EMS Agenda 2050: A New Vision for the Future of EMS

New effort to envision the future of EMS—and how to achieve that goal—provides opportunities for members of the EMS community and the public to participate

Twenty years ago, pioneers and leaders in EMS described a vision of data-driven and evidence-based EMS systems in the EMS Agenda for the Future. Since then, the profession has worked tirelessly to fulfill the vision set out in that landmark document.

Now, the EMS community will come together once again to push the profession forward with EMS Agenda 2050. Like the original Agenda, EMS Agenda 2050 will be a collaborative effort inclusive of the entire EMS community and other stakeholders to create a bold plan for the next several decades of EMS.

“It’s not often that we have the opportunity to bring together members of our diverse profession, along with our partners in healthcare and public safety and members of the public, to collaborate and develop a true vision for the next generation of EMS,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS.

NHTSA is funding the initiative along with partners at the Health Resources and Services Administration EMS for Children program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs.

To ensure the inclusion of multiple viewpoints and voices, a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) will be chosen as the core team to create the new Agenda. Members of the panel will gather feedback from stakeholders through public meetings, and comment and assess evidence and data in order to produce a vision that best meets the evolving needs of communities across the country.

In order to have a TEP composed of experts with a variety of professional backgrounds, experience, and knowledge, there will be an open call for applications from anyone interested in serving on the panel. More information on the submission process will be available soon on EMSAgenda2050.org.

“Our commitment is to gather ideas, hopes, dreams and aspirations from anyone and everyone who would like to see a bright and bold future for EMS. The process will be wide open and inclusive; all ideas are welcome. In addition to having knowledge of healthcare and EMS, ideal members of the TEP will have a bias for collaboration, an ability to dream big, and a willingness to step beyond the comfort zone,” says Mike Taigman, Project Facilitator.

EMS stakeholder organizations have also been invited to participate throughout the process. To ensure regular and direct communication between the project team and stakeholder groups, each national organization has been asked to appoint a liaison to the project who will participate in regular meetings to provide updates and receive feedback from the community.

Members of the public will also have several opportunities to participate over the next two years through regional stakeholder meetings, webinars and conference sessions and through submitting public comments. Sign up here to receive announcements about the EMS Agenda 2050 project, including the TEP application process.