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Community Health EMS

Community Health EMS is an innovative model for providing quality primary care and preventative services in a community. By utilizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to provide services, it employs a currently available and often underutilized healthcare resource.

Primary care providers refer patients to EMS personnel to provide services in the patient’s home. The EMS personnel use skills and interventions that are within their current scope of practice including: hospital discharge follow-up, medication reconciliation, wound care, etc. Those EMS personnel then communicate back to the primary care provider to ensure accountability and oversight.

In rural areas, EMS personnel acting in this expanded role can provide health services where access to primary care facilities may be limited or non-existent. Community Health EMS can, in many cases, be a medically underserved community’s only access to basic healthcare.

Idaho’s EMS Advisory Committee has recently formed a Community Health EMS Subcommittee, tasked with exploring and gathering information on this topic. This webpage will be clearinghouse for resources, documents and materials on Community Health EMS.

More information on Community Health EMS

International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine Trip Report

The Idaho Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) voted to create a Community Health EMS (CHEMS) Subcommittee in 2012.  The charge was to have more discussion and become more educated on the Community Health EMS concept.  Community Health was a term that was created to allow for Paramedics, Intermediate Life Support (ILS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) personnel that may target gaps in their rural or urban healthcare community.  The subcommittee has facilitated great discussion over the years and also received presentations on best practices from the national and state level. 

In October of 2014 a CHEMS task force was generated to allow for the CHEMS subcommittee to meet in between the tri-annual EMSAC meetings to further develop a CHEMS program.  The announcement of the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) model test award announced in December of 2014 carves out a component to provide education and training for 52 EMS providers over the next 4 years.  The CHEMS task force is looking forward to working with the Bureaus of EMS & Preparedness, Rural Health and Primary Care to further define the roles of EMS and their integration into the public healthcare system.

The next CHEMS task force planning meeting will be held:

Date: June 23rd, 2015 
Time: 0900-1600
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
7699 W Spectrum St.
Boise, Idaho

This meeting is open to the public, a working lunch will be provided for CHEMS Task Force members only.

EMSAC is held on June 24th -25Th at the Hilton Garden Inn.

If you have any questions, please email

EMSAC Presentations

October 2013
June 2014
October 2014
February 2015

Ada County Paramedic webpage
Ada County Community Paramedic Program Update-March 2014
Ada County Community Paramedic Program Update-December 2014

For more information about the Ada County Paramedics Community Health EMS Program contact Mark Babson at