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EMS on the Hill: A Day to Advocate on Behalf of Emergency Medical Services

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

On April 11, emergency medical technicians and paramedics from across the country come together to meet with Members of Congress and their staff about issues affecting Emergency Medical Services in the [link url=”http://www.naemt.org/events/ems-on-the-hill-day” title=”National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) EMS on the Hill Day.”]

[link url=”https://www.ems.gov/whatisems.html” title=”Emergency Medical Services”] (EMS) is not typically a hot-button policy area – certainly not in the way we might see inflammatory issues with gun control or abortion.  However, EMS is one of the most important pieces of any community, yet it is often one of the forgotten policy initiatives. EMS is often coupled with health care policy, but the issues affecting EMS are often more complicated than this. It is an issue area that spans homeland security, emergency management, local governance, medicare and health care. Further, it is an important policy area that needs congressional conversation and discussion.

[link url=”http://www.naemt.org/events/ems-on-the-hill-day” title=”EMS on the Hill”] is an event that is not only important to the EMS profession, but is important in helping to make EMS more effective at the federal, state and local levels of government.

EMS on the Hill Day

EMS on the Hill is an event sponsored by the [link url=”http://www.naemt.org/” title=”National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians”]. The event is under a decade old but has been very effective in furthering the conversation about EMS in Congress.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians has worked to set up meetings for all of the EMS on the Hill Day participants in the offices of Members of Congress and their staff. In the first sessions of EMS on the Hill, participants will learn about the various pieces of legislation they’ll be discussing in these meetings during a briefing event.  On April 11, the program participants will meet in individual meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss these pieces of legislation. These meetings are critical to furthering the conversation about the issues affecting Emergency Medical Services. Additionally, EMS on the Hill Day is also a chance to network with other Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics – creating more opportunities for conversations to take place – an important piece of fixing some of the issues EMS is seeing across the country.

EMS on the Hill is an incredibly important event for EMS professionals and practitioners. More articles in EDM Digest this week will focus on the various pieces of legislation Congress is reviewing that will have an enormous impact on Emergency Medical Services.

Allison G. S. Knox teaches in the fire science and emergency management departments at American Military University and American Public University. Focusing on emergency management and emergency medical services policy, she often writes and advocates about these issues. Allison serves as the At-Large Director of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Secretary & Chair of the TEMS Committee with the International Public Safety Association and as Chancellor of the Southeast Region on the Board of Trustees with Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. Prior to teaching, she worked for a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. and in a Level One trauma center emergency department. Passionate about the policy issues surrounding emergency management and emergency medical services, Allison often researches, writes and advocates about these issues. Allison is an emergency medical technician and holds four master’s degrees.

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