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Farewell from the EMSC National Resource Center  

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) Cooperative Agreement with Children's National Health System in Washington, DC, will come to a close on June 30, 2016.  The Program is taking a new direction to advance the field of EMSC and has established the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC). Launching on July 1, 2016, the EIIC will be led by a national EIIC executive leadership based at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. 
For more than 25 years, the EMSC NRC and its staff have enjoyed working with each grantee, and all its federal partners, professional stakeholders, and staff from the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. The EMSC NRC values and appreciates each of the many, many relationships it had. Thank you for working with us, for your support, knowledge, and friendships. It has been a tremendous honor and pleasure to work with all of you.
Save the Date
NAEMSE Annual Educator Symposium and Trade Show, taking place August 1-6, 2016, in Fort Worth, TX.

ENA Emergency Nursing 2016, taking place September 14-17, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA.

NCDMPH Disaster Health Learning Workshop, taking place September 17-18, 2016, in Washington, DC.

NASEMSO Fall 2016 Meeting, taking place September 19-22, 2016, in Albuquerque, NM.

NAEMT Annual Meeting, taking place October 3-6, in New Orleans, LA.

EMS World , taking place October 3-7, 2016, in New Orleans, LA.
ACEP Scientific Assembly , taking place October 16-19, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.

AAP National Conference and Exhibition, taking place October 22-25, 2016, in San Francisco, CA.

Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting, taking place November 11-12, 2016, in Nashville, TN.

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference , taking place December 12-14, 2016, in Washington, DC.
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For questions about the transition, please contact Tee Morrison-Quinata at  tmorrison-quinata@hrsa.gov  or Beth Edgerton, MD, MPH, at eedgerton@hrsa.gov .
Best wishes to all our EMSC colleagues. We will miss you all.
Please note that all future correspondences, including the distribution of newsletters, webcasts/meetings, social media posts, and technical consultations will be done through Baylor and HRSA.
Reminder: EIIC Introductory Webinar to be Held July 6

At 3:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 6, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMSC Program will host the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) Introductory webinar to introduce the EIIC team, based at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. 
Webinar link and call in details are as follows:

Call-in: 1-517-308-9396
Toll Free 1-800-593-9975
Participant passcode: 1994980  
State and Territory Updates
Texas EMSC Seeking New Program Manager

The Texas EMSC program is currently seeking a new EMSC program manager at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Anyone interested should contact Manish Shah, MD, at mxshah@texaschildrens.org or at 832-824-1182.
Research Resources and Results
Underage Drinking, Brief Interventions, and Trauma Patients: Are They Really Special?  

A recent article in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery examines whether presenting for an acute injury moderates the efficacy of a brief intervention on alcohol misuse.
Patients ages 14-20 who presented to the emergency department (ED) and tested positive for risky drinking using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption score were randomized into three groups based on the brief intervention and received a 3-month follow-up. The groups were as follows: standalone computer-delivered intervention (n=277), a therapist-delivered intervention (n=278), or a control condition (n=281). Eight hundred and thirty-six youth enrolled in the study.
Investigators found that 36.2% of patients had a primary complaint of intentional or unintentional injury (n=303). Additionally, injured patients were more likely to be male (p<0.001), have a higher alcohol consumption (p<0.01), and were less likely to misuse prescription drugs (p=0.02) than those who presented to the ED for medical reasons. Furthermore, injury presentation was predictive of greater alcohol consumption prior to receiving a brief intervention. The computer-delivered intervention was more effective in reducing alcohol consequences among patients presenting with an injury than those presenting for other medical reasons. Lastly, injury did not affect the efficacy of the computer intervention on alcohol consumption or the efficacy of the therapist intervention on alcohol outcomes.
Investigators concluded that a therapist or computer intervention reduced alcohol consumption and consequences among risky drinkers regardless of reason for ED presentation. The study also found that although the therapist intervention was not diminished by injury presentation, the computer intervention was very effective at reducing alcohol consequences among those presenting with injury at 3-month follow-up.   
This Week In Health Policy News
U.S. Kids Get 2 Million Concussions per Year from Sports and Playing

In 2013, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention establish and oversee a national surveillance system to accurately determine the incidence of sport-related concussions among youth ages 5 to 21. This week, the Associated Press featured an article that sought to determine the number of sport- and recreation-related concussions (SRRC) that occurred annually among U.S. youth 18 years and younger.
Using three national databases, study investigators determined the number of SRRCs in literature, health care settings (outpatient, inpatient, and emergency departments), as well as those reported to certified high school athletic trainers. This data was used to generate a national estimate of SRRCs.
The study found that there are between 1.1 million and 1.9 million SRCCs annually among U.S. children ages 18 and younger and that most of these children were not seen in a healthcare setting (estimate 511,590 to 1,240,972). Furthermore, of the children that were seen in a hospital setting, a majority were outpatients compared to emergency department visits and hospitalization (estimate 377,978 compared to 115,479 to 166,929 and 2,886 to 4,936, respectively).
Some believe the increase in child concussion rates may be because of increased awareness regarding the issue.
For more information, please read the June 2016 issue of Pediatrics (Volume 138, Number 1) or the Associated Press article posted on AP Radio News.
Family and Caregiver Outreach

The EMSC National Resource Center released last week "A Toolkit for EMSC Family Representatives." The toolkit targets new Family Advisory Network (FAN) representatives and serves as their official EMSC training module. The toolkit is available online in html format as section VII of the EMSC Program Manager's Toolkit. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this resource.
Reports and Articles of Interest
Save the Children and 20th Century Fox Launch PSA on Using ICE Cards

In a fun, new animated public service announcement ( PSA ) , launched by Save the Children and 20th Century Fox, the Ice Age: Collision Course herd shows how ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact cards can keep families together. The PSA encourages parents to create ICE cards for their children so families can quickly reunite after a disaster.
ICE cards can be created for download on the Save the Children website and include contact and identification information that can be critical during emergencies. For a limited time, families can select a custom ICE card featuring Scrat and his elusive acorn from the new animated film Ice Age: Collision Course
Save the Date! Tribal Injury Prevention Webinar

Starting at 2:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, June 29, the Children's Safety Network will host the webinar "Tribal Injury Prevention: Successes and Challenges from the Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program (TIPCAP)." This webinar will focus on the implementation and evaluation of TIPCAP, which aimed to enhance the capacity of Tribes to build sustainable injury prevention programs from 2011 to 2015; the importance of preventing childhood injuries in Tribal communities; and effective strategies for collaborating with Tribal partners.
Space is limited so register today!  

Featured Resource

Now available for download is the Pediatric Medical Recognition Program fact sheet. The fact sheet highlights the 11 states that have pediatric medical recognition programs in place and the commonalities between the state programs. The one-page fact sheet also answers the questions: What is a pediatric hospital recognition program? and Why is it important to assess and formally recognize the readiness of facilities to care for children?