Reports from AHRQ's 2012 National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine
Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine was held Oct. 1-2, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose was to identify areas of consensus on important policy and practice issues and to clarify the role of research in advancing Community Paramedicine (CP). Meeting goals included: encouraging wider adoption of CP; networking among interested stakeholders; sharing best practices; and setting an agenda to further the field nationally. Two reports resulting from the sessions National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine are available here:
- National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine: Summary of an Expert Meeting
- A National Agenda for Community Paramedicine Research
Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future
Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future, by Kevin K. McGinnis, MPS, WEMT-P
Copyright © 2004 National Rural Health Association
This report was published with the guidance and support of the National Rural Health Association, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, and the National Association of State EMS Officers. The 1996 NHTSA "EMS Agenda for the Future," the visionary guide upon which this document is based, states that "EMS of the future will be community-based health management which is fully integrated with the overall health care system." A theme running through the "Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future" is that such EMS integration is not only a reasonable approach to making community health care more seamless and to meeting community health care needs that might not otherwise be met, but that providing a variety of EMS-based community health services may be crucial to the survival and advancement of many rural/frontier EMS agencies.
Another related theme is that EMS should not only weave itself into the local health care system but into the fabric of the community itself. Communities can objectively assess and publicly discuss the level and type of EMS care available, consider other options and accompanying costs, and then select a model to subsidize. Where this happens through a well-orchestrated and timely process of informed self-determination, community EMS can be preserved and advanced levels of care can be attained. This document suggests other means of maintaining an effective EMS presence as well as alternative methods of delivering
advanced life support back-up, and the formation of regional cooperatives for medical oversight, quality improvement, data collection and processing.
The following three documents, produced by USDHHS/HRSA, were developed following the Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future, and may be helpful resources for those trying to implement changes recommended in that book.
- Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool
- Rural EMS Agenda for the Future: A Service Chief's Guide to Create Community Support of Excellence in EMS
- Rural EMS Managers Awareness Program
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
As terrorist and natural incidents continue to threaten the safety and quality of life of Americans and as federal funding to combat these activities have become more risk oriented, Congress, in 2004 authorized the development of a Rural Domestic Preparedness Training Center to develop and deliver all-hazards preparedness training to rural communities across the Nation. In 2005, legislation authorized the creation of a Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium to be developed among a group of academic institutions.All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free. Training and resource information can be found on their website by clicking here.
The Minnesota Office of Rural Health & Primary Care EMS Toolkit
This EMS Toolkit is a set of resources developed for rural EMS organizations, which are often run by volunteers. The toolkit addresses common issues that these important community entities face to keep their organizations staffed, funded and running smoothly. Click here to view the toolkit.
White House Rural Council
The White House Rural Council was formed to address challenges in Rural America, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy.
- Official Website of the White House Rural Council
- White House Rural Council Delivers Report on Rural America – Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America (08/12/11)