Community paramedicine thought leaders gathered at the inaugural CP 360 Community Paramedicine Conference in Maine this week, including Dr. Michael Wilcox, MD, FACEP, FAAFP and Kai Hjermstad, AAS, NREMT-P, CP, lead authors of the new Community Health Paramedicine textbook from Jones & Bartlett Learning. Mike and Kai contributed greatly to the conference’s discussion on how community paramedics can help fill a huge gap in the health care system in the United States: responding to the health care needs of underserved communities and ultimately improving the quality of life and health in these populations.
Community paramedicine programs assign community paramedics to work directly with patients and to collaborate with a dedicated network of health care providers to address minor and chronic health problems within their communities, reduce hospital readmissions, prevent unnecessary ambulance transports, and keep patients where they want to be: in their homes. In their home state of Minnesota, Mike and Kai have successfully established and grown the community paramedicine program, improving the lives of countless patients. They are dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise with new programs across the country to assist this rapidly growing profession to change patient’s lives.
With significant contributions from respected community paramedicine pioneers and experts from across the country, Jones & Bartlett Learning is thrilled to be working alongside Mike, Kai, and Al Benney NREMT-P, STP to develop the first-ever Community Paramedicine textbook and learning resources. Keep an eye out for its much-anticipated release in December 2016!