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FAN Mail: Quarter 1 2024

Welcome new FAN Reps!

  • Paul Stengel, Connecticut
  • Stephanie Trafka, Rhode Island

Open FAN Rep positions:

  • Illinois

25 Year FAN Anniversaries:

  • Sandy Nasca, Florida
  • Laurie Warnock, New Hampshire
  • Petra Connell, Virginia

20 Year FAN Anniversaries:

  • Debbie Henes, California
  • Nanfi Lubago, Connecticut
  • LeeAnn Domonoske-Kellar, North Dakota

Dear FAN Reps,


Happy New Year! We're off to a strong start, and are working on the 2024 priorities you shared with us in the check-in survey. Stay tuned, as we're hoping to release several new resources in the second quarter of 2024!


This edition of FAN mail has news stories about FANs, new resources from EMSC and our partners, and calls to action.


Thank you for all you do and happy reading,


Sarah and Jennifer 

News and Updates

EMSC/FAN news & updates

  • Have you seen our recent Pulse updates for FAN? Jeff Wilson from Utah and Arnold Payne from the Virgin Islands shared the incredible work they've been doing! Keep your eye out for the March issue where we'll feature the work of Texas FAN Reps Greta James-Maxfield and Lisa Treleaven!
  • Thank you for completing the 2024 FAN check-in survey. We've identified the following priorities for 2024: EMS 101 for Families, FAN project list, FAN interest list, FAN onboarding materials, and FAN mentorship program. With your help, the FAN Project list and interest list are underway and will be shared later in quarter 2.
  • Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Toolkit (FESAT) focus groups will be starting soon. Be on the lookout for the enrollment survey coming in April!
  • Congratulations to our FAN Reps who are celebrating their 20 and 25 year anniversaries with EMSC this year! Our next newsletter will feature FAN Reps with 5 and 10 year anniversaries.

Upcoming events

  • FAN Steering Committee Meeting - March 7, on Zoom
  • FAN Steering Committee Meeting - April 4, on Zoom
  • Quarter 2 2024 All FAN Meeting - May 2, on Zoom
  • FAN Steering Committee Meeting - June 6, on Zoom

New resources 

  • EMSC turns 40 this year! Check out the 40th anniversary toolkit for logos, graphics, and short pieces on the history of EMSC!
  • The Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities has released a toolkit for patients, parents, and families who are navigating the transition to adult healthcare.
  • The National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) has created a flyer for families to help them understand what pediatric readiness is. Please share this with your networks!
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health has created a pediatric distress kit for caregivers of children. Called "Engage-Calm-Distract" the kit contains developmentally appropriate strategies and activities to help children in emergency situations.
  • EMSC's Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) learning module has officially been released. Please feel free to share with your networks!
  • Pediatric Pandemic Network’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Children with Medical Complexities (CMC) Task Force invites you to a webinar series on emergency care, disaster response, and care for children with special health care needs. Webinars will be held on 3/20 from 11:30-1:00 EDT and 3/27 from 11:00-12:30 EDT.

Action Items

Reauthorization of the EMSC Program


EMSC must be reauthorized by Congress every five years. This year Congress will vote on whether to reauthorize the program. Find individual fact sheets about the work of the EMSC program in your state or territory here. Your advocacy is vital to help educate and inform decision-makers. 

Caregiver Health Information Survey

EIIC and PPN are recruiting parents and guardians of children to learn more about how they find health-care information. Find more information about the survey and register here.


Family-Centered Care Micro-learning

Are you a prehospital clinician? Consider signing up to pilot EIIC's Family-Centered Care Microlearning module! Your feedback will help us improve this text-based educational module.

We Want to Hear From You!

As a FAN, what are you most looking forward to in 2024?
Taking on a new project
All FAN Meetings
Getting a FAN mentor
Learning about other FAN's projects and interests
All of the Above

Questions? Comments? News to share? Want to join the FAN Newsletter mailing list?  Email us!

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The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award (U07MC37471) totaling $3M with 0 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Family Advisory Network Representatives (FAN Reps) are the core of EMSC's family engagement strategy. To learn more about being or becoming a FAN Rep, please contact Jennifer Talley.

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