Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center
EMSC National Resource Center
Helping to Improve the Care of Ill and Injured Children
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) was established in 1991 to help states reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury. NRC supports the federal EMSC Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration with collaboration from the U.S. Department of Transportation's, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NRC works with states to identify the resources needed to organize and implement EMSC activities throughout the nation. This includes providing guidance in securing funding, developing injury prevention plans, building coalitions, shaping public policy, training prehospital and hospital care providers, producing educational resource materials, and much more.
NRC also works with national and professional organizations – representing physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and emergency medical technicians – to identify and address the issues surrounding the provision of optimal pediatric care. By drawing on the knowledge, skills, and resources of many different professionals this collaboration ensures that EMSC initiatives will have a broad impact and long-term viability.
In keeping with EMSC's commitment to research, NRC is collaborating with numerous federal agencies and nationally known children’s hospitals to collect high-quality, meaningful data for the purposes of expanding and improving the services children receive in a medical emergency. Studies on the cost efficiency and clinical effectiveness of the procedures used to treat children at the scene of the emergency, in transit, or at the hospital are of high priority.
NRC is taking a leadership role in addressing the key issues affecting EMSC, such as managed care, disaster preparedness, children with special health care needs, mental health, family-centered care, and cultural diversity. The center has developed national task forces and published comprehensive reports drawing significant attention to many of these critical issues.
Resources Available Through NRC
Technical Assistance and Referral: Highly-trained public health, public policy, and research professionals are available to provide assistance to states, national organizations, federal officials, and child health care advocates on issues ranging from preventing illness and injury to prehospital and acute care to rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.
Networking: NRC provides the pediatric health care community with a number of different methods to network with their colleagues, comparing notes on what strategies and programs worked and which approaches were counter-productive. This free exchange of ideas leads to better care and higher quality services.
Web site: The EMSC web site offers public information about the national effort. It also features What's New at EMSC, an e-journal featuring the latest news and findings in the pediatric health care community.
Products: The NRC serves as a clearinghouse for a host of free downloadable products, many of which are not available through the EMSC Program's .gov website. To access these products, click here.
To Learn More:
For additional information about the EMSC National Resource Center, or to learn more about EMSC, please contact:
EMSC National Resource Center
8737 Colesville Road, Suite 400
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
- Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center