2009 EMSC Program News

FY2010 EMSC SP New and Competing Continuation Grant Guidance Now Available (12/21/2009)

The EMSC State Partnership (SP) New and Competing Continuation Grant Guidance is now available. This grant is for states who are not currently funded or are in the last year of State Partnership funding.

To submit a continuation application for fiscal year (FY) 2010, download and read the Grant Guidance online by visiting Grants.gov. Once here, click on “Apply for Grants," then on “Download a Grant Application Package." Enter CFDA Number “93.127” in the blank field, then click on “Download Package." Download the Instructions (EMSC SP New and Competing Continuation Grant Guidance) and the Application Package. Review the instructions carefully and complete the required forms in Grants.gov before the closing date of January 29, 2010. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the NRC State Partnership Team, should assistance be needed.

Note: States that are currently in a non-competing cycle, please use the instructions provided by the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) for the non-competing application.

NRC and NEDARC Publish Manual on Non-competing Continuation Grant Guidance (12/03/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) and the National EMS Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) are happy to announce two new resources to help State Partnership grantees during the 2010 application season.

  • Grantees completing either the “non-competing” or the “new/competing” EMSC State Partnership applications are required to complete the SF424 form in Grants.gov. Helpful instructions to assist with this portion of the application are now available.
  • The NRC and NEDARC have created a new “EHB Instructions Manual” with step-by-step instructions to assist with the re-designed EHB pages required with the grant submission. Please note that the manual includes live links from the Table of Contents to the content described.
For questions about the applications or either of these resources, please contact your state NRC representative.

TI Grantee Publishes Article on Depression Screening (12/04/2009)

The EMSC Program congratulates EMSC Targeted Issue (TI) Grantee Joel Fein, MD, whose article “Patients’ and Caregivers’ Beliefs About Depression Screening and Referral in the Emergency Department” appeared in the November 2009 issue of Pediatric Emergency Care (Vol.25, Issue 11). The article examines patient and caregiver beliefs about the acceptability of universal depression screening in the emergency department, and their perception of barriers to referrals following a positive screen. The study, which was supported through a TI grant, found that patients and caregivers generally support depression screening in the pediatric emergency department and identified several barriers to screening and referral for treatment. Recommendations include an introduction of universal screening early in the emergency department visit, provision of specific information about the meaning of screening results, and support from family and health care providers to help reduce stigma and increase referral acceptability.

New York EMSC Partners with the CARES Foundation to Improve Treatment of Adrenal Insufficiency (12/07/2009)

On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, the New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee approved recommendations for the regional adoption of protocols for the emergency medical treatment of adrenal insufficiency and the carrying of Solu-Cortef by emergency response vehicles. The adoption by the state's 18 regions and implementation will take time. Yet, the Suffolk Region has already begun training and has started carrying Solu-Cortef on its ambulances. None of this would have been possible without EMSC and the dedication of Martha Gohlke and her team. Congratulations!

EMSC Federal Legislative Update (November) (11/20/2009)

On Wednesday, November 18, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This is the Senate’s version of health care reform legislation, the result of merging the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s (HELP) health care reform bill and the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill.

The Senate bill maintains the provision to reauthorize the EMSC Program for five years, from Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to FY 2014. Recall that EMSC reauthorization was included in the HELP Committee’s bill. The Senate bill changes the grant cycle from three years with an optional fourth year to four years with an optional fifth year. It authorizes an appropriation of $25 million for the Program in FY 2010, increasing to $30.4 million in FY 2014. These amounts, however, are simply a guide as to how much funding Congress believes the Program should receive; recall that actual funding is provided through the annual appropriations process. (For EMSC Reauthorization, see Section 5603 on p 1514; Note that this document is over 2,000 pages and may be difficult to load.)

Local News Source in Michigan Features EMSC TI Grantee (11/12/2009)

PetoskeyNews.com recently published the article, “Medics Train for Treating Infants," which featured Richard Lammers, MD, and the work he is accomplishing on an EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) grant. The article describes EMS crew members participating in a study focused on improving the EMS treatment of infants. The training the medics received took place in a specially designed trailer that is equipped with a baby simulator and equipment to control the exercise and monitor the participants' actions. The study results will be distributed within a few months.

