This month, EMS World author Matt Zavadsky provided an interesting look at the differences between community health workers (CHW) and their EMS-based counterparts, community paramedics (CP). CHW programs are soaring in popularity and legitimacy. CP programs, meanwhile, have experienced slower growth and more reimbursement challenges. Zavadsky suggests that the answer for CP growth may be in cross certifying these EMS professionals as community health workers, thereby combining the clinical competencies of CP’s with the CHW’s evidence-based intervention capabilities. Read the full article here.
Unfortunately, the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse night club earlier this month has, once again, underscored the dangers that emergency responders are forced to encounter as part of their commitment to serving our communities. These dangers are certainly not isolated to law enforcement officers as fire and emergency medical responders are also often in the line of fire.