Community Paramedicine Resource Fair a Success!

Rio Rico Fire & Medical District EMS staff after a medication management training led by Kelly Boesen, Pharm D. from the AZ Poison & Drug Center, one of the partners in the HRSA grant.

Rio Rico Fire & Medical District EMS staff after a medication management training led by Kelly Boesen, Pharm D. from the AZ Poison & Drug Center, one of the partners in the HRSA grant.

SEAHEC’s collaboration with local fire departments continues to bear fruit and is gaining momentum. On February 10th, 2016, SEAHEC and the Rio Rico Fire Department held a “Resource Fair” to provide information about the resources available to the community through diverse social service agencies. Held at the RRFD Station #2, the event was covered by the Nogales International.

SEAHEC has built ongoing collaborations with the Nogales and Rio Rico fire departments to improve local health outcomes, and help our local emergency teams make efficient use of public resources. SEAHEC provides technical assistance and capacity building support to the departments, and training for EMS personnel. A recent outcome of our partnerships incude a new training curriculum for EMS staff. The curriculum provides EMS personnel with Continuing Education (CE) Credits. Topics include providing community health education, home health and safety assessments, and referrals for services.

In May 2015, SEAHEC helped the Rio Rico Fire Department obtain federal funding for a three-year Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program (CHIPP). The Resource Fair was part of the program’s community outreach strategy for improving public access to health care and information. The overall aim of the CHIP Program is to improve health outcomes, reduce emergency department visits and hospital re-admissions by increasing chronic disease knowledge, improving medication management, linking clients to community resources and educating clients on home safety. With funding from the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, SEAHEC placed health professions students from the University of Arizona with the Nogales Fire Department. The students helped NFD staff conduct a needs assessment of 911 calls relating to chronic disease. The study included an analysis of the previous year’s call data to identify frequent 911 users who could benefit from health education. This information has helped the fire department improve efficiency and staff deployment.

For more information about training for health professionals, contact Suzanne David: sdavid@seahec.org.

For more information about training opportunities for health professions students, contact Erin Sol: esol@seahec.org.

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