Community paramedicine is a locally designed, community-based, collaborative model of care that leverages the skills of paramedics and emergency medical services (EMS) systems to take advantage of collaborations between EMS and other health care and social service providers. Community paramedics receive specialized training in addition to general paramedicine training and work within a designated program under local medical control as part of a community-based team of health and social services providers.
The resources below provide an overview of this emerging field in California.
Community Paramedicine: A Promising Model for Integrating Emergency and Primary Care
A brief history of EMS systems and paramedicine in California, a broad overview of the development of community paramedicine in other states and countries, a summary of current perspectives on CP in the state based on interviews with key stakeholders, and a discussion of the barriers to implementing CP programs in California. (California Health Care Foundation)
Introduction to Community Paramedicine
California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) overview of 13 community paramedicine pilot projects in a dozen California locations. (California Emergency Services Authority)
How Community Paramedics Rescue People from San Diego’s Streets
Community paramedics in a San Diego pilot project provide care and referrals to needed services like behavioral health, transportation, and housing for homeless people — without taking them to hospitals. This approach has not only proved to be lifesaving, it has also enhanced quality of life for many. (California Health Care Foundation)
Rescuing Hospice Patients
When someone in Ventura County calls 911 to obtain help for a hospice patient, community paramedics work with the patient, the family, and the hospice team to care for the patient’s immediate needs in the comfort of their own home. (California Health Care Foundation)