The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was created in 1982 through the merger of prior agencies with a goal of improving health and making care services increasingly accessible to the public. The organization works to strengthen the health workforce and communities, thus improving overall health equity.
The Emergency Medical Services for Children program is a national initiative aimed at reducing disability or death in children due to illness and injury by examining prevention and making sure children receive the highest level of emergency medical care. EMSC’s purpose is to ensure that state-of-the-art EMS are available for ill or injured children and adolescents, pediatric services are part of an EMS system with the best possible resources, and that a complete spectrum of emergency services (e.g. primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation) is provided to all children and adolescents. The program is administered by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
PECARN is the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, the first federally funded multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine in the United States. PECARN’s goal is to conduct scrupulous research while examining the prevention and management of illnesses and injuries in youth seeking emergency medicine services.