National Partnerships Activities

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program collaborates with diverse organizations to improve the emergency medical care of children through the exchange of knowledge, implementation of activities, and development of tools and resources for Program grantees and stakeholders. Following is a select list of recent collaborative projects.

  • In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the EMS for Children Program has implemented a project to ensure effective care for all children in the nation’s emergency departments (ED). It's called the National Pediatric Readiness Project. Phase one of the National Pediatric Readiness Project is to conduct a national (online) assessment to measure ED pediatric readiness. The assessment will allow project staff to identify where the gaps are and align resources and efforts to build the competency and capacity within each ED.

  • In 2011, the EMS for Children National Resource Center (NRC) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) developed a national strategic partnership to encourage and market the Pediatric JumpKit Bag Initiative. The NRC encourages Family Advisory Network representatives to work with their EMS for Children program mangers to partner with GFWC clubs within their state. This collaborative effort can assist EMS for Children programs throughout the nation to acquire missing pediatric equipment for their local EMS agencies.

  • In partnership with Duke University and the AAP, EMS for Children convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts to discuss recommendations to improve pediatric medication safety in the emergency department.

  • EMS for Children worked with the AAP, ACEP, and ENA to release the joint policy statement Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department. In addition, these organizations worked together to develop a Guidelines Checklist to allow healthcare facilities the opportunity to assess their own preparedness to manage pediatric emergencies.

  • In partnership with the The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy, the NRC published two issue briefs: “The Application of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to Hospital Inpatients” and "Legal Issues in Interfacility Transfer." 

  • In partnership with the American Trauma Society, each year the NRC develops and distributes materials for National Trauma Month.

  • In partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the NRC developed an online interactive map designed to provide health care professionals interested in volunteering a resource to identify disaster volunteer agencies in their state. As you click on the desired state, agencies recruiting volunteers will be listed in alphabetical order along with the type of health care volunteers needed and any required training and certifications.  Volunteer applications for each agency are provided.

  • In partnership with the Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Medication Safety, the NRC developed a series of multimedia podcasts as an educational resource for medical students, residents, and fellowship trainees on pediatric medication safety in the emergency setting.

  • Since 2008, EMS for Children and the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) have held their annual meetings back-to-back at the same location in an effort to help simplify and maximize opportunities for networking. In 2010, the two groups strengthened their ties by offering a full day of combined programming that examines the issues, trends, and recent developments affecting the day-to-day activities of participants from each group.