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EMS Past, Present and Future: Writing the Next Agenda

Two decades ago, industry pioneers and experts described a vision for the future of EMS systems in the Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on behalf of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), is leading the effort to seek public input on a revision of the Agenda for the Future that will pave the way for the next generation of EMS system advancements.

On Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EST, NHTSA’s Office of EMS will host a webinar as part of the collaborative Federal series, EMS Focus, with authors of the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future in a discussion of what lies ahead for EMS. The webinar will kick off by looking back at some of the profession’s most significant accomplishments over the last two decades, followed by a conversation about how the industry can evolve over the next 30 years. Speakers will include two of the 1996 Agenda’s original authors, Theodore Delbridge, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and Dan Manz, Executive Director of Essex (Vt.) Rescue and former director of Vermont EMS, as well as Beth Edgerton, MD, Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health for HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The panel will discuss:

  • Successes and challenges in implementing the Agenda’s recommendations over the last twenty years
  • Why now is the time for NHTSA and the EMS community to revise the Agenda to guide the profession for the next few decades
  • The ways in which members of the EMS community can share their input and play a role in the development of the new Agenda

“The EMS Agenda for the Future described a vision for the nation’s EMS system and played a major role in advancing EMS systems to where they are today. The initiative to update the Agenda will help ensure that EMS as an industry and a profession is well-poised – for both the known and the unknown – as advancements in health care and public safety continue at an unprecedented rate,” said Mike Brown, interim director for the NTHSA Office of EMS.  

Register for the webinar here

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an open question-and-answer session, with the webinar and Q&A lasting approximately one hour. Every other month, the EMS Focus webinar series provides a venue to discuss critical initiatives, issues, and challenges for EMS stakeholders nationwide. Recordings of each webinar are available for viewing on the NHTSA Office of EMS website.

About the Office of EMS

NHTSA’s Office of EMS advances EMS by collecting and analyzing critical data about state and local systems, and by fostering collaboration among national, state, and local agencies engaged in guiding, improving, and standardizing EMS nationwide.