FY2010 EMSC SP Non-competing Continuation Grant Guidance Now Available (11/11/2009)

The FY2010 EMSC State Partnership (SP) Non-competing Continuation Grant Guidance is now available. This opportunity utilizes the two-tiered online application procedure in which the applicant applies through Grants.gov (Tier 1) and then through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Electronic Handbook or EHB (Tier 2). No paper applications will be accepted without a prior written waiver from the Division of Grants Policy.

The due date for the Grants.gov submission is December 11, 2009. The due date for EHB is December 28, 2009. Once at Grants.gov, click on "Apply for Grants," then on “Download A Grant Application Package." Enter CFDA Number “93.127.” The Funding Opportunity Number is 5-H33-10-001 and the Competition ID is 3727, however, some applicants have experienced technical difficulties when entering information into all three fields. In this situation, only enter the CFDA Number. Applicants must complete Grants.gov prior to accessing EHB.

The EMSC National Resource Center recommends that all project directors submitting a non-competitive application review the Completing Your Non-Competing Continuation Application In Grants.gov and HRSA Electronic Handbooks: Supplemental Instructions for Grantees.

Ian Weston Joins the NRC Team As Its New Director (11/04/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) welcomes Ian Weston as its new director. Ian has more than 10 years of EMS experience and six years of experience in the health policy arena. Ian has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department in Long Island, NY, since 1999 and also serves with the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department in Arlington, VA.

Most recently, Ian served as the senior director of government affairs and policy and chief financial officer at Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates, a health care/life sciences policy firm. In this capacity, Ian was responsible for developing legislative strategies and advising clients on health-related congressional legislation and activities. Prior to that, Ian served as a health policy advisor to U.S. Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY).

Ian holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy (Global Medical and Health Policy) from George Mason University in Virginia and received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Science from Syracuse University in New York.

At the NRC, Ian will lead the State Partnership Technical Assistance Team. Ian can be reached at iweston@childrensnational.org or (202) 476-6890.

EMSC Advisory Committee Members in NY Publish Article on Pediatric Care in Public Health Emergencies (10/30/2009)

The Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness recently published the article “Mass Critical Care: Pediatric Considerations in Extending and Rationing Care in Public Health Emergencies” by Drs. Robert Kanter and Arthur Cooper. Both are members of the EMSC Advisory Board in New York. Their article examines applying mass critical care (MCC) concepts to children. It suggests that in public health emergencies, utilizing MCC would improve population outcomes by providing lifesaving interventions while delaying less urgent care.

New Mexico EMSC Program Provides CMEs for Online Training Modules (10/16/2009)

The New Mexico EMSC program announces the availability of its online Pediatric Emergencies Education Program, which is approved by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). Each module within the program is approved for 1 hour of continuing medical education credits, and the cost is $5/module. There are three different training formats on the website, including EMT-specific continuing education, trauma modules for all practitioner levels, and EMS school nurse training.

The EMT-specific training is presented in a PowerPoint format and is accompanied by a post test. The EMS school nurse training program was developed for school nurses but has a basic EMS focus; these modules are a combination of lectures, skills, scenarios, a tour of the EMS system, and include a post test.

Maryland EMSC Program Director Receives National Award (10/09/2009)

Cynthia Wright-Johnson, the Maryland EMSC program director, is the recipient of the Barbara Foley Injury Prevention Leadership Award. The award, which was presented on October 8 by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) at its annual conference in Baltimore, honors an active ENA Injury Prevention Institute/ENCARE volunteer who, within the past year, has served as a leader in the development and promotion of injury prevention programs at the national, state, and local levels. Congratulations Cyndy!

Florida EMSC Program Offers Free Webinar Registration (10/02/2009)

The Florida EMSC Program and the Emergency Medicine & Learning Center are providing free webinar registration scholarships for EMSC program staff (one per state) and national/federal partners to participate in its Premier Pediatric EMS Conference. The conference, which is being presented as a live course for people to attend onsite or as an online webinar, is scheduled to take place 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST on November 17. Continuing education credits will be offered to those that complete the evaluation form regarding the conference.

