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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Online Training
Offers no cost online disaster preparedness training for rural first responders. All courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and some courses may require prerequisites.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
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Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model
Provides information on a CMS model that permits ambulance care teams to use alternate models of emergency healthcare, such as telehealth treatment and transport to alternative destinations, to improve quality and lower costs of care. Rural Medicare-enrolled suppliers or hospital-based ambulance providers without current medical dispatch and/or telehealth are eligible to participate.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop community paramedicine programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Idaho Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
A bureau within the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare offering information for EMS providers including resources on license applications, EMS rules and regulations, requirements for agency licensure and renewal, agency contacts and grant resources. Provides a discussion of the Idaho Community Health EMS (CHEMS) model and lists certification programs appropriate for CHEMS paramedics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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Case Study: Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
Shares how leaders of Community Hospital in rural McCook, Nebraska reached their goal of reducing ambulance transports, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions by partnering with community organizations to create the McCook Community Paramedicine program. Focuses on program's approach, key steps, lessons learned, and results.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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PubMed Search: Community Paramedicine
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of community paramedicine in the U.S.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Community Paramedicine Topic Guide
Provides information, resources, and answers frequently asked questions related to community paramedicine. Covers benefits and challenges community paramedicine programs in rural communities, defines the role of community paramedics, discusses education and licensure requirements requirements for community paramedic providers, and program funding. Includes community paramedicine models and existing program examples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Paramedicine Insights Forum
Serves as a forum, educational opportunity, and discussion group for those trying to establish community paramedicine services or systems on a local, regional, or statewide basis. Includes monthly webinar calls consisting of presentations and Q&A sessions based on experiences and lessons learned from others wishing to establish a community paramedicine program.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)
Monthly journal providing information and resources for emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical service (EMS) administrators, fire rescuers, public safety officials, and law enforcement officers. Includes articles on rural EMS issues.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
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Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response
Provides free, online cultural and linguistic competency education designed for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers responding in disaster situations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
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