International Street Medicine Symposium XIII

October 19-21 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

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Great News!

The Street Medicine Institute is excited to announce the 13th annual International Street Medicine Symposium, to be held October 19-21, 2017, in Allentown, Pennsylvania! A special pre-symposium Street Medicine 101 workshop will also be offered on October 18, 2017 for interested participants. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Street Medicine has generously agreed to serve as the local sponsoring organization.

Learning Activities

The International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS) is the world’s premier educational event dedicated to the health care of rough-sleeper (unsheltered) homeless populations.  As always, the ISMS will offer an impressive slate of homeless health care experts from around the globe presenting clinical topics, innovations, research outcomes, and best practices relevant to Street Medicine through the popular format mix of large-group lectures, small-group workshops, and poster presentations.  Clinicians and non-clinicians are welcome to participate; we encourage and celebrate the diversity of professional roles and disciplines represented among participants.  We intend to offer continuing medical education credits for eligible clinicians.


Host City Spotlight

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, was chosen to be this year’s ISMS host city from a group of outstanding international host city candidates because it is the home of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Street Medicine program (LVHN Street Medicine).  LVHN has demonstrated the ability to build an exemplary street medicine program that provides a “homeless-centered medical home,” following patients across the continuum from the street to shelter and inpatient hospital setting. LVHN Street Medicine serves a region referred to as the Lehigh Valley, which is made up of three mid-sized cities in Pennsylvania: Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. The Street Medicine Institute believes that Street Medicine should be available in all cities where there are unsheltered homeless residents. With the enlarging network of Street Medicine practitioners providing care in cities of all sizes, this symposium presents an opportunity to visit an outstanding program in a mid-sized city.


LVHN Street Medicine is housed in a large regionally-based hospital network and provides a framework for how Street Medicine can fit into a traditional hospital system. Attendees will be provided detailed information on the blueprint used to create such a program and the logistics of how care is provided on the street to people sleeping rough in the area.


Program highlights include:

  • A robust hospital-based consult service showing drastic decreases in readmission rates from 31% to 12% in 1 year
  • Multiple soup kitchen and shelter-based clinics
  • Medical Legal Partnership to assist patients in resolving benefit and landlord issues
  • Sophisticated transition of care process for patients seen by Street Medicine who require treatment in a traditional healthcare setting

Other highlights for attendees include:

  • Information on how the program has developed and is maintained from a medical-legal perspective
  • Details on performing financial benefit analysis for Street Medicine programs
  • The role that metrics and data have played in demonstrating the high-quality care that can be delivered on the street
  • A consumer panel with perspectives from the streets


Reconnect and Re-energize

As consistently reported by past participants, one of the most valuable experiences of the ISMS is the opportunity to interact with Street Medicine colleagues from around the world.  Again this year, program activities will incorporate time to reconnect with old friends, make new contacts, and share stories of the triumphs and challenges of this important work.  Participants will be inspired and re-energized as they renew a common commitment to improving the lives of their brothers and sisters living on the streets.

Program Schedule 

Click HERE for the final program schedule



Street Medicine 101 Workshop 

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to offer this special pre-symposium workshop.  This high-yield introductory session is targeted to those individuals and organizations that may be new to Street Medicine or in need of expert guidance to launch or enhance their Street Medicine activities.  This workshop will provide an instructive overview of the history, principles, and practice of Street Medicine, followed by breakout sessions with experts in the field for personalized guidance and problem-solving.  Since capacity for this workshop is limited and high demand is anticipated, participants must register in advance to attend.  To best meet learner needs, the Street Medicine Institute asks that participants prepare the following materials and submit them for review at least two weeks prior to the workshop:

  1. Description of current Street Medicine practice status or future plan
  2. Prioritized listing and brief explanation of current/anticipated challenges
  3. Specific educational goals for the session


Registration is now open!  Please click HERE or visit to register.

The following tiered registration fee structure respects the fact that ISMS participants come from a variety of disciplines with disparate financial resources.  It is informed by responses to surveys of prior years’ ISMS participants and is designed to offer significant value relative to other educational conferences or professional meetings of similar scope and quality.  If uncertain which tier is most appropriate for you, please contact the planning committee at prior to completing the registration process and submitting any relevant fees.

