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Oregon Emergency Medical Services for Children was established in 1984 and is a State Partnership Grantee of the Health Resources and Services Administration EMSC program. The Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems program is the lead agency for EMSC in Oregon.
Across the nation, the EMS for Children initiative is designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury.
Goals include ensuring that:
  • Excellent emergency medical care is available for all ill or injured children and adolescents;
  • Pediatric services are well integrated into an emergency medical services system; and
  • The entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, are provided to children and adolescents.
Activities include: 
  • Pediatric high-fidelity simulation training for rural pre-hospital and hospital providers
  • Pediatric equipment distribution
  • Assessments of pediatric emergency care
  • Continuing pediatric education for providers through grants and conferences
  • Assisting hospitals and EMS agencies in improving trauma care for children
  • Collaboration with partners to support injury prevention, EMS research, disaster preparedness, family-centered care, and EMS for children with special health care needs
  • Work with the Oregon EMS for Children Advisory Committee  


Performance Measures

In 2005, the federal EMSC program implemented baseline performance measures to address gaps in pediatric emergency care as identified in the Institute of Medicine’s Report Growing Pains (2006).  

The Oregon EMSC program is part of the National Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. All state grantees are required to document activities and accomplishments by annually reporting on ten performance measures.
 Pre-hospital related performance measures
 Hospital related performance measures
​Systems Improvement performance measures
  • Pediatric emergency education requirements
  • Permanence of EMSC: committee, representation, and staffing
  • Permanence of EMSC: statute and regulation


Links and Resources


Advisory Committee

Visit the EMSC Advisory Committee page for members, recommendations and meeting information.