A Special Announcement from HRSA's Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health

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From the desk of Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD

On behalf of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health (DCAFH)  within HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for your service and dedication to improving the quality and delivery of emergency care for children all across the United States.  This year marks the 35th anniversary of the EMS for Children Program.  The longevity and demonstrated successes of the program, with key landmark contributions noted in the EMSC Historical Perspective , are a testament to your hard work and commitment.

We honor and appreciate you all year round but there's a special time of year that everyone around the United States takes a pause to say thank you .  This year that time is set aside during EMS Week  May 19, 2019 to May 25, 2019; and EMS for Children Day , Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  Many thanks to the thousands of health care professionals - Emergency Medical Technicians, paramedics, nurses and physicians - who for the last 35 years have partnered with the federally-funded EMSC programs in 59 states and jurisdictions to improve the emergency medical services system for children. 

This time of year also presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients and the challenges faced by EMS professionals in meeting those needs. National EMS for Children Day provides an opportunity for national, state and local leaders to highlight specific improvements that can ensure delivery of high-quality emergency medical care that can improve health outcomes for children treated within prehospital and acute care settings. I encourage you to use this special occasion to reinvigorate conversations with families, health care providers, system administrators, and others on how best to improve care for children in your community.

I invite you to download a copy of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)/National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) 2019 EMS Week Commemorative Guide for ideas on how to celebrate EMS Week and to learn more about the great work of EMS; become a fan by joining the National EMS Week Facebook page or following the Twitter account: https://twitter.com/emsstrong. Also, catch up on the many efforts of the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Federal EMSC Program as we work in partnership with the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center , the  Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network  and the EMSC Data Coordinating Center to identify and spread optimal care for children experiencing acute trauma or critical illness.    

Thank you again for your dedication and support.

Sincerely,

Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD

Director, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Posted: May 14, 2019