2008 EMSC Program News


Tennessee EMSC Honors Dr. Robert Wiebe with Award(12/19/2008)

The Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation (TN EMSC) awarded Robert Wiebe, MD, FACEP, FAAP, with the Pioneer Award for EMS for Children at this year’s Annual Update in Acute and Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated long-standing service to the life saving needs of children and supports EMSC’s principles. Dr. Wiede has served on many committees nationally, including the American Heart Association's Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Steps Down, Inouye Expected Successor (11/21/2008)

Earlier this month, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) announced that he will step down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 111th Congress, which begins in January 2009. He has served as committee chairman for the past 10 years. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) is expected to become the new committee chairman. Recall that Senator Inouye spearheaded the efforts to establish the EMSC Program in 1984 and is the sponsor of S 60, which will reauthorize the EMSC Program.

Oklahoma EMSC Hosts First Annual Pediatric Symposium March 6-7, 2009 (11/14/2008)

The First Annual Oklahoma EMSC Pediatric Symposium, titled, “And How Are the Children?,” will take place on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, 2009. It is a one-and-a-half-day meeting that will focus on pediatric emergency care. Registration forms will be available in Oklahoma’s next EMSC quarterly newsletter.

NRC Releases FAQ on Grant Guidance for New/Continuing State Partnership Grants (10/24/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has released a frequently asked question document, titled Swimming through the 2009 EMSC State Partnership New and Competing Grant Guidance. The document is available for download through the NRC website.

NRC Creates Template Press Releases for State Partnership Grantees(10/17/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has created press release templates for State Partnership grantees to use to promote results from completed surveys for performance measures 66a, 66b, and 66d. The press release templates can be found on the NRC website.

HRSA Releases EMSC State Partnership Grant Guidance (10/10/2008)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this week the State Partnership Grant Guidance, which is available for download. Applications are available as “new and competing” for states that are in the third year of EMSC state partnership funding in the amount of $130,000 per year for two years. “Non-competing” applications are available for those who are in the second year of funding.

Eligible applicants include state governments and accredited schools of medicine. Only one application per state is accepted and the State Office of EMS is considered the presumed applicant. If an accredited school of medicine applies, a letter of support should be obtained from the Office of EMS.

To search for these announcements enter CFDA number 93.127.

NEDARC Creates Template Thank You Letters for State Partnership Grantees (09/26/2008)

The National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) has created thank you letter templates for State Partnership grantees to use to thank those who have completed surveys for performance measures 66a, 66b, 66d, and 66e. These thank you letters, along with the aggregate results, can help facilitate better working relationships with the agencies and hospitals submitting the data.

To download a template letter, visit the NEDARC website.

EMSC Grant-supported Website Wins 2008 WebAward (09/26/2008)

The Web Marketing Association has awarded its 2008 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development to the “After the Injury: Helping Parents Help Their Kids Recover” website.

An EMSC Targeted Issue grant awarded to Flaura Winston, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, helped to fund the development of the “After the Injury” website, which serves as the platform for the dissemination of information about traumatic stress and other reactions developed after pediatric injury to parents, children, and other health care providers.

WebAwards is the premier annual website award competition that names the best Web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.

NRC Releases New Patient and Family Centered Care Toolbox (09/19/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has posted a new toolbox on patient- and family-centered care to its website. The new toolbox features the latest information and web resources on family-centered care, as well as a pre-populated PubMed search string and the section “Example Practices,” which highlights the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia patient and family-centered care program.

Nine additional toolboxes are available through the NRC website: Pediatric Pain Management, Pediatric Disaster Preparedness, Prehospital Education, Medical Direction, and Interfacility Designation, Facility Categorization, Pediatric Equipment Guidelines, Coalition Building, and Cultural Competency .

Grant Writing Resources for State Partnership Grantees Available on NRC Website (09/19/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) website now includes resources to help state partnership grantees write their upcoming state partnership grants. The resources include presentations from the September and October 2008 National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center/NRC workshops on grant writing, as well as a sample budget template, a sample letter of support, and a grant writing worksheet. The Grant Writing Resources section will be updated frequently as new resources are developed so check back often.

