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NHTSA Releases EMS Workforce Document

03/31/10  Online

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) ha released the document: EMS Workforce for the 21st Century: A National Assessment.

NHTSA, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Emergency Medical Services for Children program, entered into an agreement with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to undertake this first step in addressing the nation's EMS workforce issues.  UCSF, which has considerable experience with allied health workforce studies, conducted a systematic assessment of the national prehospital EMS workforce.  This assessment, guided by a steering committee and by EMS stakeholder organizations, involved interviews, key stakeholder meetings and a rigorous assessment of existing data and research.

The assessment describes the national EMS workforce, while also elucidating the absence of consistent, nation-wide EMS workforce data. It will be paramount in guiding future strategies aimed at assuring the stability of the EMS workforce and in designing national EMS workforce data system improvements. Currently, the assessment is being used to guide development of the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future, a document that will establish a vision for the future of the nation's EMS workforce.  Information on this ongoing project is available at www.emsworkforce.com.

For any questions about this project or other initiatives, you may contact Gam Wijetunge via e-mail () or phone (202-493-2793).