Description: This panel will present examples, and pearls and pitfalls, of implementing novel community paramedicine/MIH programs. They will discuss future potential, and challenges, to this developing scope of practice.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- The participant will be able to briefly describe several Canadian examples of Community Paramedic (CP) and Mobile Integrated Heatlh (MIH) programs.
- The participant will be familiar with common definitions of these programs including the CSA standard; the evidence supporting CP as a novel scope of practice, and also its limitations.
- The participant will be provided with resources to support them in the leadership of MIH/CP programs.
- Community paramedicine provides immediate or scheduled primary, urgent, and/or specialized healthcare to vulnerable patient populations by focusing on improving equity in healthcare access across the continuum of care.
- By strategically integrating the scope and role of paramedics can be a contributing addition and asset as an enhancement to existing healthcare teams. They are not a replacement for existing healthcare teams.
- Canada is a leader in community paramedicine and there are many resources at your fingertips if you are entering this area of practice.