Save-the- Date: 2009 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting (09/12/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center is pleased to announce that next year's Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting will be held June 9-12, 2009, in Alexandria, VA. June 9 is scheduled as a targeted preconference day. A full-day agenda is planned for June 10 and 11, and June 12 is a half day. It will be held jointly with the Mid-year Meeting of the National Association of State EMS Officials. Additional meeting information and registration instructions will be forthcoming in the next few months.

NIH Releases EMSC Research Funding Opportunity (09/12/2008)

The NIH has released a new multi-agency Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to improve the quality and quantity of research related to emergency medical services for children (EMSC). This FOA invites the submission of applications dealing with 1) building the evidence base for clinical aspects of emergencies and emergency care; (2) improving data collection and evaluation systems in EMSC; (3) patient outcomes and outcome measures in pediatric emergency care; (4) costs and cost-effectiveness; (5) system organization, configuration, and operation to provide optimal care; (6) effective approaches to education and training, including re-training and skill retention; and (7) assuring pediatric safety and quality in emergency care.

See the full announcement for more information.

Important Dates:

  • Application Due Date(s): January 15, 2009, September 19, 2009, September 15, 2010
  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): December 15, 2008, August 19, 2009, August 15, 2010
  • Peer Review Date(s): June/July 2009; February/March 2010; February/March 2011
  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): December 2009, July 2010, July 2011

HRSA Funds Four New EMSC Targeted Issues Grants for 2008 (09/04/2008)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is please to announce that four new EMSC Targeted Issue grants are being funded in fiscal year 2008. Awards range up to $250,000 per year for up to three years. The newly funded Targeted Issue grants are:

  • Children’s Medical Center; Efficacy of Driving Simulator Training for Novice Teen Drivers; Principal Investigator: Brendan Campbell, MD, MPH; $250,000.
  • Children’s Hospital Boston Center for Biopreparedness; REUNITE: A Novel Imaging System for Children Separated during Disaster. Principal Investigator: Michael Shannon, MD; $249,407.
  • Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies; Michigan Pediatric Errors and Excellence Discovery with Simulation (MI-PE2DS); Principal Investigator: Richard Lammers, MD, FACEP; $250,000.
  • Children’s Research Institute of Children’s National Medical Center; Family Presence during Pediatric Trauma Team Activation: Measuring the Effects of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient-Family-Centered Care; Principal Investigator: Karen O’Connell, MD; $250,000.

To learn more about the new Targeted Issue grants, read the fact sheet.

NRC Releases Summer Issue of FAN Mail (08/15/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has released the summer issue of FAN Mail, a newsletter targeting family representatives who actively support state EMSC initiatives. The issue pays tribute to the Family Advisory Network (FAN) representatives who were recognized at this year’s National Heroes Awards ceremony for their dedicated years of services to the EMSC Program. It also discusses new resources available to FAN representatives, and highlights the new “For Families” section of the NRC website.

NRC Announces Mentoring for Success: A Program for State EMSC Managers (08/08/2008)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) continues to work to identify and develop EMSC resources to assist state grantees in developing their EMSC programs. The program is fortunate to have many strong and experienced leaders in many states that have both knowledge and skills to share with others. With that in mind, the NRC has put together a mentoring program. This program will provide an opportunity for many of our State Partnership EMSC leaders to assist and provide guidance to newer EMSC mangers.

We encourage all grantees to take advantage of this opportunity and to learn from one another. For more information about this program, contact Diana Fendya at dfendya@childrensnational.org or at (417) 779-0703.

