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Ten Rural Communities Receive MiResCu Community Awards 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) face numerous challenges in responding to the needs of rural communities.  The Michigan Rural EMS Network was formed to help rural EMS professionals address these challenges in Michigan. 

In September 2014 Michigan Rural EMS Network received two federal grants from the Office of Rural Health Policy for its cardiac arrest initiative, the Michigan Resuscitation Consortium (MiResCu).  From there, the MiResCu Community Award program was established.  In its first cycle, the MiResCu Community Award program will provide support for  organizations in 22 rural counties across Michigan.   These communities will receive assistance to implement strategies that have been proven to increase cardiac arrest survival.  The MiResCu Community model is based on the system that was developed by the Resuscitation Academy, and first initiated in Seattle/King County Washington.  Today, someone who suffers cardiac arrest in King County is 4 to 5 times more likely to survive.  In 2013, Seattle/King County achieved a 62% survival rate for cardiac arrest in witnessed ventricular fibrillation, among the highest reported survival rates in the world.  Through MiResCu Community awards, the Michigan Rural EMS Network will provide the support needed to help rural communities increase their survival rates from cardiac arrest. 

In January 2015, the Michigan Rural EMS Network received fifteen eligible applications for assistance.  Applications represented more than 548,000 rural residents.  An objective review panel assessed community need, readiness, and available resources to determine award levels.  The communities that were selected will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on February 27, 2015 at the EMS Summit held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI. 

The support provided through the awards varies depending on application scoring results, and will include one or more of the following: High-Performance CPR (HP-CPR) Trainer Certification, HP-CPR provider courses, AED placement and registries, training for dispatch and law enforcement, and support for community education and events.  All awards include a variety of technical assistance in developing a community team, implementing system change, establishing a cardiac registry, and evaluating the impact on cardiac arrest survival rates.   Communities will kick off their initiative through training at the first annual Michigan Resuscitation Academy to be held on March 20, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant.  Two additional award cycles are planned over the next two years.  For information about this initiative contact Mark Becmer, MiResCu Community Outreach Coordinator atmark@mirescu.org and (231) 350-3447 or Vincent Schwartz, MiResCu Training Coordinator at Vinnie@mirescu.org and
(810) 844-1446.  For information about other rural EMS programs and initiatives, contact info@mirems.org
 
HRSA Rural AED Grant: Federal funding provides 100% of program costs, or $150,000 per year.
HRSA Network Development Grant: Federal funding provides 80% of total program costs, or $300,000 per year.
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