The North Dakota Department of EMS, the North Dakota EMS Association, along with other partners, including the American Heart Association, are hosting regional meetings across North Dakota 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.
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.
The next regional meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24th in Minot at the Trinity Riverside Education Center, 1900 8th Ave. SE, at 6:00 pm. For further details, and to RSVP for this FREE event, CLICK HERE.
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 the meeting in Minot 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.