The mission of the Targeted Issues Program is to support strategies to improve the quality of pediatric care delivered in emergency care settings through the implementation of pediatric emergency care research and innovative cross-cutting projects. Targeted Issues programs translate research into practice and improve pediatric health outcomes related to emergency care.
The primary type of support provided to Targeted Issues grantees is product development and dissemination. If they choose, each Targeted Issues grant can receive one-on-one consultation specific to organizing product content, identifying product target audiences and partners, designing the product, and disseminating the product. In addition, training and consultation is provided related to grants management, performance measure implementation, publication tracking, and grant results dissemination.
In 2016, the Health Resources and Administrations (HRSA), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program funded five Target Issues (TI) grants. TI grants fill the knowledge gaps in pediatric emergency care in prehospital and hospital settings by selecting projects that focus on improving the knowledge and skills of providers as well as improving the systems of pediatric emergency care.
Over the next three years, EMSC will invest $4.5 million in this area for focusing on projects in the prehospital setting and one in the emergency department. To learn more about the grants, they are summarized in a PDF to the right.
In 2013, the EMSC Program created the Targeted Issues Historical Database to track activities of the federal Targeted Issues grant program. Current and prospective grantees are encouraged to review all previous Targeted Issues projects and, when possible, build upon prior grantees' work to increase the depth and breadth of pediatric emergency care.