2005 EMSC Program News Archives

EMSC Announces Dates/Location for 2006 Annual Grantee Meeting (11/30/2005)

The 2006 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting is scheduled for June 20 to 22 , at the Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring, MD. Hotel room reservations can be made now by calling 301-589-5200. When calling, mention room block "EMSC Grantee Meeting”.

The following individuals are expected to attend the meeting as a condition of their grant funding:

  • State Partnership Grantees: two project representatives and one consumer/family representative
  • Targeted Issue Grantees: two project representatives, one of whom should be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator
  • Network Demonstration Development Project Grantees: two project representatives from each regional node, one representative should be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator
  • Central Data Management Coordinating Center Grantee: two project representatives

More detailed information about the 2006 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting will be available in early 2006.

EMSC's Kavanaugh Receives 2005 Social Worker of the Year Award (11/30/2005)
(Printed from the web site of the U.S. Public Health Service)

CDR Daniel Kavanaugh, MSW, received the 2005 U.S. Public Health Service Social Worker of the Year Award for his role in advancing research in pediatric emergency care through the establishment and management of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network; his efforts to foster research in this field across the Department of Health and Human Services through leading the Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services for Children Research; and other efforts described below.

Prior to becoming the director of the EMSC Program, CDR Kavanaugh spent 10 years as a clinical social worker at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center working directly with patients who were participating in cancer and HIV/AIDS clinical trials. He recognized the value of research in those areas, and in his role as director of the EMSC Program has worked to try and ensure that pediatric emergency care decisions would also be grounded in meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional research.

Although the focus of the nomination was on CDR Kavanaugh's work in advancing pediatric emergency care research at the national level, this is but one facet of his job as director of the EMSC Program in which he and one staff member manage 88 grants and six contracts all focused on improving the care of ill and injured children in the pre- and in-hospital environment. CDR Kavanaugh's leadership in bridging diverse professions, agencies, and organizations to improve the care of ill and injured children nationally is an example of a social worker who has shown the ability to effectively work with and negotiate very complicated systems of care. He saw that there was a need to ensure that ill and injured children benefit from evidenced-based decisions and has worked to develop new, national programs to meet that need.

Materials from NEDARC's Grant Writing Workshop Now Available (09/30/2005)

Materials from the National EMSC Data Analysis and Research Center's (NEDARC) grant writing workshop are now available, free of charge. The materials include PowerPoint presentations and all handouts.

The Effective Grant Writing for EMSC Coordinators Workshop was offered this past summer in Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. In addition to workshop materials, the document Responses to Frequently Asked Questions was created and is available from the EMSC National Resource Center.

New from Illinois EMSC: Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Guidelines (09/29/2005)

Illinois EMSC is pleased to announce the availability of its Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Guidelines. The four phases of disaster (prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) are used as a framework throughout the document to identify the specific needs of children and strategies for meeting those needs. The manual also contains a handy checklist.

The Illinois Pediatric Bioterrorism Workgroup, which is chaired by the Illinois EMSC project, developed the document through a HRSA Hospital Bioterrorism grant. Please note that some information in this document is specific to Illinois, i.e. the Illinois Pediatric Facility Recognition program.