Community paramedicine is an emerging healthcare profession. It allows paramedics to operate in expanded roles to provide healthcare services to underserved populations. It is a way to improve rural emergency medical services (EMS) as well as address the healthcare needs of the community. Some rural patients lack access to primary care, and misuse 911 services in an attempt to access emergency departments for routine healthcare. This is demanding on volunteer EMS personnel in rural areas and causes strains on the workforce. Working in a primary care role, community paramedics can meet the needs of such individuals, as well as others in the community, in a more efficient and proactive way.” In addition, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians has a plethora of information on their website. Click here to read more about Community Paramedicine.
The Emergency Medical program at New River CTC is accepting applications for a Community Paramedicine Course at the Greenbrier Valley Campus. The course will be offered on Fridays beginning January 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a 26-week course and it costs $2,000. Students must be a certified paramedic to enroll. Click here to fill out the online form through WorkForce.