We identify strategies for attracting and cultivating underrepresented minorities to the practice of EMS medicine and developing mentorship programs to support, encourage and build a new generation of educators, researchers and leaders through diversity and inclusion.
Position Statement and Resource Document
EMS can play a vital role in examining and reducing health disparities through educational, operational, and quality improvement interventions. This position statement focuses on systemic racism and health disparities in EMS patient care and systems by providing multifaceted next steps and priorities to address these disparities and workforce development.
Existing research demonstrates continued underrepresentation of women and nonwhite personnel in the EMS workforce and raises concerns for pervasive negative workplace experiences that further perpetuate this underrepresentation.
Existing research highlights health disparities in EMS care delivery throughout multiple health outcomes and phases of EMS care. Future research is needed to identify structured mechanisms to eliminate disparities, address clinician bias, and provide high-quality equitable care for all patient populations.
Watch the recordings of our two-part series on diversity, equity and inclusion in EMS: Building the Foundation to Discuss Race & Health Disparities in EMS, which includes a list of anti-racism resources, and Cultivating A Culturally Competent Culture: Building Diverse and Inclusive EMS Agencies, which includes a template for making a diversity, equity and inclusion plan for your agency.
Members of our DEI Committee discussed the scoping reviews on diversity, equity and inclusion in the U.S. EMS workforce and disparies and EMS care delivery on a panel hosted by the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Committee Panel. Watch the recording.
NAEMSP Prehospital Emergency Care Podcast
Recorded at the NAEMSP 2023 Annual Meeting, this episode of NAEMSP’s PEC podcast takes a deep dive into our Essential Principles to Create an Equitable, Inclusive, and Diverse EMS Workforce and Work Environment position statement. Hear from inaugural & Immediate Past DEI Committee Chair Sylvia Owuwu-Ansah, MD MPH FAAP; inaugural & Immediate Past DEI Committee Vice Chair Rickquel Tripp, MD MPH CDR USN; and current DEI Committee Co-Chair Ameera Haamid MD:
EMS One-Stop with Rob Lawrence
NAEMSP DEI Committee Co-Chairs Anjni Joiner and Ameera Haamid and committee members Andra Farcas and Jordan Rudman discussed the DEI Committee’s scoping reviews on the podcast EMS One-Stop with Rob Lawrence.
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