EIIC: Emergency Medical Services for Children | Innovation and Improvement Center

Pediatric Readiness

What Is the Role of EMSC?

The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents –- no matter where they live, attend school, or travel –- receive appropriate care in a health care emergency. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Since its establishment in 1984, the EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. 

The Role of EMSC. The National Pediatric Readiness Project not only falls within the EMSC Program’s goals, but also offers the opportunity to set the proper foundation for the delivery of emergency care to all children when they arrive at an emergency department (ED). To help implement this national initiative, the federal EMSC Program will utilize its two resource centers -- the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) and the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) -- and its State Partnership grantees.

The Role of NEDARC. NEDARC will work with states to develop accurate lists of participating EDs, host and administer the national assessment through a secure web-based system, and maintain a data warehouse of all assessment data. Additionally, NEDARC will provide EDs with immediate feedback through the Pediatric Readiness Score and an online report (gap analysis) of key areas within the assessment, as well as conduct a national analysis once data are collected for all EDs.

The Role of the EIIC. The EIIC will work with representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to develop a primary National Pediatric Readiness Project message and to create all project materials, including the Toolkit and the Pediatric Readiness website. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for storing all articles and other information related to the project.

The Role of State EMSC Grantees. National Pediatric Readiness State Teams comprised of EMSC State Partnership (SP) grantee program managers and state representatives of the AAP, ACEP, and ENA, will work with EDs in their state to answer questions regarding the assessment and to encourage its completion. SP program managers in particular are uniquely qualified to assist in this project due to their experience working with EDs and partnering with state level agencies across the state to improve the emergency care of children.