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Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Program (EMSC SP)

Link

https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/find-funding/hrsa-18-063

Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov)

Deadline

Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2018

Sponsoring Organization

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Purpose

Awards funding to expand and improve emergency medical services (EMS) for children who need treatment for trauma or critical care in the U.S. states and territories. Funds demonstration projects to implement and evaluate innovative EMS system models and new methods to respond to the needs of children in emergencies, improve health outcomes, and reduce pediatric morbidity and mortality that result from trauma, serious illness or injury.

Required program activities include:

  • Facilitating a state emergency medical services for children (EMSC) advisory committee, with representation from key EMS stakeholders, to guide program activities
  • Collaborating with pre-hospital EMS agencies to improve readiness and coordinate pediatric emergency care and the submission of patient data
  • Collaborating with hospital emergency departments to improve quality, address readiness gaps, support state healthcare coalitions, and develop pediatric medical recognition systems
  • Coordinating with pre-hospital EMS and hospital emergency departments to promote education and training for emergency care workforce and address gaps in EMS systems
  • Participating in EMSC quality improvement collaborative efforts led by HRSA, the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center
  • Collect and report EMSC performance measure data

Program performance measures for EMS agencies include:

  • An increase to 30% the proportion of EMS agencies that have a designated individual responsible for the coordination of pediatric emergency care by 2020
  • An increase to 30% the proportion of EMS agencies that evaluate EMS practitioners' pediatric skills at least once per year by 2020
  • An increase to 80% the proportion of EMS agencies that collect and submit uniform data to the National EMS Information System by 2021
  • An increase by 10 points from the 2016 baseline the average National Pediatric Readiness Assessment (NPRA) score of the state/jurisdiction's hospital emergency departments by 2022

Program performance measures for hospital systems by 2020 include:

  • An increase to 25% the proportion of hospitals recognized as part of a statewide, territorial, or regional standardized program that are able to stabilize and manage pediatric medical emergencies by 2022
  • An increase to 50% the proportion of hospitals recognized as part of a statewide, territorial, or regional standardized program that are able to stabilize and manage pediatric trauma by 2022
  • An increase to 90% the proportion of hospitals that have written inter-facility transfer guidelines that cover pediatric patients and that include specific components of transfer by 2021
  • An increase to 90% the proportion of hospitals that have written inter-facility transfer agreements that cover pediatric patients by 2021

Other program performance measures include:

  • Annually demonstrating the permanence of pediatric EMS in the state/jurisdiction EMS systems
  • Annually demonstrating and integrating EMCS priorities in the hospital and healthcare facility statutes or regulations
  • Participant in at least one quality improvement collaborative designed to improve pediatric outcomes by 2022

More information on program measures, outcomes, and activities can be found in the funding announcement. Additional information about the EMSC State Partnership Grant Program is available online.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $130,000 per year
Project period: Up to 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 59
Estimated total program funding: $7,670,000

Only three EMSC grants may be awarded in per state or jurisdiction for this program.

Who Can Apply

State governments and accredited schools of medicine in states and jurisdictions are eligible to apply. For this opportunity, accredited schools of medicine are defined by the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295p(1)(A)).

Geographic Coverage

Nationwide

What This Program Funds

Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

Contact

For programmatic or technical questions:
Jocelyn Hulbert
HRSAEMSC@hrsa.gov

For grants management or budget questions:
Devon Cumberbatch
301-443-7532
DCumberbatch@hrsa.gov

Topics This Program Addresses

Emergency Department Services • Emergency Medical Services • Emergency Planning • Healthcare Workforce • Teleservices and Technology