Program Mission: Integrate, expand and improve pediatric emergency care within state or territory EMS systems
The overall mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is to reduce the prevalence of pediatric morbidity and mortality that may occur as a result of acute illness and severe injury. The State Partnership (SP) program works to institutionalize pediatric-centered healthcare programs within States, and promote the value and importance of integration. Integrating the pediatric population's emergency healthcare needs and resources will improve the process, access, and delivery of the EMS system to respond, provide intervention, and transport to the most appropriate healthcare facility; and the pediatric-readiness of health institutions to medically manage and adequately treat children in emergency situations.
To participate in the SP program, states submit grant proposals. Grant applications are classified as New/ Competing or Non-competing. Special care is taken to include children with special health needs, culturally distinct populations and historically underrepresented groups, including the U.S. Territories, the Freely Associated States, and American Indian/Native Americans.
Grantees are guided by Standards of Achievement which are based on the EMSC Performance Measures. These Performance Measures establish a framework for the program activities and are the primary goals, objectives and priorities of the EMSC State Partnership Program.
The majority of SP programs are based in state EMS offices. However a small number of SP programs are housed within an accredited school of medicine.
Program Director/Principal Investigator
This individual is designated to oversee the grant. They may not involved in the day-to-day operations of the program but instead provides executive oversight, ensuring the program is operating effectively and in accordance with grant requirements.
The primary role of the Program Manager is to coordinate and manage all aspects of the EMSC grant from illness and injury prevention to bystander care, dispatch, prehospital EMS, definitive hospital care, rehabilitation, and return to community. Although it is preferred that this is a full-time dedicated position, it can also be a shared or part-time position.
The PECC is a physician and/or nurse located within an emergency department (ED) who along with serving as a liaison to definitive care hospitals--such as regional pediatric referral hospitals, trauma centers, EMS agencies and primary care providers--is responsible for the medical and skills education of ED personnel, ensuring the ED is stocked with pediatric-specific supplies and facilitating quality improvement projects.
In 1999, the EMSC Program created the Family Advisory Network (FAN) to facilitate the inclusion of family representatives in state EMSC programs. Today, the FAN membership includes family representatives from most states and U.S. territories.