When Health Care and Law Enforcement Overlap: Policy and Practice

When Health Care and Law Enforcement Overlap: Policy and Practice

Virtual Symposium

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Injuries and illnesses requiring emergency medical care often attract responses from law enforcement, and law enforcement officers are frequently present in hospitals. Anyone seeking emergency care might encounter law enforcement in the hospital, but this is particularly true for survivors of violent crime, incarcerated patients, survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies, undocumented immigrants, and individuals with substance use disorders. How do individual health, public safety, legal rights, and ethics intersect? Standardized policies and practices are needed to navigate professional conflicts and balance health and safety concerns.
Co-hosted by Penn LDI and the Penn Department of Emergency Medicine, this multidisciplinary symposium will bring together frontline providers, legal experts, health care workers, social scientists, and researchers to explore these issues and expand the conversation on law enforcement and clinical care. 

Co-sponsored by Penn MedicineTrauma Center, Penn Injury Science Center, and Campaign for Community at the Penn Provost Office.

Questions? Please contact Healthcare.LawEnforcementPenn@gmail.com.


1:00–1:15 p.m. ET: Welcome & Introductory Remarks

1:15–2:00 p.m. ET: Providing Health Care in the Presence of Law Enforcement
Despite the increasing presence of law enforcement in clinical spaces, there is little formal training in how to navigate the medical, legal and ethical gray areas that accompany this intersection. This panel will explore common clinical scenarios and explore how to apply fundamental medical principles to guide policy and behavior.

2:00–2:15 p.m. ET: Spotlight: Police in the Emergency Department Medical Provider Toolkit

2:15–3:00 p.m. ET: Reconciling the Goals of Public Health and Public Safety
Where law enforcement and health care intersect, the needs and agendas of patients, their clinical team, and law enforcement officials may coincide, conflict, or overlap. How can we strengthen person-centered care in the context of these coexisting challenges? 

3:00–3:15 p.m. ET: Break

3:15–4:00 p.m. ET: Supporting Patients through Advocacy, Organizing, and Social Services: How Communities are Responding to Law Enforcement in Hospitals 
In response to concerns from patients, families, and providers, a multitude of community organizations and activists have launched efforts to address some of the harms caused by the presence of law enforcement in healthcare settings -- particularly in hospitals. This panel will highlight examples of these efforts, including legal advocacy, public campaigns, and social services.

4:00–4:15 p.m. ET:  Spotlight: Reconciling Patients' Wellbeing, Public Health, and Public Safety in a Health System

4:15–5:00 p.m. ET: Evidence, Impact, and Context: What We Do and Don’t Know from Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Law Enforcement and Health Care
Evidence from multiple disciplines including medicine and public health, law, the social sciences and bioethics is needed to fully understand the relationships between law enforcement procedures and clinical practice. What has already been described through existing research? What are the important questions that remain unanswered? How do we best design a research agenda to drive evidence-based policy and practice? 


Erin Hall, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, Penn Nursing

Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSc, Division of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis Children’s Hospital & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine

Traci Keesee, PhD, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Justice Initiatives, Center for Policing Equity

Joseph Richardson Jr., PhD, Professor of African-American Studies and Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Medicine & Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Laura Sinko, PhD, MHSP, RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Temple University

Ji Seon Song, JD, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Kim Sue, MD, PHD, Division of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and Medical Director, National Harm Reduction Coalition

Lydia Watts, JD, Executive Director, Rebuild Overcome and Rise Center