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Now accepting Seed Grant applications for 2024!

The Street Medicine Institute is pleased to announce the opening of its 2024 Seed Grant award process!

SMI’s goal is to assist early stage street medicine programs in the United States – particularly in areas not currently served by street medicine – advance toward a more sustainable level of operation. Supported by the generosity of the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, two successful grantees will each receive an award valued at over $14,000 to include:

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Documentary tells story of Operation Safety Net

The story of SMI Founder Dr. Jim Withers is the subject of a new documentary by director Jeff Sewald. Click here to read more and watch a CBS News Pittsburgh piece on the film.

ISMS 2023 Keynote Presenter: Dr. Steph Grohmann

Steph GrohmannSteph Grohmann is an anthropologist with a background in social care. She has been studying homelessness and displacement for many years. More recently, she has focused on the extreme health inequities affecting people who are considered "out of place," such as people experiencing homelessness and refugees. Wearing many hats, she also works on developing fair and equitable research ethics practices in research with people who are socially excluded. She is the author of The Ethics of Space: Homelessness and Squatting in Urban England. Steph currently works at the University of Edinburgh and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in Austria.

Congratulations to the 2023 Seed Grant Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Seed Grant Winners! Seed Grant

The Street Medicine Institute’s Seed Grant program furthers SMI’s mission of assisting communities to establish their own Street Medicine programs. Now in its third year, the program facilitates and enhances the direct provision of health care to rough sleepers where they live by providing communities and clinicians with expert training, guidance, and support to develop and grow their own Street Medicine programs. We were delighted to have received fifteen deserving and qualified applications in 2023.

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