About EMSC

The History of EMS for Children

In 1973, after learning the benefits of rapid stabilization and transport of soldiers in Vietnam and Korea to well-equipped trauma centers, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Act provided federal guidelines and over $300 million in funding to develop regional EMS systems across the United States.

But in the beginning, they didn’t know that children had special needs in emergencies. Once it became clear that they did, four men worked together to sponsor the first Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) legislation, which passed in 1984.

  • Calvin Sia, MD, president of the Hawaii Medical Association
  • Senator Daniel Inouye, (D) Hawaii
  • Senator Orrin Hatch, (R) Utah
  • Senator Lowell Weicker, (R) Connecticut

The Federal EMS for Children Program

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) administers the Federal EMS for Children Program (EMSC).

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, manages the program. HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau administers the Federal EMS for Children Program.

For more information about the program – when it was created, why it was established, what it has accomplished, and what it hopes to achieve in the future – consult the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC).

Since its establishment, the EMSC program has provided grant funding to:

  • All 50 States
  • the District of Columbia
  • Five U.S. Territories

Within EMSC are individual state programs— one for each state.

Minnesota Emergency Medical Services for Children

The Minnesota Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS for Children or EMSC) Program was established in 1996 to help improve the pediatric emergency care infrastructure throughout Minnesota.

EMS for Children is a federally funded statewide collaborative program between Children’s Minnesota and the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live or travel in our state, receive the best appropriate care in a health emergency. We accomplish this by promoting optimal care for pediatric acute illness and injury through prevention, advocacy, resources, and education, along with facilitating collaboration among families, EMS, hospitals, leadership, and community organizations.

There are also regional coalitions, such as Heartland EMS for Children Coalition (HECC), which includes: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

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Minnesota EMSC Staff

Kjelsey Polzin
Program Manager, Chair of HECC

Paula Fink Kocken, MD
Medical Director

Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

2021 Advisory Committee Meetings

  • January 28
  • April 15
  • July 14
  • October 13

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to attend one of our upcoming meetings.

Advisory Committee

EMSC utilizes an Advisory Committee to advise program activity and achievement of federal Performance Measures in Minnesota.

  • Chris Ballard, RN, EMT-P
  • Julia Bennett, MA, BAN, RN, LSN
  • Anna DePompolo, MD
  • Dan DeSmet, NREMT-P*
  • Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN
  • Kirk Hughes, RN, EMT-B, CSPI
  • Paula Kocken, MD*
  • Tracy Larsen, MS, RN*
  • James Levi, NREMT-P
  • Mark Mannenbach, MD
  • Kjelsey Polzin, BHS*
  • Charles Soucheray, NREMT-P
  • Tony Spector**
  • Ashely Strobel, MD, FACEP
  • Marie Sullivan, APRN, CNS
  • Cori Sybrant, RN
  • Melissa Winger*

* Required per EMSC Performance Measure #08

Connecting You With Pediatric Emergency Resources

Visit our resources section to learn more about the tools we provide to EMS Providers, Hospitals and community members to ensure children have the best chance of surviving a medical emergency.