EMSC Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) and the Federal EMSC Program One and the Same?

The EMSC NRC and the federal EMSC Program are separate entities. The EMSC NRC is housed within Children’s National Medical Center, one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals and a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

The EMSC NRC supports the federal EMSC Program, designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency. The federal EMSC Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. To date, the federal EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and the freely associated states of Micronesia, Palau, and the Mashall Islands. In 2012, the EMSC NRC received its fifth multi-year funding award to support to the federal EMSC Program.

How do the EMSC NRC and NEDARC differ?

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), which also receives funding from the federal EMSC Program, is a sister organization to the EMSC NRC. However, NEDARC’s primary focus is on data management. Its goal is to help grantees and EMS offices develop their capabilities to collect, analyze, and utilize EMS data.

How Many EMSC Grants are Awarded Each Year?

In fiscal year 2013, the federal EMSC Program funded 58 State Partnership grants, six State Partnership Regionalization of Care grants, and 6 Targeted Issue grants. In addition, the federal program funds the EMSC Data Coordinating Center (DCC), the Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP)NEDARC, and the EMSC NRC.

What is PECARN?

The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network or PECARN is the first federally-funded multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine. Its goal is to conduct high-priority research into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth across the continuum of emergency medicine health care.

PECARN is comprised of six Research Node Centers (medical centers or academic institutions that received NDDP grant funding), 18 hospital emergency department affiliates (HEDAs), and the DCC. The PECARN HEDAs serve approximately 1.2 million acutely ill and injured children each year.

In 2013, EMSC funded an EMS Demonstration Node. Known as the Charlotte, Houston, and Milwaukee Prehospital EMS Research Node Center (CHaMP E-RNC), the purpose of this project is to test the feasibility of conducting effective multi-institutional pediatric prehospital research. 

What has the EMSC Program accomplished?

Since its establishment in 1985, the EMSC Program has improved the availability of child-size equipment in ambulances and emergency departments. It has initiated hundreds of programs to prevent injuries, and has provided thousands of hours of training to EMTs, paramedics, and other emergency medical care providers. EMSC efforts have led to legislation mandating programs in several states, and to educational materials covering every aspect of pediatric emergency care. Most important, EMSC efforts are saving kids’ lives.  For more information about the EMSC Program—when it was created, why it was established, what it has accomplished, and what it hopes to achieve in the future—the NRC recommends the following reports and fact sheets.