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Kentucky EMS for Children


Kentucky EMS for Children Project (EMSC)

Our Mission

The KYEMSC Program works to decrease pediatric mortality and morbidity due to severe illness or injury by enhancing pediatric emergency care services throughout the state. It does this by building partnerships across the continuum of emergency care, offering special programs and training opportunities, and through policy development.

About Us

The Federal EMS for Children Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency.  Since its establishment in 1985, the EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. 

Most Federal EMSC funding is administered through either a State Partnership or Targeted Issue grant. More information on each of these programs can be found at the Federal MCHB HRSA website: http://mchb.hrsa.gov

Kentucky’s EMSC State Partnership grant is awarded to the Kentucky Board of EMS which manages most aspects of the EMSC grant by employing a project director and operating an EMSC advisory committee.  Kentucky has held an EMSC State Partnership continuously since 1992.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under EMSC Partnership Grant #H33MC08042 for $130,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

In addition to funding State Partnership and Targeted Issue grants, the EMSC Program also provides funding for two support centers and one research facility:

  • The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) – www.emscnrc.org
    • The EMSC NRC was established in 1991 to help improve the pediatric emergency care infrastructure throughout the United States and its territories.  The services offered by the NRC are designed to proactively assist EMSC grantees, program partners, and family advocates in their efforts to improve all aspects of a child’s emergency medical care. 
  • The National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) – www.nedarc.org
    • NEDARC provides technical assistance to EMS agencies and EMSC grantees in developing their data capabilities.  Located at the University of Utah School of Medicine, NEDARC was created in 1995 to address priorities in EMSC data collection.  NEDARC hosts annual workshops, which are attended by members of Pennsylvania’s EMSC program, to enhance the Commonwealth’s EMSC efforts through improvements in data collection, data reporting, grant writing, and social media.  NEDARC also provides direct support to Pennsylvania in collecting data for the EMSC Voluntary Recognition Program.
  • The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) - www.pecarn.org
    • PECARN is the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States. PECARN conducts high-priority, multi-institutional research on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages.