Monday - July 22 - 8:00 am - 11:45 am
It often takes 25 to 30 years for a leadership theory or other grassroots movement to gain acceptance. In 1993, the US Government Accounting Office reported on Alaska’s community health workers and proposed using paramedics for immunizations and chronic illness screening in underserved areas. Since then, it’s been a slow road for community paramedicine, but the last several years have seen the concept take hold and gain momentum. Most agree it’s a good idea, but uncertainty about how to pay for the expanding number of programs remains. This session will provide historical context, descriptions of innovative approaches, and what your organization needs to do to make a mobile integrated healthcare program sustainable.
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This session will be led by Dan Swayze, DrPH, chief operating officer of the Center of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and one of the earliest pioneers of Community Paramedicine. He will be joined by Anne Jensen, manager of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Resource Access Program; Pat Songer, executive director of NEMSMA; and Jared Oscarson, senior vice president at Ready Responders.