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Resources by Topic: Community paramedics

Implementing and Sustaining Rural Community Paramedicine
Incorporates proceedings from the February 21-22, 2021 Rural Community Paramedicine (CP) Summit, and key strategies for implementing and sustaining CP in rural communities. Contains resources, information on established CP programs, and information about how state Flex Programs can support rural CP efforts. Describes experiences of established CP providers so that rural ambulance providers and hospitals might be better prepared as they consider similar initiatives in their own communities.
Additional links: Webinar
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Community Paramedicine Impact Reference Guide
Spreadsheet identifying journal articles that describe the impact of community paramedicine (CP) programs. Includes the article citation, a brief abstract, program services and impacts, and the country where it was implemented. Covers CP program impacts for patients, healthcare systems, healthcare providers, payers, and other stakeholders.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Paramedic Foundation
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Emergency Medical Services Personnel as Vaccinators: Status by State
Information from all states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and American Samoa, showing scope of practice by level of licensure for paramedics, advanced-emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other intermediate levels. Features maps with shadings showing whether vaccination administration is always allowed, currently or temporarily allowed, never allowed, or under consideration for administrative or executive action. Information is current as of March 4, 2021.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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Introducing the Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
Webinar recording presents the Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit. Discusses benefits, lessons learned, and provides an overview of the community paramedicine model for rural communities. Features presentations from representatives of NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the William Bee Ririe Hospital, the Queen Anne's County Department of Health, the United Ambulance Service/United Training Center, and the United Ambulance Service.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout
Date: 09/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Innovative Health Care Provider Roles
Discusses healthcare provider types that might have the potential to benefit rural communities including community health workers, community paramedics, patient advocates, health coaches, and dental therapists.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Template for Emergency Medical Services Informed Community Self Determination (ICSD)
Includes an agency pre-visit checklist, a sample Program Agreement, and evaluation tools to help outside evaluators report on issues that might affect a community's EMS performance and level of care. Intended for rural, relatively isolated areas with few EMS resource options.
Author(s): Kevin McGinnis, Gary Wingrove
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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Update of Evaluation of California's Community Paramedicine Pilot Program
Updates the evaluation of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority pilot community paramedicine program, which began in 2014 to test 7 community paramedicine concepts and has involved 14 communities, including rural Butte county. Provides an overview of the projects, summarizes how the community paramedics were trained, reports on the patients served and program effectiveness, and discusses potential savings for Medi-Cal and Medicare.
Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Lisel Blash, Ginachukwu Amah
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Healthforce Center at UCSF, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
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Minnesota's Community Paramedic Workforce, 2017
Provides an overview of Minnesota's 2017 community paramedic workforce. Presents information on demographics, employment and experience, education, and geographic distribution by region.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Rural First Responder Access to Mental Health Care: A National Crisis
Explores mental health challenges experienced by first responders and increased risk of suicide. Describes barriers to accessing adequate mental healthcare within the scope of their employment, especially in rural areas where services remain limited and stigma may be associated with the need for assistance.
Author(s): Jeffrey Hintz, Carrie Hintz
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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Idaho Community Paramedic Toolkit
Toolkit providing step-by-step instructions on how to develop, operate, and evaluate a Community Paramedic program. Includes tools, resources, guidelines, and recommendations.
Author(s): Anne Montera, Christopher Montera, Pat Songer, Mikaela Greene
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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