NRC Hosts Series of State Best Practices Conference Calls (07/31/2008)

Starting September, 2008, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) will host monthly teleconference calls highlighting states that have demonstrated a best practice in achieving the state partnership performance measure. Each call will allow time for attendees to converse and ask questions of their fellow grantees. Dates for the Best Practice call are listed below - please mark your calendars. As a reminder two weeks prior to the September conference call, a printable calendar with conference call dates, times of calls and call in information will be attached to QuickNews. We look forward to hearing many of you on the conference call. The topics of the conference calls are:

  • A) Performance Measure 66A; On -line and Off line Medical Direction: September 8, 2008 from 2-3:30 pm EST. Invited speakers are Beth McAteer, Pennsylvania and Susan Fuchs, MD, Illinois, and Cyndy Wright Johnson, Maryland.
  • B) Performance Measure 66B: Availability of pediatric equipment: October 20, 2008 from 2-3:30 pm EST. Invited speakers are Paula Atkinson from Missouri, Dave Boer from South Dakota, and Patricia Kenyon from Florida.
  • C) Performance Measure 66C: Pediatric facility categorization: December 1, 2008 from 2-3:30 pm EST. Invited speakers are Paul Marmen from Oklahoma and Rhonda Phillippi from Tennessee.
  • D) Performance Measure 66D and E: Pediatric inter-facility transfer: January 12, 2009 from 2- 3:30 EST. Invited speakers are Dan Manz from Vermont, Eric Hicken from New Jersey, and Scott Hogan from Washington State.

    For more information please contact Diana Fendya at dfendya@childrensnational.org.

    Use Online Subscription Services to Sign Up for EMSC Listservs (07/24/2008)

    Interested in subscribing to the EMSC Grantee Listserv or any one of the five listservs the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) currently manages?

    Take advantage of the online subscription services offered through the new NRC website, located at http://www.childrensnational.org/EMSC/. Grantees and other EMSC stakeholders can choose to join the following listservs: EMSC Grantee Listserv, Research Listserv, PECARN Listserv, PECARN PR Listserv, and FAN Listserv (open only to EMSC family representatives selected by the state EMSC program manager/advisory committee). A brief description of each listserv is available in the for grantees section of the EMSC website.

    EMSC Recognizes Family Representatives at the Grantee Meeting (07/17/2008)

    During this year’s National Heroes Award ceremony, the Federal EMSC Program took a moment to recognize 19 individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to EMSC through their long-standing service as representatives to the EMSC Family Advisory Network (FAN).

    The following twelve have served as family representatives for at least five years: Julie Bartling, Linda Eckfeld, Donene Feist, Donna Habrock, Erika Kravic, Melody Mesmer, Sandra Nasca, Kelly Roderick, Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith, John Susa, Judy Taylor and Evelyn Wolfe.

    Seven individuals were recognized for serving for at least 10 years in their current capacity as family representatives; Mary Ellen Brock, Carolyn Ferolito, Shauna Hatton-Ward, Martha Jean Madison, Donna Meyers, Murney Rinholm, and Ruth Walden.

    Please visit this year’s Hero’s Award news release on the new NRC website at: http://www.childrensnational.org/EMSC/Events/NHAP/default.aspx.

    EMSC Stakeholders Meeting Convene in Washington DC (07/17/2008)

    This week the EMSC Partnership for Children Stakeholder group met in Washington, DC to advise the EMSC Program on several important issues. Specifically, the group discussed ways to achieve the goals and objectives of the Fiscal Year 2008-2010 EMSC Program Strategic Plan, reviewed and provided input on the recommended revisions to the State Partnership grantee performance measures, and discussed an upcoming evaluation of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

    The stakeholder group is a collaboration of diverse organizations and EMSC Program grantees brought together to improve the emergency medical care of children through the exchange of knowledge, development of partnerships, and provision of input and counsel to the EMSC Program. The group is composed of representatives from three U.S. Government agencies (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Indian Health Service, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), six EMSC grantees, and 22 national organizations.

    For more information concerning the EMSC Stakeholder group please contact Karen Belli at kbelli@childrensnational.org.

    EMSC Federal Legislation Update (07/10/2008)

    On June 19, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education of the House Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill. While the subcommittee has yet to publicly release the funding levels for individual programs, it is speculated that the bill includes an appropriation for the EMSC Program. You may recall that following the subcommittee mark-up, the appropriations bill will move to the House Committee on Appropriations for consideration.

