Advisory Council

Advisory Committee

Rachael Alter, BS, EMT


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Marc Auerbach MD, MSc


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, Yale University School of Medicine

John Bohls, MHA


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Ryan Brown, MD


University of Oklahoma

Wrandi Carter, MPH


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Thomas Chun, MD


Brown University

Susan Duffy, MD


Brown University

Kate Elkins, MPH, CPH, NRP, CHES


Office of Emergency Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation

Louis Gonzales, MPH, CPPS, CPHQ, LP


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Dwayne Lopes, RRT, NPS


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Marie Lozon, MD


University of Michigan

Lorah Ludwig, MA


Emergency Medical Services for Children, Health Resources and Services Administration

Charles G Macias MD, MPH


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Michelle Macy, MD, MS


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Marie Mann, MD


Division of Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Jim Marcin, MD, MPH


University of California-Davis

Katherine Remick, MD


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Meredith Rodriguez, PhD, CCRC


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

Sarah Ronis, MD, MPH


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Robert Sapien, MD, MMM


University of New Mexico

Melissa Winger


Family Advisory Network EMS for Children Program

Partner Organizations

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Jennifer McWilliams, MD, MS

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The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a 501 non-profit professional association in the United States dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Christina Boothby, MPA

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The AAP is a nonprofit, professional membership association representing more than 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. Academy members and staff are dedicated to the overall AAP mission of attaining optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Mike Gonzalez, MD

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ACEP was founded to educate and train physicians in emergency medicine to provide quality emergency care in the nation's hospitals. Today, ACEP represents more than 39,000 emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and medical students. ACEP promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians and their patients, and the public.

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Tam N. Pham, MD

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ACS is a professional organization of more than 82,000 members, including more than 6,600 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world. Founded in 1913, ACS was created to improve the quality of care delivered to surgical patients by establishing high standards in practice and safety.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Sabra Anckner, RN, MSN and Paige Bussanich, MS

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AMCHP is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, and families, including those with special health care needs.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Child Life Disaster Relief (CLDR)


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Child Life Disaster Relief is a nonprofit organization working to expand child life services into the field of disaster. The vision of CLDR is to develop a coordinated and global network to ensure that children in disasters and crises have the tools and support needed to promote positive coping and resilience. CLDR was established in response to the growing need for trained professionals to work with children in the aftermath of disasters and crises. The team also identified gaps in the services provided to children in those early years of exploration, research, and networking and set goals for beginning to meet those identified needs.

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs National Research Network (CYSHCNet)

Jeanne Van Cleave, MD

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The CYSHCNet uses a family-centered approach to improving all aspects of care for CYSHCN through research, knowledge dissemination, resource identification, and networking.They collectively serve children and youth with special health care needs across all 50 U.S. states.

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)


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The Emergency Nurses Association is the American professional organization that represents emergency nursing. Consisting of 40,000 members, ENA examines issues relevant to emergency care, publishes professional guidelines, and issues a peer-reviewed journal.

Family Voices

Beth Dworetzky

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Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families–including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve healthcare services and policies for children. Through Family-to-Family Health Information Centers in 59 states, territories, and tribal areas, Family Voices connects families of CYSHCN with critical resources to improve healthcare access and delivery.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Michael McNeely, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS, Carlos Mena, MS, and Colleen Morris, MS, RN

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The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has coordinated activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the past 30 years. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), FORHP has department-wide responsibility for analyzing the possible effects of policy on the 57 million residents of rural communities and provides grant funding at the state and local levels to improve access, quality and financing for rural health care.

Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Rachel Abbey, MPH

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ONC is the principal federal entity charged with the coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

Lorianna Jean-Jacques and Liz Kendrick

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NASEMSO is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal, and consistent EMS systems. It is comprised of state-level officials in all states, territories, and DC which are responsible for the overall planning, coordination and regulation of the EMS system within the state and are positioned to cause change locally because the state EMS oversight agency has mechanisms to promote and encourage promising practices in QI.

Telehealth Centers of Excellence

Christina Higa, PhD

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The Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COEs) focus on the efficacy of telehealth services in rural and urban areas and serve as national clearinghouses for telehealth research and resources, including technical assistance.  The COEs are located in public academic medical centers that have successful telehealth programs with high annual volume of telehealth visits and have established programs that provide telehealth services in medically underserved areas with high chronic disease prevalence and high poverty rates.