Rural EMS Conference

5th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference a Success

i May 1st No Comments by

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference, hosted by the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and the South Carolina Office of EMS, was a resounding success in Charleston! The conference brought together EMS providers, state EMS directors, State Offices of Rural Health and so many more. It is no small feat to pull off a successful national conference, and it wouldn’t have happened without a dedicated conference planning committee, a passion for the work, and the coordination of a small army of people. NOSORH, the JCREC, and the planning committee would like to thank all the volunteers, the host state, and all the people that made this year’s conference one of the best yet.

Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO, reviews the draft Tactical Plan for Rural EMS with conference participants.

One of the attendees noted, “This meeting has benefited the state trauma program because it brings together not only EMS, trauma professionals, but also the rural health partners. The relationship between the partners is occasionally overlooked and this venue not only increases awareness, but helps to establish a foundation. This annual meeting may also help to educate and secure the relationships between ORH and EMS/Trauma/other time critical emergencies as the health department leadership can easily make the connection between the various rural health programs and their impacts on each other. Rural healthcare is often overlooked and this meeting increases awareness of the rural patient’s health disparities.”

Another said, “This was a great meeting for networking and discussion. The format and variety of sessions was great, and the speakers were all phenomenal – true leaders in rural EMS and excellent at providing quality education to attendees.”

For all the presentations from the conference, including information on a Tactical Plan for the Future of EMS, please click here. Also, be on the lookout for 2020 conference plans!


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It’s the Final Countdown to the 2019 EMS Conference

i Apr 1st No Comments by

It’s not too late to register for the 2019 National Rural EMS & Care Conference being held in Charleston, South Carolina, this month! The conference will be April 17-18 at the Francis Marion Hotel. To book a room, please call 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121 and reference the “NOSORH EMS Meeting” to get the $256.51 per room/per night rate (This includes taxes and fees). You may also book online by clicking here. Please be sure to book your room soon.

As a special note for the State Offices, for the first time, this year’s conference will feature breakout tracks with topics geared toward Critical Access Hospitals and the Flex program. Some other sessions of note include, “How to Develop a High-Performance System in a Rural, Low Volume Area”, “FQHC’s and RHC’s: Promoting Introduction Between EMS and Other Partners”, and a panel with the State EMS Directors from Wyoming, Georgia, and South Carolina. This is a diverse agenda that is sure to excite all our rural EMS partners.

Also, NOSORH is offering a half-day “EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop”! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm.

Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop.

We hope to see you all in South Carolina! For more information about the meeting, visit the NOSORH website.


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National Rural EMS & Care Conference to Hold EMS Grant Writing Workshop

i Mar 4th No Comments by

Join rural EMS stakeholders from across the country in historic Charleston, South Carolina, for the 5th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference! Plan to arrive one day early for a half-day EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop! This optional workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. Click here for the draft workshop agenda.

For the first time, this year’s conference will feature breakout tracks with topics geared toward Critical Access Hospitals and the Flex program. Click here for the draft Conference agenda.

The conference will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC. To book a room, please call 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121 and reference the “NOSORH EMS Meeting” to get the $256.51 per room/per night rate (This includes taxes and fees). You may also book online by clicking here.

Click here to register for the Conference and the optional Grant Writing 101 Workshop.

Check the NOSORH website for more information.

Please share this registration information with all partners, providers, or other interested parties. Also, please include in any newsletters or other distributions you may have.


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Join us in Charleston for the National Rural EMS & Care Conference!

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NOSORH, The National Association of State EMS Officials, The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health invite you to join them on April 17-18 in Charleston, South Carolina, for the 5th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference. This will be an amazing opportunity to engage with partners from all over the country and at different levels of EMS care!