    On June 24, the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education approved its version of the FY 2009 Labor¸ Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Bill. On June 26, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the bill, which includes a recommended appropriation of $20 million for the EMSC Program. Next, the appropriations bill will move to the full Senate for consideration. As you may recall, in order for an appropriations bill to become a law both the House and Senate must agree on a final version.

    Authorization:You may remember that on Tuesday, April 8, the House of Representatives approved HR 2464, the Wakefield Act, by a vote of 390-1. The Senate has yet to consider the bill; however, there are currently 12 co-sponsors and it is believed that the Wakefield Act will be reviewed later this year. For questions please contact Karen Belli at kbelli@childrensnational.org.

    Illinois EMSC Develops New Pediatric Moderate Sedation Module (07/07/2008)

    The Pediatric Moderate Sedation module was one of several online self-study modules developed by Illinois EMSC through an EMSC Targeted Issues grant. Specifically, this module: highlights the principles and standards underlying safe and effective pediatric moderate sedation; reviews commonly used sedating/analgesic agents; discuss potential pediatric complications associated with moderate sedation; highlights adjuncts to sedation; and encourages healthcare organization to assess and improve their own pediatric moderate sedation processes.

    In addition, Illinois EMSC has partnered with the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health and its online Public Health Learning system to place these modules on a web-based educational/learning management website. Continuing education hours will be available to those completing the modules.

    The educational modules can be accessed on the Illinois EMSC website at: http://www.luhs.org/depts/emsc/maphtcmodsed/modsed_slide_show_offline.ppt .

    The Public Health Learning system can be accessed at: http://www.publichealthlearning.com.

    2008 National EMSC Heroes Awards Honors One Team and Five Remarkable Individuals (07/01/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 EMSC National Heroes Awards (NHA):

    • George Foltin, MD: EMSC Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Nancy Kelly-Goodstein: EMSC Project Coordinator/Manager of Distinction Award
    • Doris Foster, RN, EMT-P: EMSC Provider Leadership Award
    • Theresa Guins, MD: EMSC Advisory Committee Member Award
    • Implementation and Evaluation of the Care of Children in the Emergency Department-Guidelines for Preparedness: Outstanding EMSC Research Project Team Award
    • Mary Fallat, MD: EMSC Policy Leader of Distinction Award

    Congratulations to all of our winners! A news release on the NHA winners, which includes photos, is available from the EMSC Events section.

    2008 Annual Grantee Meeting Highlights (07/01/2008)

    More than 230 individuals attended this year’s Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda , MD. The two-and-a-half day meeting highlighted successes of the program, provided exciting new education content and allowed EMSC members from all States and Territories to network.

    The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) held its 2008 Mid-year meeting in conjunction with this year’s Grantee Meeting. During the meeting, NASEMSO held the inaugural meeting of its EMSC Council at which time Council officers were elected. The NRC congratulates the following individuals: Gloria Hale, elected council chair; Katrina Altenhofen, chair-elect; and Evelyn Lyons, elected secretary.

    The Indian Health Service (IHS) will begin processing and mailing CME’s/CEU’s for the nursing and physicians who completed the sign in sheets. IHS estimates that it will take a few weeks for the certificates to be mailed.

    On behalf of the Federal EMSC Program, the EMSC National Resource Center and the National EMSC Data Analysis Center , thank you for making this year’s meeting a successful and engaging learning experience

    NRC Updates its EMSC Project Management and Leadership Guide (06/22/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has updated its EMSC Project Management and Leadership Guide. The original guide was released in 2007 and provides a step-by-step approach to becoming an effective EMSC manager. The 2008 edition includes three additional steps or chapters: Understanding the EMS System; Partnering with Other State Agencies; and Garnering Legislative Support, which also contains information on working with state and Federal officials.

    This document, like EMSC managers, is in evolution. It is a living document for all managers. New content and information important to leading successful state programs will be added regularly.

