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EMSC Targeted Issue Grantees Featured in Webinar: Mark Your Calendars and Register Today !  

Register today for the webinar "A Community Paramedicine Approach to Pediatric Asthma Care and Compassionate Options for Pediatric EMS," occurring from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 23.
This webinar will feature two Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Targeted Issues projects. The first project, Treat the Streets, examines how a pediatric community paramedicine program was able to address identified gaps in pediatric asthma care, reduce emergency department (ED) recidivism rates for children, and enhance paramedic provider roles in care delivery.  The second project, Compassionate Options for Pediatric EMS (COPE), utilizes mobile communications technology to equip EMS providers with the knowledge, tools, and skill set needed to manage the emotional and psychological effects for both the grieving family and themselves when confronted with an out-of-hospital pediatric death.
Continuing education for physicians, nurses, and EMS professionals will be available .
Save the Date
STN Annual Meeting , taking place March 30-April 2, 2016, in Anaheim, CA.
NASEMSO Spring Meeting , taking place April 4-6, 2016, in Bethesda, MD.  

15th Annual Update in Acute and Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference, taking place April 8-9, 2016, in Franklin, TN.

National Rural EMS Conference , taking place April 21-22, 2016, in San Antonio, TX.

Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, taking place April 30-May 3, 2016, in Baltimore, MD.

Annual Rural Health Conference, taking place May 10-13, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN.

American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting, taking place May 14-17, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN.

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.
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Once registered, participants will receive an automated email message with information about how to join the webinar.

More information about this webinar; the upcoming webinar "Providing Culturally Sensitive Care to Children and Families" being held at 4:00 pm (Eastern) on Thursday, April 14, 2016; and all EMSC archived webinars can be found on the EMSC website.  
Don't Forget! EMSC Community of Practice (CoP) Scheduled for March 22

The next EMSC Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, March 22. This meeting will feature Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, lieutenant commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Children's Preparedness Unit (CPU), who will provide an overview of the CPU and the overall effort in children's emergency preparedness within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pre-registration for the event is required. Once registered, participants will receive an automated email message with information about attending the live event. 
Save the Date! EMS for Children Day is May 18

The EMSC Program is partnering with the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Emergency Nurses Association to celebrate EMS for Children Day 2016. The daylong celebration will be held the Wednesday of EMS Week (May 15-21). More information about the 2016 EMS for Children Day celebration, including key messages, promotional materials, artwork, and children's activity sheets, can be found on the EMSC National Resource Center website.

The 2016 EMS Week Promotional Guide will feature a two-page article detailing the EMSC Program's many new initiatives and resources geared toward supporting the vital work of EMS practitioners and administrators.  
EMSC Performance Measures Opens Second Public Comment Period

The new and continuing EMSC State Partnership performance measures are now available for a second public comment period. The EMSC performance measures are included as part of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Discretional Grant Information System (DGIS) Information Collection Request.  The MCHB DGIS forms and an FAQ responding to questions and comments received during the first comment period are available for review.
You may submit comments to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) desk officer by email at   or fax to 202-395-5806. In addition, to request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at  or call (301) 443-1984. Comments should be received no later than April 14, 2016.
The complete Federal Register Notice may be viewed at:
State and Territory Updates
EMSC QI Collaborative Applications Due March 22

Last month, the EMSC National Resource Center invited all State Partnership managers whose state or territory has more than five hospitals and whose program is in the process of, or has attempted to, develop a pediatric medical recognition program to apply for participation in the EMSC Medical Facility Recognition Quality Improvement (QI) Collaborative. All participants in the collaborative are expected to sign an agreement committing to the project, attend pre-work sessions and at least one in-person learning session, and participate in several virtual learning opportunities.
This is a friendly reminder that applications are due to Meaghan Lancaster
no later than 5:00 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by April 7, 2016. Please contact Ms. Lancaster with additional questions or for application instructions.
National Pediatric Readiness Project Update
Hospitals Taking Advantage of Second Opportunity to Measure Improvements in Pediatric Readiness

Pediatric Readiness, a national quality improvement initiative to improve the capacity of emergency departments (ED) to provide care for children, reopened the ED assessment portal on November 1, 2015.  Since reopening, more than 250 hospitals from 18 states have participated in the reassessment.  Though most participating in the reassessment want to see the impact of implemented changes on their individual assessment scores, approximately 20 of those participating in the assessment are new hospitals. As EMSC program managers reach out to hospitals in their states to discuss targeted areas for improvement, enthusiasm and momentum also continues to grow. The number of hospitals, by state, participating in the reassessment may be viewed by going to and selecting "ED Participation by State/Territory." 
Research Resources and Results
Is It Still an ED if it Can't Treat Children?

An editorial by Alfred Sacchetti, MD, published in the March 2016 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine, discusses the need for an all-Emergency Department (ED) Approved for Pediatrics model. In response to the article, Pediatric Readiness and Facility Verification , the author details some of the challenges in the absence of a comprehensive emergency medical services for children system.  The editorial also discusses the low to moderate cost associated with an ED becoming pediatric ready. Lastly, the author discusses the availability of pediatric ready EDs as it relates to access to care and parental decisions in seeking care during an emergency.
This Week In Health Policy News
Emergency Medical Kits on Airplanes Update: Good News!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) applauds the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for including a provision in its bipartisan, unanimously-passed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that requires the FAA to update emergency medical kits onboard commercial airplanes to contain appropriate medications and medical equipment for children. The provision, modeled after the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety Act (S. 2536), will direct the FAA to begin a public rulemaking process to review and update the contents of the emergency medical kits within a year of the bill's enactment.
New AAP Guidelines Call for Pediatricians to Address Child Poverty

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new initiative and policy statement that recommends pediatricians help children in poverty - one of the most widespread and persistent health risks facing children - by assessing the financial stability of families, linking families to resources, and coordinating care with community partners.

Evidence illustrates that living in poverty can cause lifelong health problems, such as infant mortality, poor language development, increased rates of asthma and obesity, as well as increased risk of injury. The AAP believes that pediatricians could significantly help families in need by  asking a single question during each well-child visit: "Do you have difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month?" The question can help identify families who would benefit from community resources.
Family and Caregiver Outreach
National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26, 2016. Information and resources for parents and caregivers can be found online at the Poison Prevention and  American Association of Poison Control Centers websites.  
Reports and Articles of Interest
Upcoming Webinar: Implementing Evidence-based Guidelines

Starting at 1:00 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, March 22, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Office of EMS will host the webinar "Implementing Evidence-based Guidelines (EBG)." This webinar will explore how EBGs are changing EMS and improving patient care, why local EMS systems should embrace EBGs and how to implement them, as well as challenges of educating providers on EBGs and gaining buy-in. Register today!
IPFCC Webinar: Being an Effective Patient or Family Advisor

Join the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) webinar "Being an Effective Patient or Family Advisor," starting at 1:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 23. This webinar will discuss the role of a patient and family advisor and how advisors can work effectively and promote collaboration. Space is limited and registration is required.  
Call for Proposals: 7th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

The International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH) will convene March 31-April 2, 2017. The IMICH Planning Committee invites session/workshop proposals from anyone working with Indigenous populations, on any topic related to Indigenous child and youth health. 

Submit your session proposal online at
The deadline to submit proposals is May 9, 2016 .

Funding Opportunities
AHRQ Funding Opportunities
NIH Funding Opportunities
Featured Resource

The EMSC Program offers flexible, pediatric-focused training online that is convenient and available 24 hours a day. In general, the courses are all self-paced and should take approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the course selected. Many of the courses offer continuing education credit and target of variety of health care professionals.