartedly endorses the National Health Care for Homeless Council's statement condemning the recent violent murders of eight Asian American people near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  Police statements after the murders attributing the perpetrator's actions to sex addiction further promoted a racist, misogynistic, blame-the-victim narrative.  We recognize that racism, xenophobia, and white national extremism are not unique to the United States and that anti-Asian rhetoric and violence has been intensifying throughout the world in the past year.  The Street Medicine Institute continues its commitment to support street medicine teams throughout the world in fighting structural and systemic violence against people of color, women, sex-workers, religious minorities and others that promotes marginalization, poor health, poverty, and homelessness. We remain in solidarity with you and our brothers and sisters sleeping rough.

The Street Medicine Institute Board of Directors

The ISMS 17 Call for Presenters is EXTENDED TO APRIL 25, 2021

The organizing committee of the 17th annual International Street Medicine Symposium is pleased to extend an open invitation for presentation proposal submissions. ISMS 17 will highlight the work of our global street medicine community and will be held virtually again this year. The ISMS organizers recognize that though vaccinations for COVID-19 are available in many places currently, inequity in their distribution makes a virtual symposium safer for everyone.

The International Street Medicine Symposium continues to be the world’s premier educational event dedicated to the health care of rough-sleeper (unsheltered) homeless populations. The organizing committee seeks proposals from presenters around the world on clinical topics, innovations, research outcomes, and best practices relevant to street medicine through a mix of oral presentations, interactive smaller sessions, and poster presentations.  Clinicians and non-clinicians are invited to submit proposals; we encourage and celebrate the diversity of professional roles and disciplines represented among participants.  

Proposals are due by midnight Eastern time on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Decisions on submissions will be emailed no later than June 15, 2021.

More information on the call for presenters can be found HERE on our website along with detailed submission instructions.