Now Accepting Applications for Host Cities for the 14th annual International Street Medicine Symposium in 2018!!

Dear applicant,

The Street Medicine Institute is pleased to announce a call for host cities for the 14th annual International Street Medicine Symposium! Please complete the following application to the best of your ability with as much detail as possible and send it to by Friday, June 9, 2017. The 14th annual symposium will be held in September or October of 2018.

Your application will be evaluated on the guidelines listed below. In previous years, the symposium has been held on a Thursday through Saturday morning with a pre-symposium Street Medicine 101 workshop on Wednesday. The hosting organization will have an opportunity to present lectures, panels, and/or workshops highlighting the host city’s work to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless individuals sleeping rough/unsheltered.

The host city is responsible for planning the host city highlight presentations, panels, and workshops; advertising for local attendees; arranging location and food for an evening networking event; and arranging/negotiating costs for food, venue space, and other necessary equipment with guidance from the Street Medicine Institute. The Street Medicine Institute is responsible for designing the content of the symposium, international advertising, symposium registration, coordinating with non-local presenters, and assistance to the host city with their responsibilities. The cost of the symposium is shared between the Street Medicine Institute and the host city.



The host city will be evaluated on the following five areas:

  1. Commitment to the vision and mission of the Street Medicine Institute and individuals served through Street Medicine programs is important in the selection of the hosting organization. The Institute’s vision is “People living on the streets throughout the world will have direct access to health care and social services,” and its mission is: “Inspiring and equipping communities worldwide to provide Street Medicine services to rough-sleeping homeless persons.”
  2. Space:
Purpose Minimum capacity Room format Day/time needed Other
Street Medicine 101 (Pre-symposium workshop) 100 people Lecture style Wednesday prior to symposium 8am – 5pm
Symposium lectures 300 people Lecture style Thursday and Friday 7am – 5pm; Saturday 7am-noon
Workshops 50 people Workshop/group discussion style Friday afternoon Need 4 rooms located near that symposium lecture space


  1. Hotels: At least one hotel within walking distance or accessible via public transportation of main symposium location. Multiple hotel options preferred.
  2. Defrayment of symposium costs: Preference will be given to hosts who can significantly defray/reduce symposium costs to the Street Medicine Institute and participants.
  3. Collaborating partners such as universities, programs that serve homeless people, etc


Please complete the application here!.

The Street Medicine Institute looks forward to working with you! Thank you for your application!



Liz Frye

Chair, 2018 International Street Medicine Symposium