Whether you are a State Office, local EMS provider, state EMS Director, or a hospital administrator, this year’s conference will benefit all who attend with an agenda that features a wide variety of rural and frontier EMS topics. Some of the many areas being considered include developing a high-performance EMS system in low-volume rural areas, how State Flex Programs, EMS directors and State Offices of Rural Health can work together, how FQHCs and RHCs are promoting introductions between EMS and other partners, and maternity/delivery care. The conference will also be expanding by offering a set of breakout sessions, providing attendees more options and time for discussion on specific topics.

Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners.

Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Room Rate: $226
To reserve a room call: (843) 722-0600 or 1-(877) 756-2121 or click here.
Group Code: NOSORH EMS Meeting
Parking is $17/day

For more information about the conference as it become available, click here.


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Save the Date! National Rural EMS & Care Conference 2019

i Jan 14th No Comments by

NOSORH, The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC), and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health are happy to announce that the 2019 National Rural EMS & Care Conference will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 17-18. Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners. This will be an amazing opportunity to engage with partners from all over the country and at different levels of EMS care. Last year, the conference saw almost 120 attendees in Tucson, Arizona, and this year even more are anticipated.

Now in its 5th year, the National Rural EMS & Care Conference has grown in scope and content. Joyce Hospodar, JCREC Co-Chair and host of the 2018 conference states, “The growth in attendance and breadth of topics covered at last year’s conference lends testimony to the need to continue to bring together rural EMS providers and other national and regional partners to share issues and create solutions. Targeting rural issues related to EMS needs around workforce, collaboration, policy, and systems thinking are essential components for serving the country’s rural communities.” Other past attendees have stated, “The networking with colleagues from around the country and in our region is the biggest benefit. Hearing ideas and learning from others about successes provides insight into how to model similar processes in our community.”

This meeting truly is an exceptional resource and we look forward to you joining us in Charleston this April. More details to be released soon.


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The 2018 National Rural EMS and Care Conference Sees Success in Tucson!

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Last month’s National Rural EMS and Care Conference 2018 in Tucson, Arizona, was a huge success. Thanks to all who helped plan and attended the conference, supporting the mission of the Joint Committee on Rural EMS (JCREC). Attendees included State Offices of Rural Health, EMS Medical Directors, State EMS Officials, federal partners, regional EMS Agencies, and Hospital Based EMS individuals, to name a few.

One attendee noted, “We have been wanting to start a community paramedicine program in our area, but I didn’t know enough about it. I felt this meeting gave me a HUGE insight in not only what it was about, but how to get help and the steps to start it.” Another attendee said “This was my first time to this conference. The primary benefit was networking with other states and learning about their current issues and successes, and them helping me troubleshoot some of my regulatory/program barriers.” Bringing people together from all over the country and giving them time to be together, to network, and collaborate, was of great importance to the attendees.

The conference also lent itself as a platform for attendee engagement. Much work has been done on the Rural Tactical Agenda for the Future. Kevin McGinnis, JCREC C0mmittee Chair, polled the audience during an interactive session regarding objectives for the plan to help frame the work being done. Attendees were asked to weigh in on current objectives being considered, as well as offer up their own suggestions for consideration. The 49 suggestions that were offered ranged from “Standardization nationwide of Community Paramedic or Treat and Refer education Standards” to “Targeted recruitment efforts (age, gender, ethnicity)” and ”Improving community livability as a recruitment and retention strategy for rural workforce.” Results of the poll are available here.

Please be on the lookout for information on the 2019 conference in the coming days. If you have not and would like to view the presentations from the 2018 conference, please click here.

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The 2018 National Rural EMS & Care Conference Sees Success in Tucson!

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Matt Zavadsky, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, speaks on National Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Health Programs

NOSORH, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, and the National Association of State EMS Officials would like to thank all who helped make the 2018 National Rural EMS & Care Conference a resounding success in Tucson, Arizona! Together with the Arizona Office of Rural Health, over 100 participants attended the conference for two full days of engaging sessions. Attendees were presented with topics ranging from new EMS payments models, to different approaches to tribal and frontier paramedicine projects, to a panel of state EMS directors, and more.