AAP/ACEP Release Revised Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department (9/21/2009)

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the AAP/American College of Emergency Physicians/Emergency Nurses Association joint policy statement Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department. Endorsed by 22 other national organizations, including many EMSC Partnership for Children Stakeholder group members, this statement offers recommendations for essential equipment, medications, personnel training, and key policies necessary for optimal pediatric emergency care. It also offers recommendations that should promote improved hospital readiness for children in disasters. Most children with emergency medical conditions or traumatic injuries are seen in community hospitals; therefore, all hospital emergency departments must be ready to care for children of all ages and in any situation. The high rates of novel H1N1 influenza expected this fall and winter makes preparedness even more essential.

South Dakota EMSC Partners with School District on $250,000 Safety Grant(9/18/2009)

The South Dakota EMSC program is partnering with the Sioux Falls School District on South Dakota’s first Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education. EMSC will provide first aid and triage training for staff and teachers, as well as work with the District to ensure staff members know how to respond to any natural or man-made emergency. For more information, contact Amy Marsh, EMSC program coordinator.

PECARN Study Identifies Which Children Do Not Need CT Scans After Head Trauma (9/14/2009)

A substantial percentage of children who get computed tomography (CT) scans after head trauma do not need them, and as a result are put at increased risk of cancer due to radiation exposure. After analyzing more than 42,000 children with head trauma, a national research team led by two UC Davis emergency medicine physicians has developed guidelines for doctors who care for children with head trauma. Their findings appear in today's issue of The Lancet.

Researchers found that one in five children older than age two and nearly one-quarter of those younger than two who received CT scans following a head trauma did not need the scan because they were at very low risk of having serious brain injuries. In these low-risk children, the risk of developing cancer due to radiation exposure outweighed the risk of serious brain injury.

For years, studies have suggested that CT scans were being overused to rule out traumatic brain injuries. However, those studies were considered too small to be applicable to the general population. The current study, which was conducted through the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), enabled researchers to study large numbers of children, in a variety of settings, and from diverse populations through the network’s 25 participating hospitals. Combined, PECARN hospitals see nearly 1 million children per year.

Illinois EMSC Develops Ventilator Guidelines for Pediatric Patients (9/04/2009)

The Illinois EMSC has developed the report Instructional Guidelines for Use of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Ventilators in the Pediatric Patient and companion Quick-Set-Up tool  to provide clinicians with a pediatric resource for Just-in-Time training.  

A surge of pediatric patients in a pandemic may result in children requiring respiratory support in hospitals and alternate care sites that are not used to routinely caring for children on ventilators. This document outlines use of the SNS ventilators in children, reviews pediatric ventilator settings and troubleshooting steps, and includes self-study scenarios. This project was funded through an ASPR grant.

Utah EMSC Promotes Pediatric Off-line Protocol Guidelines and Trains EMS Providers (9/04/2009)

The Utah EMSC Program has developed an eye-catching fact sheet to share their survey findings related to the lack of off-line pediatric medical direction in Utah. The fact sheet also promotes their new pediatric off-line protocol guidelines, upcoming protocol training opportunities, and the website to download the new pediatric protocols. This flyer was created using principles learned at the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center workshop on disseminating your findings. For more information, contact Kristin Gurley, EMSC Program Manager, at KGurley@utah.gov.

HRSA Provides H1N1 Guidance for Grantees (8/21/2009)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created the document “H1N1 Guidance for HRSA Grantees” in response to the upcoming flu season. It provides voluntary guidance and is intended primarily for HRSA funded, direct service grantees, sub grantees and contractors. HRSA is releasing this information to help HRSA–funded programs plan how to best protect their workforce and serve their communities.

TN EMSC to Sponsor Meeting on Acute and Emergency Care(8/21/2009)

The Tennessee EMSC will be one of the sponsors for the Eighth Annual Acute and Emergency Care Conference, October 23-24, 2009, in Chattanooga, TN. The conference will focus on practical clinical information on emergent pediatric issues. It is designed for pediatricians, nurses, prehospital providers, and other health care professionals that would like to improve their knowledge of pediatric care in acute and emergency settings.

IL EMSC's Facility Recognition Program May Serve As Model to Meet HRSA Performance Measure (8/14/2009)

A new article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, titled “A Statewide Model Program to Improve Emergency Department Readiness for Pediatric Care,” reviews the Illinois EMSC's facility recognition program that may serve as a model to meet one of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) performance measures for federal EMSC Program grantees. The article examines Illinois’s three-tier process for implementing the measure by incorporating the more stringent requirements over time. It also reveals that the success of the facility recognition program involves the commitment of stakeholders, state organizations, and agencies, as well as the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

EMSC NRC Seeks to Hire Special Consultants (8/03/2009)

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) is seeking to hire a group of 6-8 special consultants for work on the next generation of performance measures for State Partnership grantees. Applicants must demonstrate expertise with emergency medical services (EMS) systems and pediatric care needs. For further details about the position, qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please email Tiffani Johnson, MD, NRC program coordinator. POSITIONS FILLED.

