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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

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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Frontier and Remote Paramedicine Practitioner Models
Reviews paramedic service delivery models in the U.S. and other English speaking countries, focusing on models with the potential to support and improve health and well-being of frontier populations.
Author(s): Peter O'Meara, Gary Wingrove, Michael Nolan
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 18(3)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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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 services 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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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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Promising Practice: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Rallies EMS Providers in the State
Describes how EMS Day at the Wisconsin capitol brought 50 local EMS agencies and two state EMS associations together to meet with state legislators and advocate for their support and recognition of their needs. This event developed out of an effort by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WI-ORH) to design and implement an assessment tool evaluating rural ambulance services within the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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SOAR Impact Report 2018
Annual report from Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding job creation, improving quality of life, and enhancing opportunity, innovation, and identity in Appalachian Kentucky. Includes a section on the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which provides training to rural and tribal first responders in their communities across the country.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Shaping Our Appalachian Region
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