Co-Founder California Paramedic Foundation San Diego, California
Over the last decade, the rise of community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare programs has reinvigorated efforts to involve EMS in injury prevention programs. Along with a growing recognition that preventing injury and illness reduces costs and improves health, the EMS profession has adopted a more proactive stance toward caring for communities. But injury prevention is not solely the domain of community paramedics or large EMS systems—and to achieve the people-centered vision described by EMS Agenda 2050, it is time for all EMS organizations to focus on keeping patients safe and healthy before the emergency, not just after. Two decades ago, the drowning of a toddler inspired paramedics to create EPIC Medics and assume community leadership in injury prevention. In addition, they have presented the Nicholas Rosecrans Award annually to an EMS agency that demonstrates a commitment to population wellness and injury prevention. In this session, you’ll hear from the winners of this year’s award, including how they implemented their program and the lessons learned along the way. You’ll also hear updates about previous years’ winners and engage in a discussion on the integration of EMS and public health in the community.
1. Describe some of the challenges associated with implementing prevention programs in EMS agencies
2. Understand the importance of data and evidence in shaping and evaluating injury and illness prevention programs
3. Understand the keys to successfully implementing prevention programs in your community