Emergency Medical Services for Children
Children are our most precious resource. As such they need protection, education and guidance. Injuries are the leading cause of death for children and youth in Kansas (source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Vital Statistics). Injury has replaced infectious disease as one of the greatest threats to children and has become the leading cause of disability in children. These, often preventable, injuries add to the burden placed on Kansas health care resources.
Kansas has several initiatives and programs that address specific types of injuries. However, there remains a substantial need to develop, enhance and integrate emergency medical services for children (EMS for Children) initiatives at the local, regional and state levels.
The Cara Everhart Award is given annually to an outstanding individual or group that has shown excellence and dedication to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.
This year’s award goes to Rice County EMS. Rice County EMS' contributions to the safety of children in their area included the 10th annual Kids Safety Camp and child passenger safety program initiatives throughout the year.
Rice County EMS 2013 Cara Everhart Award winners