    The EMSC Project Management and Leadership Guide (Revised) will be available at next week’s Annual Grantee Meeting. Look for it at the Cyber Cafe and NRC Bookstore, located in the Ballroom Coatroom (off of Crystal Ballroom Foyer). The guide is also available for download from the "Publications and Resources" section of this website.

    NRC Releases New Family Representative Toolkit (06/15/2008)

    To assist parents and caregivers in their efforts to support the EMSC Program at the national and state levels, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has released “Getting Started, Staying Involved: An EMSC Toolkit for Family Representatives.” This guide provides tips on everything needed to help family representatives get started and stay involved in the planning and implementation of state EMSC activities ‑- including maintaining an effective working relationship with the state EMSC program manager, recruiting community partners, and educating legislators.

    Look for the toolkit during the Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting at the Cyber Cafe and NRC Bookstore, located in the Ballroom Coatroom (off of Crystal Ballroom Foyer). The guide is available in hard copy and CD-ROM format. Please contact the NRC at (301) 244-6300 for more information regarding this toolkit.

    Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting Approved for 13.5 CME Hours (06/12/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has just been notified that up to 13.5 nursing and physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits have been approved for this year’s Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting. The NRC is working with the Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The IHS is also accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ’s Commission on Accreditation.

    To receive CMEs, attendees must complete a sign-in sheet and an evaluation for each designated session. The Overall Conference Evaluation must also be completed. The IHS Clinical Support Center will mail CME certificates to attendees following the conference.

    AAP Announces EMSC Day on its Website (05/22/2008)

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has unveiled a new section on its website featuring information on EMSC Day 2008, including the EMSC National Resource Center ’s EMSC Day toolkit. The section also features links to an EMSC Day proclamation, the AAP committee on pediatric emergency medicine, Children and Disaster Preparedness Resources, and The Injury and Prevention Program (TIPP).

    Toolbox on Cultural Competency Added to EMSC Website (05/22/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center has posted a new toolbox on cultural competency. The toolbox features the latest information and web resources on cultural competency, as well as a pre-populated Pub Med search string and the section “Example Practices,” which showcases the successful efforts of the Minnesota EMSC program.

    Eight additional toolboxes are available through the EMSC website: Pediatric Pain Management, Pediatric Disaster Preparedness, Prehospital Education, Medical Direction, and Interfacility Designation, Facility Categorization, Pediatric Equipment Guidelines, Coalition Building . Access the website to see all that the toolboxes offer. Toolboxes are updated annually.

    NRC Cooperative Agreement to Continue under Children’s National Medical Center (05/15/2008)

    The EMSC Program announces that Children’s National Medical Center is the successful applicant in the recent competition to continue EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) operations. Children’s National has served as home for the NRC since 1991.The NRC is organized under the Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) at Children’s National, which is led by CHAI Executive Director and NRC Medical Director Joseph Wright, MD, MPH. Dr. Wright congratulates NRC Director and Principal Investigator Tasmeen Singh and her staff on their important achievement.

    The NRC received more than 60 letters of support for this application. The Center thanks all grantees and national organizations for this overwhelming response.

    Previously funded under a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) contract, the NRC will now be funded as a cooperative agreement with HRSA’s Maternal Child Health Bureau. This new structure will allow the NRC to better assist grantees and affords greater flexibility in the development of grantee resources. The NRC will continue to provide technical assistance to grantees, develop resources, provide electronic communications for the Federal Program, serve as the clearinghouse for EMS products and resources, conduct legislative analysis, work with national organizations, and support the EMSC Program officers Dan Kavanaugh and Tina Turgel.

    Maine Celebrates EMSC Day (05/15/2008)

    In Portland on May 21, the Maine office of EMSC will welcome EMSC Day with a host of events and activities. The festivities commence at 8:30 a.m. and include appearances by Smokey the Bear; the Crash Test Dummies; and Midnight, the Maine Fire Marshall’s Arson Dog.

    Attendees can also explore fire and rescue vehicles, the Portland Fire Department smokehouse, and participate in DNA testing for children. For more information, contact John Leighton, EMS for children coordinator, at (207) 741-2790 or emsc@smems.org.