Registration rates through September 30, 2017 are listed below. An additional $50 USD late registration fee will be added to all registrations received on or after October 1, 2017. All registration fees are listed and payable in US dollars. Refunds of registration fees will only be granted for cancellations made in writing to before October 1, 2017; a 10% cancellation charge may apply.


  Participant Description Multi-day symposium registration Single-day symposium registration Street Med 101  (with any symposium registration) Street Med 101 workshop only
Tier 1 Physicians (completed training) $420 $210 $55 $95
Tier 2 Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants $330 $165 $50 $85
Tier 3 Nurses, Social Workers, Behavioral Health/Addictions specialists, Service Agency/Program administrators, Public Health researchers $250 $125 $45 $75
Tier 4 Outreach workers, Case Managers, Community representatives $190 $95 $40 $65
Tier 5 Students not currently employed in Tiers 1-4 and resident physicians (in training) $120 $60 $35 $55
Tier 6 Lead presenters and first co-presenters

Consumers (currently or recently experiencing homelessness), Local media, Members of SMI Board of Directors, Pre-approved volunteer ISMS staff

$0 $0 $0 $0


All ISMS programming will take place at the RENAISSANCE ALLENTOWN HOTEL located in the heart of Allentown, Pennsylvania within walking distance of many local restaurants attractions and public transportation access.


Blocks of rooms at two local hotels within easy walking or bus access to the conference venue have been reserved at special discounted rates for ISMS participants.  The lodging accommodations detailed below are an excellent combination of value, location, and service.  Prices listed are per room and are subject to local sales tax (6%) and/or occupancy taxes. Rates are listed in US dollars.



  • Double queen bed-occupancy room: 149 USD/night
  • King bed-occupancy room: 149 USD/night
  • Discount rates expire September 27, 2017 or once all blocked rooms are reserved
  • Rooms at these special rates can be reserved online by clicking here: Book your group rate for The Street Medicine Symposium Room Block, or by calling the Marriott reservations line at 800.721.7033 (country code 001)
  • Parking (on-site): self-parking is 10 USD daily; valet parking is 16 USD daily
  • Most rooms at the Renaissance have one king-sized bed. Once you have made your registration, please call the Renaissance to request either a room with one king or two queens. Rooms with two queens are limited and requests may not be able to be fulfilled.

HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN CENTER CITY (5 minutes walking distance from venue)

  • Double queen bed-occupancy room: 109 USD/night (plus 10% tax)
  • King bed-occupancy room: 109 USD/night (plus 10% tax)
  • Discount rates expire September 18, 2017, or once all blocked rooms are reserved.
  • Rooms at these special rates can be reserved online or by telephone at 1.800.HOLIDAY (800.465.4329; country code 001); use the block code: ISM
  • Parking (off-site): All individuals are responsible for own parking. There is a city-owned parking deck next to the hotel (8 USD/day for overnight guests and 10 USD after 4pm when there are events at the PPL center)



Allentown is easily accessible by air or land travel.  The Lehigh Valley International Airport is located approximately 5.4 miles (8.7 km) from the ISMS venue and preferred hotels.  The other area airports and their proximity to the ISMS venue and preferred hotels are: Philadelphia International Airport – PHL (70 miles; 113 km) and Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR (78.5 miles; 126 km). Hertz offers car rental service and is located at 902 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101 (001.610.432.5018). Uber and Lyft also operate in Allentown.



Allentown is conveniently located approximately 1 hour by car from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 1.5 hours by car from New York City. In addition to enjoying sights in the big cities, participants may wish to venture to the small historic town of Jim Thorpe and the Pocono Mountains for outdoor fun or the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania for sweet chocolate treats and rollercoasters at Hershey Park.


Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Street Medicine Institute and the organizing committee of the International Street Medicine Symposium, I thank you for your interest and for sharing this notice with any friends and colleagues who may not have received it.  As always, your ideas for a successful event are most welcome, including recommendations for speakers, topics, formats, or future host cities.  Questions, comments, and suggestions related to the ISMS can be addressed to the planning committee at

With your participation and expertise, we anticipate another outstanding International Street Medicine Symposium this year!  I hope to see you in Allentown in October so that we can continue to learn from one another and renew our collective commitment to improving the lives of our brothers and sisters living on the streets throughout the world.

In service and solidarity,




Elizabeth A. Frye, MD, MPH

Chair, 13th annual International Street Medicine Symposium