NRC Medical Director Meets with President Obama for Roundtable Discussion on Health Reform (7/20/2009)

On Monday, President Obama met with pediatric leaders from Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC – including Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, medical director for the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) – to discuss the unique needs of children and the challenges of ensuring quality healthcare for all children.

In the closed-door meeting, President Obama listened to the concerns of Dr. Wright and a handful of other CNMC physicians, nurses, and physician assistants representing the entire continuum of care. Topics discussed ranged from improving access to care to the unique challenges of employing new technologies, such as electronic medical records, in a pediatric setting. Additional information about the roundtable discussion is available.

In addition to his work at the NRC, Dr. Wright is the senior vice president of CNMC’s Child Health Advocacy Institute. Children’s has a long-standing history of advocating for children in the Washington, DC, region and around the nation. More than 30 years ago, Children’s established the nation’s first hospital-based office focused exclusively on child health advocacy.

News of President Obama’s visit with CNMC, including video footage of a follow-up presidential news conference, is featured on the websites of many national news gathering organizations, including CNN.comNYTimes.com, and LAtimes.com.

USA Today Article Features TI Grantee (7/17/2009)

The July 12 edition of USA Today featured the article “Your Health: Being Open Can Be Critical to Help Injured Children Heal.” The article features the work of EMSC Targeted Issue Grantees Nancy Kassam-Adams and Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, and their recently completed project “Evidence-based Secondary Prevention of Traumatic Stress: Practical Tools to Help Parents Help Their Children. ” The article examines how to help children emotionally recover after they have sustained injuries, and describes resources -- such as Dr. Winston's website AftertheInjury.org -- which are designed to provide healthcare professionals an alternative way to communicate to parents who, at the time of injury, may not be able to absorb all that there is to know.

NRC Partners with GW School of Public Health to Publish an EMTALA Issue Brief on Hospital Inpatients (6/30/2009)

In partnership with the The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy, the EMSC National Resource Center this week published the Issue Brief “The Application of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to Hospital Inpatients.” The issue brief provides a brief overview of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and focuses on its application to hospital inpatients. Specifically, it analyzes the law, as well as a series of relevant court decisions, for their application to hospital inpatients in emergency transfer situations.

2009 National EMSC Heroes Awards Honors Remarkable Individuals, Families, and Programs (6/12/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 EMSC National Heroes Awards:

  • Michael Shannon, MD, MPH, MA: EMSC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mike Beebe: EMSC Policy Leader of Distinction
  • Kristin Gurley: EMSC Project Coordinator/ Manager of Distinction Award
  • Wayne, Peggy, and Matt Hackett: EMSC Family Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Michael Carr, MD: EMSC Advisory Board Member Award
  • Mountain Plains Health Consortium: 2009 EMSC Provider Leadership Award
  • Frank Moler, MD: Outstanding EMSC Research Project

Congratulations to all of our winners! An informational sheet with photos is available for download.

NRC Presents Awards to Distinguished Policy Makers at 2009 EMSC Annual Program Meeting (6/12/2009)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EMSC Program, the EMSC National Resource Center and Children’s National Medical Center presented the EMSC Champion for Children Award to seven distinguished policymakers. This award was designed to recognize federal leadership in improving the healthcare outcomes of children involved in medical emergencies. The awardees’ have worked tirelessly to establish and maintain EMSC Program activities through federal authorization and appropriations.

The awardees are:

  • The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye
  • The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch
  • The Honorable Lowell Weicker, Jr.
  • The Honorable Jim Matheson
  • The Honorable Peter T. King
  • The Honorable Dave Reichert
  • The Honorable C.W. Bill Young

EMSResponder.com Interviews FAN Representative for EMSC Day (6/07/2009)

On EMSC Day 2009, EMSReponder.com posted a podcast interview with Melanie Jarreau, chair of the Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Council for EMSC and an EMSC family representative. Melanie shared the story of her daughter whose death as an infant inspired her to lobby for improvements in emergency pediatric care in Louisiana, contributing to the passage of a Louisiana Emergency Response Network addressing time-sensitive injuries.