    NRC Releases EMSC Day Toolkit (05/01/2008)

    EMSC Day 2008, scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, is just around the corner. The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) encourages all EMSC grantees to take advantage of this national observance by conducting local activities designed to highlight and celebrate their state’s EMSC achievements.

    To help grantees get started, the NRC developed and distributed via the Grantee Listserv an EMSC Day Toolkit. The toolkit includes: tips for reaching your target audiences (parents and caregivers or staff and volunteers); background material about the history of EMSC; camera ready clip-art; fact sheets (in English and Spanish); and activity pages for children.

    For questions or additional copies of the toolkit, contact the NRC at (301) 244-6300.

    NRC Issues Call for Poster Presentations(05/01/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center is currently accepting submissions for the 2008 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting poster session, scheduled for June 26. Targeted Issue, PECARN, and State Partnership grantees are encouraged to submit a poster based on the requirements outlined in the poster session invitation letter and form (available by contacting the NRC at (301) 244-6300). The deadline for submission is May 31, 2008.

    Nomination Process Open for NAEMSO EMSC Council Chair (04/25/2008)

    The National Association of State EMS Officials is holding nominations for chair of the new EMSC Council. The inaugural meeting of the EMSC Council will be held June 24 during the NASEMSO Mid-year Meeting. At this time, a chair will be elected to lead the Council. Nominations are due May 31, 2008. Note that the name of the person nominating will not be released.

    The EMSC Council chair will: (1) serve a term of three years; (2) serve as a voting member of the NASEMSO Executive Board (i.e., participate in monthly Executive Board conference calls and attend the annual NASEMSO strategic planning meeting); (3) serve as liaison to the Federal EMSC Program and the EMSC National Resource Center; and (4) facilitate EMSC Council work as requested (i.e., conduct conference calls with Council leadership and attend the EMSC Council meetings at the NASEMSO Mid-year Meeting and NASEMSO Annual Meeting).

    For questions regarding the nomination, contact the NRC at tsingh@childrensnational.org.

    EMSC Partners with ATS for Trauma Month in May (04/24/2008)

    This year, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is partnering with the American Trauma Society to develop, distribute, and promote National Trauma Month. Occurring each May, the commemorative celebration is designed to raise awareness about trauma and trauma prevention. This year’s theme, “Plan A-Head,” draws attention to helmet use as a means to prevent concussions.

    More than 200 trauma centers throughout the country will receive an information packet, complete with a poster, a brochure for families, a fact sheet for practitioners, and a list of resources on mild traumatic brain injury.

    Please contact the American Trauma Society at 1-800-556-7890 for more information.

    EMSC Releases New Three Year Strategic Plan (04/17/2008)

    The EMSC Program has a new strategic plan to define Program priorities for FY 2008-2010 inclusive. This strategic plan focuses on Program activities that are measurable and achievable under the current funding levels. This plan replaces the former five-year plan. For questions about the strategic plan, please contact the EMSC National Resource Center at 202-476-4927 or Tasmeen Singh at tsingh@childrensnational.org.

    Register Today for the 2008 Annual Grantee Meeting (04/11/2008)

    The National Resource Center is pleased to announce that registration for the EMSC Grantee Meeting is now open. To receive more information, visit www.childrensnational.org/EMSC/Events/Annual_Grantee.aspx.

    The Grantee Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 25 through Friday, June 27. The hotel rate will be available for the Friday, June 27 night.

    EMSC Federal Legislative Update Reauthorization (04/10/2008)

    On Tuesday, April 8, the House of Representatives approved HR 2464, the Wakefield Act, by a vote of 390-1. The bill, introduced by Congressman Jim Matheson (UT), would reauthorize the EMSC Program for five years, from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013. The measure authorizes $25,000,000 for the Program for fiscal year 2009, $26,250,000 for fiscal year 2010, $27,562,500 for fiscal year 2011, $28,940,625 for fiscal year 2012, and $30,387,656 for fiscal year 2013 (this is a five percent increase per year). Please remember that these amounts are simply a suggestion as to how much money the Program should receive each year. Actual funding is provided through the federal appropriations process on an annual basis and may differ from these amounts.

