COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE PROGRAM TO HOST CONFERENCE

Hennepin Technical College will be hosting its first Community Paramedic Conference, in Bloomington, MN, on October 23 and 24, 2014. The conference, taking place at the Embassy Suites - Minneapolis Airport Hotel, is expected to attract over 100 attendees from across the region, to learn about new Community Paramedicine education, legislation and implementation.

The conference will feature many speakers from Minnesota, who were instrumental in the origination and creation of the Minnesota Community Paramedicine bill, which was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on April 6, 2011. This legislation created a new certification for emergency medical technician -- Emergency Medical Technicians-Community Paramedics (EMT-CP). Studies have shown that the community paramedic model saves money by helping citizens and communities overcome barriers preventing them from accessing health services, and many states are following suit.

Conference speakers include Minnesota Senator Julie Rosen, Buck McAlpin, Director of Government Affairs for North Memorial Health Care and Ambulance Services, and Mark Shoenbaum, Director of the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care for the Minnesota Department of Health. Presentations will focus on sharing the key elements of the history, origins, purpose, and successful implementation of the Community Paramedicine Minnesota model.

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