EMSC National Resource Center Services


The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) works to promote EMS and trauma system development at local, state, regional, and national levels to adequately prepare for the care of children.  Specifically, the EMSC NRC provides consultation support to nearly 100 EMSC grantees across four distinct funding categories: State Partnerships (SP), State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC), Targeted Issues (TI), and Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP).  The EMSC NRC also works to facilitate effective transfer of knowledge among all relevant constituents and stakeholders including state EMSC program managers, EMS directors, health care providers, clinical researchers, family representatives, as well as federal partners and national and professional organizations.

The EMSC NRC:

  • Provides Consultation and Resource Development Support to EMSC Program Grantees. The EMSC NRC provides assistance to EMSC grantees in the following focused areas: (1) identification of resources and model programs, (2) development of interfacility transfer guidelines/agreements and facility designation, (3) development of legislation and regulation, and (4) design and production of products and resources.  

  • Maintains Partnerships with National and Professional Organizations. The EMSC NRC currently works with more than 20 national and professional organizations to identify and address the key issues affecting EMSC, including, but not limited to: managed care, disaster preparedness, children with special health care needs, mental health, family-centered care, and cultural diversity. The Center develops national task forces and publishes comprehensive reports drawing attention to many of these critical issues.

  • Collaborates with Federal Organizations.  In keeping with the EMSC Program’s commitment to research, the EMSC NRC collaborates with numerous federal agencies (known collectively as the Interagency Committee on EMSC Research) to improve the quality and quantity of EMSC research, to foster collaboration between federal agencies in highlighting EMSC research topics during development of research agendas, and to reduce barriers to the production of high-quality EMSC research. The EMSC NRC also collaborates with PECARN, the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States. In addition, the EMSC NRC works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Indian Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on many research and non-research activities, as needed.

  • Serves as an Informational Clearinghouse.  The EMSC NRC maintains a comprehensive database of EMSC publications and products that have been created using federal funds. Most of these products are available, free of charge, as downloadable documents from the Publications and Resources section. Others are available by contacting the NRC resource specialist. The EMSC NRC also publishes toolboxes, a collection of information and resources on a specific topic currently of interest to the EMSC community, and distributes two electronic newsletters: EMSC QuickNews, a weekly online newsletter of national, state, and local program news and activities and Health Policy News, a monthly report that includes federal and state policy-related news items on emergency care and readiness, child and adolescent health, and public health prevention efforts, among other current and emerging topics.

  • Plans the EMSC Program Meeting/Program Managers Meeting. Each year, the EMSC Program holds a meeting in late Spring/early Summer. On even years, the meeting involves all EMSC grant types: Targeted Issue, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, State Partnership, and State Partnership Regionalization of Care. On odd years, the meeting focuses on the latter two grant types. 

  • Supports Federal EMSC Program Staff.  The EMSC NRC is often assigned special projects to assist federal staff in the management and evaluation of overall EMSC Program goals and activities. In the past, these have included: developing performance measures that are specific to the EMSC Program; creating reports for national distribution (e.g., the 10-year retrospective report, the 20-year report, the five-year plan, and the three-year strategic plan); organizing webcasts through mchcom.com; and assembling “how-to” guides to assist grantees with specific project tasks, such as establishing effective leadership within the state.

  • Oversees the EMSC Family Advisory Network.  The EMSC Family Advisory Network (FAN) is an alliance of family representatives who support state EMSC program staff by sharing their expertise and life experiences as consumers of the EMS system.