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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Trauma Training Initiative Teaches Rural Laypeople how to “Stop the Bleed”
Features the Stop the Bleed initiative, which trains community members to help control blood loss while waiting for medical help. Highlights training provided in rural North Dakota and Nebraska.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Health Needs Assessments: Resources for Community Paramedicine & Mobile Integrated Healthcare
Provides information for emergency medical service (EMS) agencies exploring community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare (CP-MIH). Includes resources to match CP-MIH services with targeted community health needs and covers rural CP-MIH program examples.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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Community Paramedicine Rural Health Chat
Summary of a July 2018 Twitter chat focused on community paramedicine. Documents a conversation among rural health experts discussing how the community paramedicine model can benefit rural areas, challenges and barriers to starting a community paramedicine program, and examples of successful programs.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Ten Strategies for Improving Health Care: Report from NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems
Reviews state policy healthcare innovations, including those focused on rural healthcare issues. Covers what states have done to address rural hospital closures and health workforce shortages. Highlights value-based payment for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania, a pilot rural hospital hub and spoke model in Georgia, and community paramedic certification in Minnesota.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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ThedaCare: Leveraging Community Paramedics To Bridge Persistent Gaps in Care
Describes ThedaCare, a 2016 participant in the Transforming Complex Care initiative from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), a community paramedic (CP) program that works to extend the reach of clinic serves to medically and socially complex patients in Northeastern Wisconsin. Discusses program goals, steps to establishing the CP program, and sustainability.
Author(s): Naomi Freundlich
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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EMS Services in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy brief describing challenges for rural EMS providers, including workforce shortages and inconsistent funding. Features statistics including percentage of potentially excess deaths for 5 leading causes of death, with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and average EMS call time response and distribution of all-volunteer and all-paid staff EMS agencies, with breakdowns by 4 levels of population density. Discusses effects of the opioid crisis and Critical Access Hospital closures on provision of EMS services.
Author(s): Nikki King, Marcus Pigman, Sarah Huling, Brian Hanson
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Emergency Medical and Fire Services Volunteering: Tom Smith
A video describing the benefits of working as an emergency paramedic in a rural location. Includes a testimonial from a paramedic provider working in rural Washington. Length: 4:55
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
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The Status of the Healthcare Workforce in the State of Nebraska
Provides an overview of the healthcare workforce in Nebraska and reports county-level data. Includes statistics and information on physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, dental professionals, pharmacy professionals, emergency medical technicians, other allied health professionals, and other non-physician clinicians. Covers the demographic profile of the state and the designated Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Nebraska.
Author(s): Fernando A. Wilson, Nizar K. Wehbi, Jamie Larson, et al.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Nebraska Area Health Education Centers, University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma
Reports on rural emergency medical services (EMS) workforce challenges and identifies innovative approaches to meet these challenges, highlighting programs in several states. Includes a list of 4 EMS recruitment and retention tactics for rural communities.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Emergency Medical & Fire Services: Volunteering
A video describing the benefits of working as a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter in a rural location, including testimonials from individuals working in rural Washington. Length: 4:50
Date: 08/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
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