A new toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub aims to help rural communities develop community paramedicine and mobile health programs. Community paramedicine is a health-care delivery field in which paramedics and emergency medical technicians become certified to provide more in-depth services to patients, a great boon for patients far from hospitals.
The guide also serves to inform journalists who want to learn more about and cover such programs, especially since it discusses the unique challenges rural communities face in implementing them.
The Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit compiles emerging practices and resources, highlighting successful existing programs. It also offers guidance on implementing, evaluating, disseminating and sustaining such programs.