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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
Webinar recording discusses the challenges and strategies in stemming the rate of substance abuse in rural communities. Introduces the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit, designed to help communities implement substance abuse programs. Presents several examples of state level programs focused on increasing access to naloxone and training for first responders to recognize and prevent overdoses.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Paramedics Team Up with Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions
Describes community paramedicine pilot projects in California, one of which is rural, that are providing follow-up calls and visits to patients between 24-72 hours after hospital discharge. Features statistics including number of patients and number of readmissions within 30 days, with breakdowns by 6 diagnoses and site.
Author(s): Karen Shore
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Community Paramedic Toolkit
A resource for ambulance services, hospitals, and others considering the development or expansion of a community paramedicine program in Minnesota. Includes program planning, education and training, financing, and models of care, among other discussions.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine’s Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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EMS Leaders Speak
Five experts discuss emergency medical services in a changing rural healthcare delivery system. Topics addressed include EMS challenges and potential opportunities, such as community paramedicine and telehealth.
Author(s): Kevin McGinnis, Diane Calmus, Don Wood, Tom Nehring, Gary Wingrove
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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National Characteristics of Emergency Medical Services in Frontier and Remote Areas
Outlines national characteristics for emergency medical services in Frontier and Remote Areas (FAR). Includes patient demographics, provider clinical impression and injuries, and procedures performed in FAR and non-FAR patients.
Author(s): Landon R. Mueller, John P. Donnelly, Karen E. Jacobson, et al.
Location: Prehospital Emergency Care, 20(2), 191-199
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Pinch Hitting
Provides an overview of the role community paramedicine can play in meeting rural healthcare needs, with examples from several states. Highlights the pros and cons of this approach, describes how it is funded, and identifies states that have taken legislative action on the issue. Article begins on page number 22.
Author(s): Michelle Ancell
Location: State Legislatures, 22-25
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Examining Community Paramedicine in Rural West Virginia
Provides an analysis of current use of community paramedicine in rural West Virginia and highlights potential for expanded use across the state.
Author(s): Kristi Valcik
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Community Paramedic Pilot Study Recommendations
This policy brief presents recommendations regarding the implementation of a Community Paramedicine Program in North Dakota. Discusses the gaps in the ND healthcare delivery system, especially in rural areas.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Dakota Center for Nursing
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Innovative Health Care Provider Roles
Discusses health care 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: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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