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The North Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program began in 1996 and is funded by a state partnership grant initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The mission of the North Dakota EMSC program is to improve pediatric emergency care for children in all areas of North Dakota by assessing needs and providing resources for hospitals and EMS programs and personnel.
Goals and objectives of the North Dakota EMSC program include:
1. Improving North Dakota’s EMS operational capacity to provide pediatric emergency care.
2. Improving North Dakota’s hospitals’ operational capacity to provide pediatric emergency care.
3. Improving the degree of establishing permanence of EMSC in North Dakota’s EMS system.
4. Integrating cultural and linguistic competencies into policies, guidelines, contracts, and training and increase family/youth/consumer participation in EMSC programs.
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For national program information, please visit the EMSC National Resource Center website: EMSC NRC
North Dakota Program Contacts:
Elizabeth Pihlaja, ND EMSC Program Coordinator
Jan Franklund, EMSC Program Assistant
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