Summarizing #EMSCJourney2019

The 2019 EMSC All Grantee Meeting in Arlington, VA covered a broad range of topics, touching on work performed by all the EMSC programs and partners: Targeted Issues (TI), Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC), State Partnership (SP) and the Family Advisory Network (FAN). Staff from the Data Coordinating Center (DCC), National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), and Atlas and Deloitte partners were in attendance, along with staff from the EIIC. The conference format allowed grantees to highlight the successes and challenges of their work to the over 220 attendees. Sessions ranged from breakouts on the EMSC initiative on mental health access in rural areas, the Critical Crossroads project, a quickshot on Key Study Highlights from PECARN, and a plenary on Value Based Care. A highlight of the conference was the EMSC Journey Retrospective, led by Erin Reiney, commemorating 35 years of the EMSC program.

Theresa “Tee” Morrison-Quinata provided welcoming remarks with highlights from federal partners, with Dr. Sara Kinsman opening the conference, providing insight into how the EMSC program personally affected her work as a pediatrician in Philadelphia, and her great pleasure and privilege to be leading the program now.

The conference had representation from every PECARN node, SPROC and TI grantee. In addition, despite some of the challenges many states are facing in placing personnel into their State Partnership programs, there were representatives from 47 states and all the US territories. This year a poster reception was hosted in the Commonwealth Hallway at the

Crystal City Hilton. A total of 16 posters were displayed, with the poster authors using the informal reception venue as a platform to present their poster findings and answer reception attendees’ questions.

New this year a Social Media Team sponsored an EMSC Journey over the course of the conference, with clues provided throughout each day of the conference and prizes awarded to those who solved the clue and posted to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. There were some serious competitors!

For those of you who may not have been able to attend the conference in person, you can find all the presentations and posters on the EIIC website.


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