During the podcast, Melanie appeals to responders to always remain fully trained and fully equipped for pediatric emergencies. The podcast is located on EMS Responder.com the official site for EMS Magazine.

EMSC Annual Program Meeting to Feature New Recommended Equipment for BLS/ALS Ambulances (5/21/2009)

On June 11, of the EMSC Annual Program Meeting, the pediatric equipment roundtable, “Toys for Techs,” will be held in the downstairs foyer of the Hilton Hotel. The roundtable will showcase pediatric equipment from the newly revised ACS, ACEP, AAP, and NAEMSP list for BLS and ALS ambulances. In addition, an interfacility ambulance from Children's National Medical Center and an advanced 911 ambulance from Alexandria, VA, will be available outside of the hotel until 9:30 a.m. for grantees to visit.

Fellow State EMSC Program Managers Bob Heath, Marie Renzi, Cynthiana Lightfoot, and Sarah House will be available at the roundtables to answer questions and demonstrate how the equipment is used. Also, two members of the equipment list revision committee, Katrina Altenhofen and Tom Taylor, will be available to answer questions about the equipment selection process. This session is a wonderful opportunity for grantees to not only see and touch the equipment that makes up performance measure 66b, but contrast the differences between the two ambulances.

The EMSC Program would like to thank the City of Alexandria Fire Department and Children's National Medical Center for volunteering their ambulances to enhance the pediatric equipment roundtable session.

Mayoral Proclamation Recognizes EMSC Day (5/15/2009)

Adrian Fenty, mayor of Washington, DC, has issued a proclamation officially designating Wednesday, May 20, 2009, as EMSC Day. The proclamation describes the EMSC Program and the variety of individuals and community members that work with the Program at the local, state, and national levels.

President Releases FY 2010 Budget (5/08/2009)

On Thursday, May 7, the President released additional details on the administration’s fiscal year 2010 budget, which recommends that the EMSC Program receive $20 million in funding for the upcoming fiscal year (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010).

The release of the administration's budget is one of several steps in the annual federal budget and appropriations process. The administration's budget is a non-binding proposal containing detailed funding recommendations for federal agencies and programs for the fiscal year. Although the President submits the budget to Congress for its consideration, the budget is not a bill and does not become law.

Next, Congress begins the appropriations process, providing funding for federal agencies and programs for the fiscal year. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate pass their own respective versions of each appropriations bill, including the bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which contains funding for the EMSC Program. If the House and Senate have passed different versions of the bill, each chamber appoints members to a conference committee. The conference committee works out the differences between the two versions of the bill, and the House of Representatives and the Senate vote on the compromise bill. The final version of the bill is sent to the President for his signature.

For questions or additional information, contact Karen Belli of the EMSC National Resource Center.

NRC to Host EMSC Day Event; What Is Your State Planning? (5/08/2009)

In honor of EMSC Day 2009, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is hosting a celebratory event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, in the main atrium of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Activities designed for children will include: coloring the EMSC bear, temporary tattoos, and mural painting. A formal declaration of EMSC Day by a local public official will be held, car safety seat technicians will be on hand, and various speakers will be present to address common safety concerns. Each participant is eligible to receive some great giveaways. In addition, a raffle will be conducted for box seat tickets to an upcoming Nationals baseball game.

What is your state doing to celebrate EMSC Day 2009? For ideas about fun activities, download a copy of this year’s EMSC Day promotional kit.

NRC and ATS Release National Trauma Month Materials (5/01/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) partnered with the American Trauma Society (ATS) to develop and distribute materials for National Trauma Month 2009. Celebrated annually during the month of May, this year’s campaign is designed to increase awareness of underage drinking and the negative consequences associated with it. Kits with educational tools are available through the American Trauma Society and as a downloadable zip file from the NRC website. The kit contains:

  • Posters to display
  • A tri-fold brochure with information for parents
  • Press releases to use in the community
  • An alcohol activity sheet for children
  • A copy of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action

NEDARC Releases PM Fact Sheet Templates (4/24/2009)

The National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) has posted on its website the 2007-08 National Fact Sheet templates for performance measures (PM) 66a, 66b, 66d, and 66e along with the recorded webinar showing grantees how to use the fact sheets. The fact sheets were released as a way to communicate States'/Territories' performance measure data to appropriate target audiences. The fact sheets are "editable" PDF files to allow States/Territories the ability to customize the fact sheets using their own data.

