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NHSTA: Writing the Next Agenda for EMS

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.   

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 systems 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 healthcare and public safety continue at an unprecedented rate,” said Mike Brown, interim director for the NHTSA Office of EMS.

Moderated by the Office of EMS, the discussion will include:


  • Theodore Delbridge, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine
  • Dan Manz, Executive Director of Essex (Vt.) Rescue and former director of Vermont EMS
  • Beth Edgerton, MD, Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health for HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions during any point of the discussion. The webinar and Q&A will last approximately one hour.

About EMS Focus
Every other month, EMS Focus will provide a venue to discuss crucial initiatives, issues and challenges for EMS stakeholders and leaders nationwide. Be sure to visit the EMS Focus website for information about upcoming webinars and to view past recordings