NOSORH will be compiling and sharing the information gleaned from the working lunch discussion focused on what EMS can do when a rural hospital is facing closure into a toolkit later this year.

A panel of State EMS Directors discuss national rural EMS issues

All conference resources, including presentations from the meeting, will be available here on the NOSORH website by May 7th.

If you’re interested in connecting with someone who attended from your state, check the participant list here.

 

 

 


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Ambulance Payment Reform, Grant Writing Workshop, Different Approaches to Community Paramedicine and More at the National Rural EMS & Care Conference

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You don’t want to miss the wide variety of rural EMS topics offered in Tucson later this month! Dr. Chelsea White’s session, Different Approaches to Rural Community Paramedicine Projects: Tribal and Frontier Success Stories, is just one of the topics expected to engage local, regional and national EMS stakeholders gathering at the National Rural EMS & Care Conference. Dr. White is an emergency physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he also serves as Director of the UNM Center for Rural and Tribal EMS, as well as the Director of UNM EMS Fellowship. Learn from Dr. White about Community Paramedicine in isolated, frontier Native American reservations. Tribal EMS agencies face many of the problems common to rural and frontier agencies. Language, traditions, culture, views on health care, and forms of government vary widely from tribe to tribe, posing challenges to inter-tribal and off reservation collaboration. And since federally recognized tribes are classified as sovereign “domestic dependent nations”, state offices of EMS, boards of pharmacy, and other regulatory bodies have little to no jurisdiction over most tribal EMS agencies, affecting consistency and causing further isolation.

It’s not too late to register and join a nationwide group of rural EMS stakeholders for two full days of rural-relevant content from national experts and plenty of networking time. Arrive early and attend a half-day “EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop” to learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities.

Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop.

The conference will be held at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort, 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ. To book a room, please call (800) 722-2500 and reference the “National Rural EMS & Care Conference 2018” to get the $91 + tax room rate. You may also book online here.

Please share this registration information with all partners, providers, or other interested parties. Also, please include in any newsletters or other distributions you may have.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Strycker at stryckerm@nosorh.org or Trevor Brown at trevorb@nosorh.org


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Register Now for the National Rural EMS & Care Conference

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Registration is now open for the 4th Annual National Rural EMS and Care Conference! You’re invited to join NOSORH, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC), and the Arizona Center for Rural Health on April 24-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Network with other attendees, including rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural healthcare providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS stakeholders.

NOSORH is offering a 4-hour EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop!
Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. This workshop will be held on Monday, April 23, at 1:00 pm. View the agenda here.

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities
Are you interested in supporting the mission of the JCREC, NOSORH and NASEMSO at the National Rural EMS & Care Conference? Three levels of support are being offered for the conference:

Prime Sponsor-$5,000
Select Sponsor- $2,500
Conference Exhibitor-$1,000

To register as a sponsor and for more information regarding each level of sponsorship, please click here for the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus.

 

Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop.

Please share this registration information with all partners, providers, or other interested parties. Also, please include in any newsletters or other distributions you may have.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Strycker at stryckerm@nosorh.org or Trevor Brown at trevorb@nosorh.org


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The National Rural EMS & Care Conference 2018 Session Highlight

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NOSORH, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, and the Arizona Center for Rural Health invite you to join them on April 24-25 in Tucson, Arizona, for the 4th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference. Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners. This will be an amazing opportunity to engage with partners from all over the country and at different levels of EMS care.

One session on the agenda that you will not want to miss is the FirstNet Update with Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Communications Technology Advisor with the National Association of State EMS Officials. “FirstNet is now a reality, having been accepted for development by governors in all 50 states and territories,” said McGinnis. “The nationwide network core will be completed in March, and devices and service plans are now available. With AT&T (FirstNet’s system operator) offering FirstNet service with priority and preemption on its entire existing and new network to public safety, what does that mean for rural EMS providers? What will it buy us, where is it available? Check out the applications that FirstNet will make possible.”

To learn more about the conference, view the agenda, and watch for registration materials for the meeting, click here.


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