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#RuralHealthChat: Community Paramedicine

The Rural Health Information Hub (@ruralhealthinfo) hosted a Twitter chat on July 11, 2018 at 1 pm CDT on Community Paramedicine. The RHIhub was joined by expert co-hosts to discuss the community paramedicine model and how it can benefit rural communities.

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IT'S STARTING! Follow our Twitter chat on #CommunityParamedicine using the #RuralHealthChat hashtag!

Welcome to #RuralHealthChat! We're excited to begin! If you're joining our conversation, say hello and introduce yourself!

Welcome! I’m Gary Wingrove, government relations specialist at Mayo Clinic Medical Transport and chair of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine #RuralHealthChat

Hello from SC! Thrilled to be joining representing @scruralhealth and the Palmetto State #RuralHealthChat

Hey my name is Andy Gienapp. I’m the State EMS Director for Wyoming. So honored to be participating in this chat, and thank you RHI for the opportunity!

Welcome to our #CommunityParamedicine #RuralHealthChat Co-hosts: Andy Gienapp (@AndyGienapp) from the Wyoming Department of Health, Melinda Merrell (@onlywayiknow) from the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, & Gary Wingrove (@GaryWingrove) from Mayo Clinic Medical Transport!

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Q1: What is #CommunityParamedicine? #RuralHealthChat

A1: A model of care where paramedics apply their training and skills in non-traditional community-based environments outside of the usual emergency response/transport model. #RuralHealthChat

A1: The community paramedic practices in an expanded role; working in non-traditional roles using existing skills. #RuralHealthChat

We like to say they are the "eyes and ears" of physicians out in the field #RuralHealthChat

That's a great way to think about it! #RuralHealthChat

A1: “Paramedics” in the international context includes EMTs and AEMTs in the USA. #RuralHealthChat

A1: From the Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future: An organized system of services, based on local need, which are provided by EMTs and Paramedics integrated into the local or regional health care system... #RuralHealthChat

In simplest terms, it’s the use of EMTs and paramedics to provide non-emergency healthcare. But deeper than that is a paradigm shift about how we conceptualize the work that EMS providers can and should do. #RuralHealthChat

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Q2: Why is #CommunityParamedicine a useful model in #rural areas? #RuralHealthChat

A2: Rural access to healthcare is limited. CAHs are closing. The public trusts paramedics (including EMTs and AEMTs). #RuralHealthChat

A2: Rural CP programs have emerged due to the effects of health reform. Paramedics are flexible and have broad scope of practice. #RuralHealthChat

A2: In rural, resources are limited. Community Paramedics know where to find these resources and use their knowledge of the health system for their patients' benefit #RuralHealthChat

A2: Rural EMS providers also typically grew up where they practice, making them excellent navigators of community resources #RuralHealthChat

Good point! You can't overestimate that local knowledge! #RuralHealthChat

The biggest problem facing rural America in healthcare is the lack of access…there isn’t enough of anything in rural areas. Generally, that means that patients have to travel long distances to receive care. CP won’t solve all of that, but it will help. #RuralHealthChat

Yes. Using #CommunityParamedics to provide this care is a great common sense solution. #RuralHealthChat

A2: In many of our small, rural towns, the EMS folks may be the only healthcare providers who live there. Using them to help ease the healthcare burden makes a lot of sense.#RuralHealthChat

Yes. Using #CommunityParamedics to provide this care is a great common sense solution. #RuralHealthChat