iEMSC Monthly Newsletter – March 2021


Indiana’s response rate is 63.5%! The assessment closes next Friday.

The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of EMS agencies in our state to treat ill or injured children, specifically in regards to the use of pediatric specific equipment and the coordination of pediatric care.

Questions, please reach out to State EMS Division-District Managers or iEMSC.


The National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment is anticipated to launch the week of May 3, 2021-anticipated closure the week of July 26, 2021. iEMSC is identifying contacts at each Emergency Department to complete the assessment. Please visit​​​​​​​ Additional communication will be in this newsletter and social media.


iEMSC will be accepting nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana. Do you know someone that goes above and beyond for children or has done something extraordinary for a child? If so, please nominate that pediatric hero! You can nominate by completing this nomination form and emailing to Margo Knefelkamp via email at


Application packets are available. Interested hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.orgor phone 317-630-7742 office, and 317-523-4636 mobile. Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as “Pediatric Ready” or “Pediatric Advanced.”

Educational Opportunities

  • Do you have an educational event in the near future? Please contact iEMSC, to notify of your upcoming pediatric training opportunities or pediatric related event.
  • Handtevy Instructor Course Date TBD.

Quarterly Pediatric Emergency Care
Coordinator Newsletter

This newsletter focuses on the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) role and will highlight different tools and resources to help support this important position. Please take a moment to view this quarter’s newsletter and to forward it along to your colleagues. If you would like to start receiving this newsletter please email



The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) is accepting grant applications to provide first responders in rural counties intranasal naloxone. Only first responders who provide services in rural counties are eligible to receive the naloxone doses. The following types of agencies (paid or volunteer) are considered first responders under this grant: law enforcement, fire, EMS agencies, corrections, parole officers and schools. Please review the grant announcement for additional information: FR Naloxone.

First responder agencies in non-rural counties, should reach out to their county health departments to see if they can receive naloxone through the county health department grant.

Please email Cassidy McNamee if you have any questions:

Special Interest


Eligible applicants from rural EMS agencies are encouraged to submit applications before March 18, 2021

EMS organizations planning on applying for a Rural EMS Training Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment must submit applications by March 18. SAMHSA plans on awarding up to $5.5 million in awards to help eligible agencies recruit and train personnel. More information is available on SAMHSA’s website.

In recognition of the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country, SAMHSA plans on funding up to 27 projects, with a maximum of $200,000 per grant awardee. Eligible applicants include rural EMS agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based and non-fire based) and non-profit EMS agencies.

Education and Pediatric Related Events


Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care Course. Indiana EMSC and the Indiana Department of Education are pleased to announce the Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care course. This course is a hybrid course with an online portion to be completed prior to attending a one-day in-person training. Online training modules include topics such as:

  • The School Nurse Role in Emergency Care
  • Legal Issues in Nursing
  • Assessment and Triage
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Abdominal and Genitourinary Emergencies
  • EENT and Dental Emergencies
  • Emergencies Involving Mental or Behavioral Health
  • School Emergency Response and Crisis Management
  • In person training TBD.

Child Passenger Safety Technician Scholarship Program: The Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Scholarship Program, sponsored through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, is dedicated to preventing injuries and trauma throughout Indiana. Through the Maternal Child and Health Services (TITLE 5) grant, recipients can be reimbursed up to $250 for participating in a training course to become a CPST. The CPST Scholarship Program funds must be used towards any fees related to the training class, including: the cost of the class; travel; lodging; parking services; or any equipment needed in order to attend the class. For more information about this program, please contact Paravdeep Nijjar, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for ISDH. Click here for more information.

TRAINING – The Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health Online Pediatrics in Disasters Course. Although a quarter of the world’s population is under the age of five, 50 percent of the victims of man-made and natural disasters are children. Children are vulnerable in disasters for physiological, psychological and developmental reasons. Too often medical staff is ill-prepared for pediatric triage and emergency stabilization in terms of knowledge and experience, as well as equipment and supplies. The Pediatrics in Disaster training program trains health care providers to prioritize life-saving care for children in disasters. Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, pediatricians and other health professionals must ensure that local, regional and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents. Click here to register.

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