Several regional meetings will be held in the coming weeks to address the challenges that the present EMS system is currently facing in North Dakota. These meetings are an opportunity for numerous stakeholders to work together in identifying how we can move forward and face the unique challenges of our rural state.
Our EMS system is not alone in facing these challenges. EMS systems across the country are facing similar challenges, including the decline in the largest subsidy for care (volunteer providers), funding, transport reimbursement, pending regulations, training, and the difficulty in transition to EMS integration into the healthcare system.
Upcoming regional meetings include Minot on May 24, Grand Forks on May 31, Jamestown on June 7, Ray on June 14, and the final meeting will be held in Fargo on July 19th. CLICK here for meeting locations and to RSVP to attend. These meetings are FREE of charge, and interested community members are encouraged to attend.
These regional meetings have two purposes: 1) to gather input from stakeholders, and 2) to provide information to the public and other stakeholders on the challenges the EMS system is facing.
As AHA advocates, it is vitally important that we bring our voices and our ideas to these meetings. Please let me know if you plan to attend one of these regional meetings so we are aware of AHA participation.
Rural EMS is facing significant challenges in our state. We value the opportunity to work together with our stakeholder partners and advocates to find solutions for our state.