Welcome to the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Program!

The EMSC Program in Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Health - Bureau of EMS, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC), and other partners as part of a federal grant initiative through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The mission of the Federal EMS for Children Program is to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency.

This site has been specifically designed for EMS providers, parents, and the community to provide information on the Pennsylvania EMSC program and its activities. We encourage you to browse the various menu options above to learn more about the EMS for Children program.  If you have any comments or questions about the site, please let us know by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab.

The PA EMSC Program is proud to support the upcoming DEA Drug Take-Back Day, designed to reduce the number of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in households.  Alarmingly, the number of prescription drug overdoses (as well as misuse and abuse) continues to rise, especially in pediatrics.  Recent data suggests that 1 in 4 high school students have misused prescription drugs on at least one occassion and 1 in 8 are regular misusers or abusers.  Help us reduce the number of unused and unwanted prescription drugs that are out there in households; click the banner below for more information and to find a drop-off site near you.

Site updated: April 11, 2014

Latest News

  • dot Did you know that 5% of pediatric patients account for 54.6% of pediatric healthcare spending?  Read more by clicking here.
  • dot The CDC has just released a new report about child passenger safety.  Upward trend in safety but still could be better!
  • dot A child is transported by ambulance every 7 minutes in Pennsylvania.  EMS agencies -- are you Prepared for Pediatrics?
  • dot We our in the process of updating our Resources page.  Do you know of an informational website?  Let us know!