EMS Agenda 2050 Assembles Panel to Guide National Effort

The ten members of the Technical Expert Panel have been selected to lead the project and gather community input over the next two years

The EMS Agenda 2050 project, a two-year collaborative effort to create a bold vision for the future of EMS based on input from the EMS community and public, kicked off in late 2016. EMS Agenda 2050 will imagine what EMS could be in three decades; what its role should be in the nation’s healthcare, public health and public safety systems; and how to get there.

The NHTSA Office of EMS is proud to be funding the effort along with the Health Resources and Services Administration EMS for Children program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (both at the Department of Health and Human Services) and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs.

After receiving applications from nearly 150 EMS and healthcare professionals, the project’s federal funding partners selected ten members to serve on the EMS Agenda 2050 Technical Expert Panel. The members of the panel come from across the country and represent a diverse range of experiences; some have decades of experience in EMS leadership and academia, while others will still be working in 2050. More information, including a list panel members, is available on the EMS Agenda 2050 project page.

The members were chosen not only because of their impressive credentials as individuals, but also for their demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, think creatively and bring a variety of perspectives in EMS and related fields.

Charged with soliciting input from the EMS community and public and transforming those ideas into a new Agenda for the Future, the panel will ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be heard.

“We’re going to start this process with the assumption that no idea is a bad idea,” said Mike Taigman, who will facilitate the EMS Agenda 2050 process. “Our role is to gather innovative ideas about our profession’s future and create a bold vision for EMS.”

Throughout the two-year project, EMS Agenda 2050 will present many opportunities for anyone with ideas for the future of EMS to participate, including:

  • Submitting comments through the online form
  • Attending one of the EMS Agenda 2050 public forums or an EMS Agenda 2050 session at conferences such as Fire Rescue International, the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum or EMS World Expo
  • Sharing your feedback with any of the TEP members

To stay up-to-date on the latest EMS Agenda 2050 news and for announcements about other ways to participate in the process, sign up to receive email updates and follow EMS Agenda 2050 on Twitter and Facebook.

In addition, EMS Agenda 2050 has assembled a group of liaisons from national EMS and health care organizations. As liaisons, these individuals serve as the main points of contact between the organizations and the project staff and Technical Expert Panel, helping facilitate an open and collaborative process. If you are a member of a national organization, find out who your liaison is and make your voice heard.

Be sure to attend the EMS Agenda 2050 sessions at the upcoming Fire Rescue International Conference & Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 27th at 1:30pm, or at the Pinnacle EMS Conference in August in Boca Raton, Florida, on August 10th at 10:45am.