EMS News Reports: Panel Selected to Facilitate Development of EMS Agenda 2050

Ten members will engage the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community in creating a vision for nation’s EMS.  What could be the role of EMS in our nation’s healthcare, public health, and public safety systems in three decades? What do we have to do now to make that happen? EMS Agenda 2050, a two-year project with a mission to write a new Agenda for the Future, has selected 10 members to serve as the Technical Expert Panel (TEP), which will work with the EMS community to answer these and other questions.

The panel will take ideas and suggestions from the EMS, public safety, and healthcare communities, as well as the general public, to create a path for a comprehensive system of emergency care integrated with the broader healthcare continuum. The 10 TEP members bring to the project diverse backgrounds and perspectives, including experience at local, state and national levels, a history of innovative thinking and a passion for making a difference in the lives of patients and providers. 

The members of the EMS Agenda 2050 TEP are:

  • Derek Bergsten, MPA, CFO, CEMSO, MIFIreE, Fire Chief, Rockford Fire Department (Rockford, IL)
  • Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS, Medical Director, Los Angeles County EMS Agency (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Andy Gienapp, MS, NRP, Manager, Wyoming Office of EMS, Wyoming Department of Health (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA)
  • William Leggio, EdD, NRP, Paramedic Program Coordinator and Clinical Faculty, Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
  • Grace Mandel, MPH, EMT, Project Manager, Baltimore City Department of Health (Baltimore, MD)
  • Kevin G. Munjal, MD, MPH, MSCR, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY)
  • Kyra Neeley, M.Ed., EMT-P, Lieutenant, Fire Commissioner Liaison, Fire Department of New York EMS (New York, NY)
  • Ernesto Rodriguez, MA, EMT-P, Chief, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (Austin, TX)
  • YiDing Yu, MD, Founder and CEO, Twiage; Instructor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA)

The TEP will serve as the core team that facilitates the development of the new Agenda, responsible for drafting a vision for the future of EMS based on stakeholder and community input. The EMS Agenda 2050 team will host multiple opportunities for the community to provide input and feedback, including in-person meetings held in four cities across the country in late 2017 and early 2018, as well as webinars, conference sessions and association meetings. Anyone with ideas for EMS Agenda 2050 is also encouraged to share them via the project website, emsagenda2050.org.

EMS Agenda 2050 is supported by funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS, the EMS for Children program at the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs.

For more information about EMS Agenda 2050, please visit emsagenda2050.org.