2001 National Heroes Awards Recipients


Keith Harris
2001 Outstanding EMS Provider of the Year

Keith Harris is the Regional Manager for the Office of Emergency Medical Services for Eastern North Carolina. In this position, he is responsible for regulation and enforcement of the EMS statute. He is the chief of the Goldsboro Rescue Squad and works as a volunteer paramedic, educator, and advocate for children.

Keith’s <!--[if !supportAnnotations]--> willingness to take a leading role in Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) is further demonstrated by his tireless efforts to provide direct EMS care to families, physically and emotionally, during the hurricane Floyd devastation. In addition, he provided guidance and direction for 32 counties that were hit by this hurricane.

Keith is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, and actively supported the development of the EMSC program’s State Protocols and Guidelines.

Dara Howe
2001 EMSC Parent Volunteer of the Year

Dara Howe has been a champion of children and families for many years. Year after year, she combines her dedication, compassion, tenacity, and wisdom to improve the health and well-being of children in Tennessee and all over the nation. She has been with the Tennessee EMSC Program for four years, and serves as one of the family representatives for the EMSC Coalition.

She serves on the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Care and chairs the Family-Centered Care task force. Dara Howe has been instrumental in the successful passage of EMSC legislation in Tennessee and incorporating family-centered care principles into the Pediatric Emergency Care Rules and Regulations, as well as advocating for family and patients rights. In addition, she is state coordinator for Family Voices, where she works diligently to ensure that hospital regulations incorporate effective standards for including families in the overall care of seriously ill and injured children.

American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP)
Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP)
2001 Innovation in EMSC Product Development Award

In 1995, the first Pediatric Education for Paramedics (PEP) course was created for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers. In 1998, a national steering committee, established by the AAP, restructured and expanded the course to include the most recent clinical advances and educational concepts for pre-hospital professionals. It was then renamed the Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP) Course. More than 600 professionals received training as a result of national PEPP course rollouts.

The course is comprised of many components, including case-based lectures, live action videos, hands-on skill stations, and small-group scenarios. A resource manual, tool kit CD-ROM, slide set, BLS and ALS video, and a PEPP textbook<!--[if !supportAnnotations]-->[CS2]<!--[endif]--> were developed to support the training.

Indiana District of Kiwanis, Kids for Riley
2001 EMSC Community Partnership of Excellence Award

The Indiana District of Kiwanis has supported the Indiana EMSC program and has worked to make EMSC a part of the Kiwanis Young Children Priority One (YCPO) initiative in Indiana. This is in large part due to Denny Yoder, a former governor for the Indiana District and chairman of the Kids for Riley committee.

Kiwanis members have supported EMSC in over 32 counties through the EMSC Kiwanis Pediatric Bag project, which promotes enhanced pediatric equipment and education throughout the prehospital environment.

In addition, Kiwanis has worked with EMSC and other organizations to promote injury prevention by conducting bicycle rodeos, providing volunteers at car seat clinics, and assisting with various other children’s programs throughout the state. As a result, both Iowa and Nebraska are replicating this project, and have provided needed equipment to rural and volunteer EMS services.

Katrina Altenhofen
2001 EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction

As the EMSC project coordinator for the state of Iowa and an employee of Iowa’s Bureau of EMS in the Department of Public Health, Katrina Altenhofen has successfully formed partnerships with the health professionals in hospitals, EMS agencies, and members of voluntary and community organizations.

For the past six years, Katrina has coordinated training opportunities, developed pediatric protocols, worked to ensure that pediatric issues were integrated into the state’s medical directors’ course, and built linkages with numerous state agencies.

She is a certified car safety seat inspector and instructor, and has worked with the “Farm Safety Just 4 Kids” initiative to help make the environment safer for children working on farms. In addition, she founded the Iowa Lyme Disease Association, and serves as the HIV/infectious disease coordinator for the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Claudia Hines
2001 EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction

Since 1996, Claudia Hines has been the EMSC project coordinator for the state of Minnesota. She spearheaded efforts to provide pediatric emergency training and education to hundreds of emergency care providers. In addition, she has developed a system for referring children with special health care needs to EMS agencies.

Claudia has also led efforts to integrate issues related to cultural competency in emergency care throughout the state. She is a member of the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Advisory Council, the state pediatric chairperson of the Emergency Nurses Association of Minnesota, and an instructor for the American Heart Association’s Pediatric Advance Life Support program.

Maryland EMSC Program
2001 State Achievement Award

The Maryland Office of Emergency Medical Services for Children has effectively partnered with a variety of agencies and institutions to advance pediatric emergency care and injury prevention throughout the state. Maryland EMSC has partnered with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Safe Kids, and “KISS” to foster the development of child passenger safety programs statewide. In addition, Maryland EMSC created a comprehensive program in conjunction with the Prince George’s County Schools, the Fire and EMS Department, the Montgomery County Department of Fire Rescue Services, and the Maryland Department of Education to acquaint pre-hospital providers with special needs children and the buses that transport them.

They have also worked with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to develop plans that meet the unique needs of children in disasters through the Mass Casualty Incident drills. This concept has produced significantly improved drill safety and accountability systems.

Maryland EMSC has also worked with the statewide Yellow Alert Task Force to develop contingency plans when hospital emergency departments are overloaded with patients.