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Newsletter of the New England Rural Health RoundTable


Rural EMS Grant Provision in Bill
Recently Passed

Gary Wingrove, Mayo Medical Transport, Buffalo, Minnesota

Healing Shattered Lives:
Assessment of Selected Domestic Violence Programs in Primary Health Care Settings
The Health Care Safety Net Improvement Act of 2002 (HR 3450) passed by the House included authorization of a new program for Rural Emergency Medical Services grants. The rural EMS provision was introduced by Congressman Mark Kennedy (R-MN), and Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). While the version that passed authorizes the grants, appropriation of funding will occur under a different process. Congressman Kennedy and Senator Conrad's bills both targeted $50 million for this program. Congress will decide the final amount later.

The Act specifies that grant applicants can be a state EMS office, state EMS association, state Office of Rural Health, local government, ambulance provider, or other appropriate entity with preference given to collaborations. The funds must be used for rural EMS and can be for recruitment; training; funding state or federal certification requirements; methods to educate personnel through technology, e.g., distance learning; acquiring equipment; acquiring personal protective equipment; or to educate the public.

The Senate's version of HR3450 is S1533; it passed earlier this year. The EMS grant provisions are in both bills

The US Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and Office of Minority Health recently released "Healing Shattered Lives: Assessment of Selected Domestic Violence Programs in Primary Health Care Settings."

The publication profiles domestic violence programs at 9 HRSA-funded health centers in both urban and rural areas.

The report includes clinical protocols and program information that can be used as templates for designing similar programs in other communities.

It is available at or can be ordered from the HRSA Information Center at by calling 1-888-ASK-HRSA or

Fall 2002 Newsletter
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