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Our EMS systems are facing challenging problems. Solving them requires collaboration among a diverse range of National, State, and local experts, united by a common vision and informed by research from the field. Meet the Federal agencies developing the policies, processes, and technologies that will guide the next generation EMS system; one that provides efficient, effective, and equitable service in every emergency.
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The Department of Defense provides criteria, guidance, and instructions to inform the delivery of EMS in appropriate DoD programs. Worldwide, DoD active duty and civilian EMS personnel respond to emergency incidents both on military installations and (through mutual aide agreements) in the local community. Unique to the DoD, EMS personnel trained both to community standards and specialized levels of care, deliver EMS in forward deployed and hostile areas including combat and combat support.  More on DoD.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, ASD(HA), serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all DoD health policies, programs, and force health protection activities.

 

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, USD(AT&L), provides criteria, guidance, and instructions to incorporate the delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), injury prevention, and emergency medical dispatch (EMS) in appropriate DoD programs, budget Directives and Instructions.

 

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The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Specifically related to EMS, DHHS provides technical assistance, subject matter expertise, and direct program services to help States, tribes, territories, local communities, and other countries prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from disasters and emergencies.  More on DHHS.

 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

The mission of the CDC's Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.

 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Division of Injury Control

CDC’s Division of Injury Response CDC works to improve injury care and response practices by improving field triage, acute care, and mass casualty event response to help improve outcomes for those who are injured. CDC recognizes that injuries do occur, despite our best efforts at prevention.

 

 

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the EMSC Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents – no matter where they live, attend school, or travel – receive appropriate care in a health emergency. Since its establishment, the EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

 

The Federal EMSC Program also supports two resource centers: the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC), located in Washington, DC, and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), located in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition, the Program supports the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, the first federally-funded, multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine.

 

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The Department of Homeland Security provides the coordinated, comprehensive Federal response in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other large-scale emergency while working with Federal, State, local, and private sector partners to ensure a swift and effective recovery effort.  More on DHS.

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The Federal Communications Commission, through its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), works to ensure that first responders, including EMS personnel, have access to reliable, interoperable equipment during emergencies. The PSHSB provides information on federal resources available to EMS personnel, assists in the development of emergency communications plans, and enrolls first responder organizations in priority services, including the telecommunications service priority (TSP), wireless priority service (WPS), and government entity telecommunications service (GETS).  More on FCC.

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NHTSA’s Office of EMS reduces death and disability by providing leadership and coordination to the EMS community in assessing, planning, developing, and promoting comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical services and 9-1-1 systems. Specifically, NHTSA partners with peer agencies to advance a National vision for EMS, and collects and analyzes the data EMS managers need to make critical decisions.
NHTSA also supports two multidisciplinary committees that work collaboratively to define the direction of Federal research and initiatives for the EMS community.
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