The EMSC NRC works to promote EMS and trauma system development at local, state, regional, and national levels to adequately prepare for the care of children. This work is primarily accomplished through proactively assisting EMSC Program grant managers, EMS directors, health care providers, clinical researchers, parents, teachers, and other child health advocates in their efforts to improve all aspects of children's emergency medical care.

Specifically, the EMSC NRC:
  • Provides Consultation and Resource Development Support to EMSC Program Grantees. The EMSC NRC provides assistance to EMSC grantees in the following focused areas: (1) identification of resources and model programs, (2) development of interfacility transfer guidelines/agreements and facility designation, (3) development of legislation and regulation, and (4) design and dessimination of products and resources.
  • Maintains Partnerships with National and Professional Organizations. The EMSC NRC currently works with more than 20 national and professional organizations to identify and address the key issues affecting EMSC, including, but not limited to: managed care, disaster preparedness, quality improvement, children with special health care needs, mental health, family-centered care, and cultural diversity. The Center develops national task forces and publishes comprehensive reports drawing attention to many of these critical issues.
  • Collaborates with Federal Organizations. In keeping with the EMSC Program’s commitment to research, the EMSC NRC collaborates with numerous federal agencies to improve the quality and quantity of EMSC research, to foster collaboration between federal agencies in highlighting EMSC research topics during development of research agendas, and to reduce barriers to the production of high-quality EMSC research. The EMSC NRC also collaborates with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States.
  • Serves as an Informational Clearinghouse. The EMSC NRC maintains a comprehensive database of publications and products that have been created using EMSC federal funds. Most of these products are available, free of charge, downloadable documents. The EMSC NRC also publishes toolboxes, a collection of information and resources on a specific topic currently of interest to the EMSC community, and distributes the electronic newsletter EMSC QuickNews.
  • Plans the EMSC Program Meeting/Program Managers Meeting. Each year, the EMSC Program holds a meeting in late Spring/early Summer. On even years, the meeting involves all EMSC grant types: Targeted Issue, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, State Partnership, and State Partnership Regionalization of Care. On odd years, the meeting focuses on the latter two grant types.
  • Supports Federal EMSC Program Staff. The EMSC NRC is often assigned special projects to assist federal staff in the management and evaluation of overall EMSC Program goals and activities. In the past, these have included: developing performance measures that are specific to the EMSC Program; creating reports for national distribution (e.g., the 10-year retrospective report, the 20-year report, the five-year plan, and the three-year strategic plan); organizing webcasts; and assembling “how-to” guides to assist grantees with specific project tasks, such as establishing effective leadership within the state.
  • Oversees the EMSC Family Advisory Network. The EMSC Family Advisory Network (FAN) is an alliance of family representatives who support state EMSC program staff by sharing their expertise and life experiences as consumers of the EMS system.