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EMSC 2900 - Role of the Community Paramedic

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab None
Course Description: This course explores the role of the Community Paramedic and how it is integrated into the primary care and public health systems. Students will explore the roles of other healthcare providers who are part of the healthcare home team.  This course requires current State Paramedic certification with 2 years full-time experience or equivalent.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): EMSC 2910 ; EMSC 2920 ; and EMSC 2930  
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills. Basic internet based data entry. Online course navigation.

Major Content
  1. Scope of Paramedicine
    1. History and future
    2. Components of community paramedicine
    3. Health care team relationships
    4. Patient advocacy
    5. Regulations and Reimbursement
  2. Role in Public Health
    1. Health promotion activities.
    2. Injury prevention
    3. Chronic disease management
    4. Risk mitigation strategies
    5. Financial impact upon system
  3. Social and environmental determinants
    1. Social ecology model
    2. Health status indicators
    3. Related social characteristics
    4. Organizational policies
    5. Regulations and laws on health behavior
  4. Care Plans and Cultural Factors
    1. Define cultures
    2. Casual factors in healthcare status
    3. Risks of stereotyping d. Cultural factors

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply the appropriate risk mitigation strategies for an individual based on the social determinants of health as presented in a case study.
  2. critique the Community Paramedic role in public health and primary care from both the financial and health perspectives.
  3. define key points in the different relationships they will have with members of the healthcare team, including both healthcare and social services.
  4. define patient advocacy and liaison work.
  5. describe chronic disease management utilized by public health agencies.
  6. describe health promotion activities associated with their roles in overall community based public health efforts.
  7. describe injury prevention activities utilized by public health agencies.
  8. describe the Community Paramedic scope of practice.
  9. design an integrated individual care plan that demonstrates the interrelationships among cultural factors and patient and community health plans.
  10. design talking points that explain the “scope of practice” to community and medical stakeholders.
  11. discuss the history and future of their role as it relates to a medical team service provider.
  12. identify the social and environmental determinants of health as it relates to the management of chronic diseases common to the local patient base.
  13. investigate the financial impact of the Community Paramedic upon healthcare payers.
  14. outline current Minnesota-specific legislation that impacts the certification and reimbursement of Community Paramedics.
  15. describe the correlation between heath status indicators and the individual characteristics of the patient population.
  16. design an evaluation plan that measures the financial impact of the Community Paramedic program on the cost of patient disease management. discuss the social ecology model and the determinants of health.
  17. identify social characteristics that are correlated with health status indicators.
  18. describe a broad definition of culture as it applies to providing services.
  19. identify the impact of organizational policies, societal regulations, and laws on health behaviors.
  20. predict how the divide between culture and individual identity contributes to causal factors in health care status.
  21. recognize the risks of stereotyping in the context of creating patient care plans.
  22. identify cultural factors that play a significant role in the use of EMS and tie them to an intervention or re-education strategy

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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