Meet the Staff: Jeremy Kinsman

For new ASPPH Public Health Fellow, EMS is a family affair

Jeremy Kinsman, new public health fellow in the Office of EMS, looks forward to working on data-driven projects during his fellowship.

People become involved in EMS for a variety of reasons. For Jeremy Kinsman, a new public health fellow in the Office of EMS, it’s all in the family.

Before receiving a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University, Jeremy followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle, serving as an EMT in Kansas. Jeremy’s first EMT job was in the emergency department at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas, where decades earlier, his grandfather started Riley County EMS with funds allocated by the federal EMS Systems Act of 1973. To say that Jeremy has a personal interest in the intersection of EMS and public policy is an understatement.

Jeremy joined NHTSA’s Office of EMS in June 2015 as a fellow through the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which places recent graduates of public health master’s and doctorate programs in fellowships at a number of federal agencies that address public health issues. During the next year, Jeremy’s focus will be on increasing knowledge and awareness of EMS data and demonstrating its unique, meaningful value to the EMS profession and to broader public health efforts.

One of Jeremy’s first projects is to create an interactive data dashboard that displays motor vehicle crash information from the National EMS Database, a key component of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS). He hopes this is just the first of many efforts to make NEMSIS and other EMS data more accessible and useful to the public and researchers.

During his fellowship, Jeremy also plans to conduct a literature review to assess the strategies that healthcare industries, such as dentistry, use to implement performance measures, and how the EMS industry can apply the same tactics. Jeremy is a data guy, and he says he is excited to explore the many ways to use information and evidence to improve EMS systems - a key goal of the NHTSA Office of EMS.

One of Jeremy’s passions is also examining how and why people suffer injuries - and how to prevent them. As a graduate student, Jeremy researched how race and socioeconomic status are associated with the risk of involvement in a vehicle crash. He hopes to continue that research during his time at OEMS.

"EMS data is an opportunity to feed research related to injury severity and its association with socioeconomic status," Jeremy said. "NEMSIS can bring to light data to make meaningful changes in policy and best practices, especially with the inclusion of vital sign statistics in Version 3."

Another passion: teaching first responder programs and developing prehospital care systems in low and middle-income countries. While in graduate school, he joined the Tulane Global Trauma Education Institute, a group that leads first responder and advanced trauma classes around the world. Jeremy taught courses in Bangladesh and Nepal and plans to return to Nepal again this year.

After only a few months with NHTSA, Jeremy has already learned that a lot more happens in Washington related to EMS than he ever realized.

"Folks here are working on really important things, they have a lot of responsibility and they work really hard," he said

Educating the next generation of EMS researchers and leaders is important to NHTSA and the Office of EMS, which has hosted several ASPPH fellows in recent years. For more information, visit the fellowship program’s website.