California EMSC Program Announces Annual Conference (4/17/2009)

The California EMSC program will host its 12th Annual EMSC Conference on Thursday, November 12, 2009, in Sacramento, CA. This year’s conference will focus on vital children’s issues and new trends in emergency medicine. For further information, visit their website after May 15, 2009.

NRC Issues Call for Posters for 2009 Annual EMSC Program Meeting (4/03/2009)

The EMSC Program is hosting a poster session during this year’s Annual Meeting. To make this successful, grantee participation is needed. All grantees are encouraged to submit a poster to highlight their grant project or state activities. This year’s poster session will take place Thursday, June 11 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. For more information, contact Anita Patel at 202-476-6857 or at apatel@childrensnational.org.

EMSC Releases Updated List of Recommended Pediatric Equipment for BLS and ALS Ambulances (3/27/2009)

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of Physicians, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Partnership for Children Stakeholder Group collaborated to revise the recommended equipment list for ambulances in the United States and Canada. This revised document, now available for download, will be used as the standard for EMSC performance measure 66b: Evaluating the availability of essential pediatric equipment and supplies for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support patient care units.

EMSC Targeted Issue Grant Establishes New Injury Prevention Website; Webcast to Highlight Work of Grant (3/20/2009)

An EMSC Targeted Issue grant awarded to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has resulted in the creation of the website AfterTheInjury.org. According to Principal Investigator Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, the site is designed to help parents learn what to expect and what they can do to help their child recover from an injury. The site provides practical guidance and tools, videos, quick tips, and links to additional resources. This easily accessible online parent resource provides healthcare professions an alternative way to communicate to parents who, at the time of injury, may not be able to absorb all that there is to know.

The EMSC Program will host a webcast on March 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) to introduce healthcare providers to AfterTheInjury.org. Registration is available online. Each audience member requires prior online registration.

EMSC Federal Legislative Update (March) (3/13/2009)

On Tuesday, March 10, the Senate approved HR 1105, the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act by a voice vote; the President signed the measure into law on Wednesday, March 11. The bill contains $20 million for the EMSC Program for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2009; this is $546 thousand more than the previous fiscal year level of $19.454 million. You may recall that the House of Representatives approved HR 1105 on Wednesday, February 25.For questions regarding this legislative update, please contact the EMSC National Resource Center at 202-476-4927 or Karen Belli

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is pleased to announce the creation of a special 25th EMSC anniversary logo. Grantees are encouraged to use the logo on all promotional materials, including websites.

The logo is available in two formats: an Adobe Illustrator (AI) file and a jpeg file. (To download either file to your desktop, "right-click" on your mouse.) The AI file can only be opened with the Illustrator application. Grantees that have access to this application can alter the logo to meet local needs. For example, most states would prefer to remove the words "EMSC National Resource Center" and add their state name. The AI file is created in layers allowing a designer to make this change without much difficulty.

The jpeg file can be opened from within any application, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. However, localizing the logo within these applications will be very challenging. Another option for states is to have the NRC modify the logo on their behalf. The NRC can't modify the design of the logo, but will be happy to insert a state's name in place of the words "EMSC National Resource Center." For additional information or queries, please contact Suzanne Sellman, senior communications specialist for the NRC.

NRC Seeks to Hire New Director (2/27/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is seeking a director to oversee and manage the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all programs within the NRC and direct the program activities of all NRC staff. You will work with a highly-talented team of individuals and assist the NRC executive director (Tasmeen Singh Weik) with day-to-day management of the NRC and support the Federal EMSC Program officers. You must possess a Master's degree in a health-related field, 5+ years of relevant high level supervisory experience (background in emergency care would be optimal), and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in health care program management, financial management, leading projects and teams, and the ability to travel at least 30% are essential.

The NRC is part of Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC. CNMC brings together unsurpassed commitment, excellence, resources, and capabilities that can transform the lives and health of children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. We embrace healing a child’s body, mind and spirit, and fulfilling the hopes and dreams of countless families that depend on us. Our vision is to transform children’s health and define a new era of pediatric medicine. Come join us and transform your perception of an exceptional career experience. To apply for the NRC director position, access the careers section of the CNMC website.

