A Community EMT Call to Action

Playing competitive sports for the past 20 years, I have been on successful, championship-winning teams, and teams that drop the ball – pun intended. Successful teams don’t happen by accident; it takes time, collaboration, and effort. It’s the same for teams across all spectrums, including healthcare. A highly effective healthcare team has been shown to improve patient outcomes and increase job satisfaction1.

A Community Emergency Medical Technician (CEMT) works by filling gaps in the local healthcare team, by providing primary care, post-discharge follow-up care, integration with local public health agencies, and/or providing education and health promotion programs. The knowledge, trust and respect developed as a first responder positions the CEMT as a unique part of the healthcare team. CEMT’s help individuals and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from healthcare services by increasing access to care and keeping patients local.

A First of its Kind Training

A partnership of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness (BEMSP), the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), and the Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care (BRHPC) is excited to announce a first of its kind Idaho CEMT training. This training, offered through Idaho State University (ISU), will be delivered live online beginning in August 2018. A second cohort will be offered in September 2018. Both 13-week courses will be taught by experienced community paramedics. The August course will be taught by Mark Siemon and Travis Spencer.

There is no cost for Idaho residents to take the course. Participants completing the training will be able to assess the needs of their community and identify gaps, communicate more effectively with patients, conduct a medication inventory, and understand the roles and responsibilities of the community health provider. Individuals who successfully complete the CEMT training will receive a certificate of completion and will be at an advantage to better understand their patients in a more holistic manner, and be a part of successful, collaborative-driven healthcare teams.

For more information about CEMT opportunities and trainings in Idaho, please contact SHIP Project Manager, Madeline Russell at Madeline.Russell@dhw.idaho.gov Or the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness at CHEMS@dhw.idaho.gov or (208)334-4000.

1Chang YW, Ma JC, Chiu HT, Lin KC, Lee PH. Job satisfaction and perceptions of quality of patient care, collaboration and teamwork in acute care hospitals. J Adv Nurs 2009;65:1946-55. [PubMed]

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