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Community Healthcare Emergency Cooperative

The following is information referenced from the Community Healthcare Emergency Cooperative (CHEC). CHEC does not represent all Community Paramedic interests but does represent most community paramedic education programs grounded in higher education

OBJECTIVES OF CHEC:

To address the critical shortages of health care professionals and services in rural and remote areas, the Community Healthcare and Emergency Cooperative is proposing a response to these communities.  This response is the opportunity to train and place health care professionals in these remote communities.  The Community Paramedic (CP) will not replace existing health care services, but would fill the gaps revealed by examining each community.   The CP will identify the needs in these underserved communities and develop a method to better serve them, ultimately improving the quality of life and health of rural and remote citizens.

ROLE

Community Paramedics are members of a distinct community and they play an important role by assessing and evaluating community services and systems to identify gaps between the community and healthcare systems and services.  The CP navigates and establishes systems to better serve communities and clients.  They help individuals and communities overcome barriers which prevent them from accessing and benefiting from health services.  They serve as advocates, facilitators, liaisons, community brokers and resource coordinators.  Community Paramedics are also trained as direct service providers which will ensure basic and advanced levels of care appropriate to prevention, emergencies, evaluation, triage, disease management and basic oral and mental health. The CP will ensure the overall goal of mentoring and empowering clients, communities and healthcare systems to achieve positive outcomes and to reach the optimal level of wellness for everyone. 

TRAINING

The community paramedic will receive standardized training – training that is consistent internationally yet can be modified for each community, state and nation.  The curriculum will be matched to meet the needs of local communities through a standardized multi-module delivery model.   This position will also be developed to serve as a basic foundation for  an established pathway which will articulate into higher levels of Paramedic training and other health professionals.  The length of the training will be dependent on the level of the student entering the program.  The estimated hours for the foundational skills are approximately 100 hours and the estimated hours for the clinical foundation are based on past training and could range from 15 to 146 hours.