EMSC Federal Legislative Update (February) (2/27/2009)

On Wednesday, February 25, the House of Representatives approved HR 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act by a vote of 245-178. The bill contains $20 million for the EMSC Program for the remainder of the fiscal year, from March 7 to September 30, 2009; this is $546 thousand more than the previous fiscal year level of $19.454 million. The Senate is expected to consider the measure next week. On Thursday, February 26, President Obama released the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget outline. As this is an outline and not a full spending plan, it does not recommend funding levels for federal agencies or programs, including the EMSC Program. The President is expected to release the complete budget, including recommended funding levels for federal agencies and programs, by mid-to-late April. Information on the President’s proposed funding for the EMSC Program will be shared at that time.

New Disaster Preparedness Product Posted to NRC Website (2/13/2009)

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness: A Resource for Planning, Management and Provision of Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care is now available as a downloadable PDF file through the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) website. This resource, developed by the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine on behalf of the EMSC National Resource Center, focuses on the practical and essential elements of pediatric prehospital emergency care in EMS system planning for disasters and terrorism. It is designed for use by EMS agency and system medical directors and administrators, emergency managers, and any other key stakeholders who will be concerned with the functions and activities of EMS care providers during a disaster, terror event, or other public health emergency.

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Annals of Emergency Medicine Accepts Illinois EMSC Article for Publication (2/6/2009)

The Illinois EMSC Program’s article, "A Statewide Model Program to Improve Emergency Department Readiness for Pediatric Care," was accepted for publication in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. This article describes the implementation of the Illinois facility recognition process and how the program adhered to the Health Resources and Services Administration performance measures. The article appears online in the "Articles for Press" section of the Annals of Emergency Medicine’s website. The printed version will be released in a "yet to be determine" issue of the journal.

EMSC Federal Legislative Update (January) (1/22/2009)

The 110th Congress, which lasted from 2007 to 2008, adjourned in December 2008. When a Congress adjourns, all bills not enacted into law must be reintroduced in the next Congress to receive consideration. Last week, after the beginning of the 111th Congress, the Wakefield Act, HR 479, was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT). Congressman Matheson also introduced the Wakefield Act in the 110th Congress as HR 2464.

The bill has four cosponsors: Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Peter King (R-NY), and David Reichert (R-WA). HR 479, which was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, reauthorizes the EMSC Program for five years, Fiscal Year 2010 through Fiscal Year 2014. The Senate has yet to reintroduce its version of the Wakefield Act.

For more information, read the text of HR 479 or read summary and status information for HR 479. For questions regarding this legislative update, contact Karen Belli of the EMSC National Resource Center at kbelli@childrensnational.org.

National Heroes Award Nominations Now Being Accepted (1/15/2009)

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2009 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 3, 2009. Winners will be announced at the 2009 Annual EMSC Program Meeting in June. Note that one person can make multiple nominations, and that the selection process for each awardee has changed. Copies of the brochure/nomination form are available through the NRC website.

NRC Releases 2009 EMSC Town Hall Conference Call Schedule (1/15/2009)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) will host Town Hall Quarterly Conference Calls from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on April 21, July 21, and September 29, 2009 and on January 5, 2010.

The purpose of the Town Hall calls is to provide state and territory grantees an opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, and voice observations in an open-ended forum with the NRC technical assistance team.

To participate in the calls, dial the toll-free number (877) 355-6338. Local callers should dial (202) 476-6338. When prompt to do so, enter Meeting ID# EMSC (3672). For more information, access the “For Grantees” webpage on the EMSC NRC website.

Newsletter Highlights Florida’s EMSC Program (1/08/2009)

The Florida EMSC Program recently published their newsletter describing its 2008 program accomplishments. Among the achievements were:

  • providing 1,000 Public, Information, Education and Relations CD’s to various organizations and agencies;
  • conducting two surveys on pediatric medical direction protocols and interfacility transfer guidelines and agreements for pediatric patients; and
  • providing pediatric medical supplies.
This year, the EMSC program intends to supply pediatric equipment and education opportunities to prehospital and hospital providers throughout Florida. In addition, Florida will host its third annual symposium and various educational programs for prehospital and hospital professionals to enhance their skills. Back to top