    You may recall that in order for a reauthorization bill, such as HR 2464, to become law, both the House and the Senate must vote on, and pass, their respective versions of the bill. To date, no action has occurred on S 60, the Senate version of the Wakefield Act.

    For questions regarding this legislative update, please contact the EMSC National Resource Center at 202-476-4927 or Karen Belli at (kbelli@childrensnational.org).

    NRC Releases Minutes from Town-Hall Conference Call (04/03/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) hosted the first quarterly town hall conference call on April 1, 2008. Twenty-four states attended the call. Notes from the call are now available (see EMSC Events section of web site).

    The next conference call is scheduled for July 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm EDT. Per request, an additional time slot will be identified for the conference call. Please contact James Morehead at jmorehea@childrensnational.org for questions.

    The conference toll-free call-in number is (877) 355-6338 or (202) 476-6338 for local grantees. Enter Meeting ID# 1707.

    Nominate Your Colleague Today for an EMSC National Hero Award (03/10/2008)

    The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2008 EMSC National Heroes Awards (NHA). These awards are presented to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the EMSC program.

    This year's award categories include: EMSC Project Coordinator/ Manager of Distinction, EMSC Provider Leadership, EMSC Family Representative Volunteer of the Year, EMSC Advisory Committee Member, Outstanding EMSC Research Project, State EMSC Policy Leader of Distinction, and EMSC Lifetime Achievement.

    Nominations are due Friday, April 4, 2008. Winners will be announced at the 2008 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting in June. Note that one person can make multiple nominations. Copies of the nomination form are available by contacting the NRC at 202-476-4927.

    EMSC Interfacility Transfer Webcast (02/29/2008)

    The EMSC webcast "When Minutes Count: Making Transfers Work for Critically Ill and Injured Children" which took place on February 13, has been archived and is available at MCH.com. (Once here, go to "Recent Events" in the right-hand column and scroll down to "Introduction to Interfacility Transfer Agreements and Guidelines.")

    The webcast focused on EMSC performance measures 66d and 66e.

    Plan A-Head: EMSC and ATS Gear Up for National Trauma Month (02/21/2008)

    This year, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is teaming up with the American Trauma Society to develop, distribute, and promote National Trauma Month. Occurring each May, the commemorative celebration is designed to raise awareness about trauma and trauma prevention. This year’s theme, "Plan A-Head," draws attention to helmet use as a means to prevent concussions.

    More than 200 trauma centers throughout the country will receive an information packet, complete with a poster, a brochure for families, a fact sheet for practitioners, and a list of resources on mild traumatic brain injury. Electronic copies of the materials will be available from the NRC in mid-April.

    Hotel Information Released for 2008 Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting (02/15/2008)

    The Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting, scheduled for June 25-27, 2008, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. Additional information about meeting logistics and online registration will be made available in the next three to four weeks.

    This year’s grantee meeting will be held from 7:30 am to 5 pm on June 25 and 26, and from 7:30 am to noon on June 27. It will be held jointly with the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State EMS Officials, which is scheduled for June 24 and 25.

    The following individuals with new or continuation grant funding starting on March 1, 2008, are expected to attend the Annual Grantee Meeting as a condition of their EMSC grant funding:

    1. State Partnership grantees (two project representatives and one consumer/family representative)

    2. Targeted Issue grantees (two project representatives, one of whom should be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator)

    1. Network Demonstration Development Project grantees (two project representatives from each regional node, one of whom should be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator)

    2. Central Data Management Coordinating Center grantee (two project representatives)

    Other individuals interested in Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) activities are invited to attend.

    EMSC Targeted Issue and NDDP Grant Guidances Now Available (02/07/2008)

    The EMSC Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, is pleased to announce the following grant opportunities:

    Targeted Issue Grant Competition. Targeted Issue Demonstration Grants are intended to meet HRSA/MCHB priorities of improving the health infrastructure and systems of care as well as assuring quality of care. Funding is $250,000 per year in total costs for a period of three years. The due date for application is March 17, 2008. To access the full grant guidance, go to http://www.grants.gov/ and search CFDA number 93.127.

    EMS for Children: Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP). Applications for four grants will be accepted to form the infrastructure for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). For more information about PECARN, visit http://www.pecarn.org/. Funding for NDDP grants is anticipated at $890,000 total costs per year for a period of three years. The due date for application is March 21, 2008. To access the full grant guidance, go to http://www.grants.gov/ and search CFDA number 93.127.

    Reminder: NRC Staff Issued New Email Addresses (02/07/2008)

    In an effort to better serve EMSC grantees and other constituents, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has recently enhanced and moved its e-mail system to the IT infrastructure at Children’s National Medical Center. The new email address for each NRC staff member is listed below. Please note that emails going to an old "emscnrc.com" address will automatically forward to the staff member’s new address. This forwarding service will end shortly. Please update the email fields in your contacts list at your earliest convenience.

    1. Karen Belli: kbelli@childrensnational.org
    2. Tanya Brown: tdbrown@childrensnational.org
    3. Diana Fendya: dfendya@childrensnational.org
    4. Jaclyn Haymon: jhaymon@childrensnational.org
    5. Jocelyn Hulbert: jhulbert@childrensnational.org
    6. Gayathri Jayawardena: gjayawar@childrensnational.org
    7. Bethany McCunn: bmccunn@childrensnational.org
    8. Jim Morehead: jmorehea@childrensnational.org
    9. Therese Morrison-Quinata: tmquinat@childrensnational.org
    10. Suzanne Sellman: susellma@childrensnational.org
    11. Tasmeen Singh: tsingh@childrensnational.org

    HHS Releases NDDP Grant Announcement (01/25/2008)

    The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration announced on January 22, 2008, the following funding opportunity: Emergency Medical Services for Children: Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP). The NDDP grant announcement can be found at Grants.gov.

    The application due date is March 21, 2008. Please see the full grant guidance for the funding amount and instructions for application. For questions about this grant opportunity, contact the EMSC National Resource Center at (202) 476-4927.

    Dates for 2008 Annual Grantee Meeting Announced (01/18/2008)

    The EMSC National Resource Center is pleased to announce that this year's Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting will be held June 25 to 27, 2008, in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will be held from 7:30 am to 5 pm on June 25 and 26, and from 7:30 am to noon on June 27. It will be held jointly with the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State EMS Officials, which is scheduled for June 24 and 25.

    Additional information about the hotel and the registration process will be posted shortly.

    Update on EMSC Grant Announcements (01/10/2008)

    The EMSC Program anticipates releasing the following funding opportunities on or about January 16. Both applications will be due 60 days from the date of issue. The guidances will be released via this listserv as soon as they are available. Interested individuals may also access Grants.gov and search by CFDA number 93.127 on.

    Targeted Issues Grants. The Program anticipates funding four to five grants at $250,000 total costs per year for three years. If the proposed project requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, the applicant must include a letter from the IRB stating, at a minimum, that the applicant has contacted and submitted information to the IRB regarding the proposed project.

    Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP). Applications for four grants will be accepted to form the infrastructure for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Funding is anticipated at $860,000 total costs per year for three years. Visit the PECARN web site for more information.

    The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) encourages candidates to contact Tasmeen Singh for assistance with either of these funding opportunities. The NRC can assist investigators with concept development, review drafts of the abstract or narrative, assist with IRB submissions, and provide support with budget development.

    EMS Week Scheduled for May 18 to 24; EMSC Day Set for May 21 (01/10/2008)

    The American College of Emergency Physicians has announced the dates for this year’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week as May 18 to 24, 2008. Wednesday, May 21, 2008, has been identified as EMS for Children Day. The slogan for the 2008 celebration is "EMS: Your Life is Our Mission."

    EMS Week/EMSC Day brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

    The EMS Week Planning Guide/Kit is available online, free of charge. For additional information, contact Denise Fechner or fax completed order forms to (972) 580-2816.