EMS PECC Learning Demonstration Project

KYEMSC is looking for a number of EMS agencies to provide a staff member to participate in the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) Learning Collaborative Demonstration Project.

You can read an overview of the project on this page or download a pdf version along with other relevant documents below.


In 2007, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the report “Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains” recommended that EMS agencies appoint a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), opining that pediatric coordinators are necessary to advocate for improved competencies and the availability of resources for pediatric patients. In 2016, a systematic review in Prehospital Emergency Care concluded that existing literature supports PECCs as an improvement within EMS agencies to facilitate optimal care of children in a pre-hospital setting. Established in 2016, PM EMSC02 Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) measures the percent of EMS Agencies in the state that have a designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care. Initial data collection efforts indicate that only a small number of EMS Agencies currently designate a PECC.

KYEMSC is part of a cohort of EMSC State Partnership Grant recipients participating in a Learning Collaborative that will demonstrate effective, replicable strategies to increase the number of local emergency medical services (EMS) agencies with a PECC.

It may be helpful to review the KBEMS Regional and District Map linked above before reading the following sections on the Learning and Project teams.

There will be three or four individuals on the primary Learning Team (LT). One to represent the Appalachian Region (Districts 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13), one to represent the Derby Region (Districts 5, 6, and 7), one to represent the Pennyroyal Region (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 14), and one to represent the Bluegrass Region (Districts 8 and 15). The KYEMSC Project Director may fill one of these roles depending on the outcome of the selection process and other factors. Learning Team members should be located within one of the districts of the larger region they will represent or have other significant connections within the area and the ability to coordinate project team activities within that region.

There will be 12 additional representatives, one from each district not directly represented on the Learning Team, to be Project Team (PT) members. Project Team members should be located within the district they represent of within an adjacent district and have the ability to complete project team activities.

Team Member Expectations:

Learning Team members will have two levels of participation. They will participate in the LT activities led by the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) in collaboration with other state program participants and they will participate in PT activities within Kentucky. LT activities will consist primarily of monthly conference call/webinar based meetings and one in-person workshop.

The in-person workshop will be in Austin, TX, January 31 – February 1, 2019, with anticipated travel on January 30 and February 1, 2019. Direct travel expenses, including airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and per diem, will be paid by the grant program per KCTCS policies and is in addition to the agency payment discussed later.

Project Team members (includes Learning Team members) will meet via conference call/webinar monthly to discuss and develop outreach strategies. PT members will implement the outreach strategies, working with EMS agencies in their district to increase the number of agencies with a designated PECC.

All team members will be responsible for hosting at least one in-person meeting for EMS agencies within their region/district. There may be 15 district meetings or there may be four regional meetings. Team members will collectively decide this as the project develops.


PECC Learning Collaborative Welcome Package

Coordination of Pediatric Emergency Care in EMS Systems

The Role of the Pediatrician in Rural Emergency Medical Services for Children

Physician Oversight of Pediatric Care in Emergency Medical Services


For additional information, contact Morgan Scaggs, 859-256-3583, morgan.scaggs@kctcs.edu