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FAN Mail: Fall 2023

Welcome new FAN Reps!

  • Peter Wisniewski, Montana
  • Beverly Belz, Montana
  • Jessie Woodruff, Ohio

Retiring FAN Reps:

  • Sandra Hultz, Mississippi

Open FAN Rep positions:

  • Illinois

Dear FAN Reps,


After a very productive fall, we are grateful for all the hard work you've done and the feedback you've given on our direction for 2024. We are looking forward to all the incredible things we will do together in the new year!


This edition of FAN mail has news stories about FANs, new resources from EMSC and our partners, and calls to action.


Thank you for all you do and happy reading,


Sarah and Jennifer 

News and Updates

EMSC/FAN news & updates

  • Congratulations to Utah FAN Jeff Wilson for the recognition of his work to provide sensory kits to EMS professionals! Learn more about his John Wilson Autism kits here and here.
  • The National Pediatric Readiness Project has been in the news recently. Featured articles in the Wall Street Journal and CBS Evening News have generated a lot of public interest in hospitals' ability to care for children in an emergency.
  • Thank you so much for all your responses to the 2024 FAN Pulse survey. You provided us with some rich, important information. If you have not responded yet, you may do so here. We'll be collating your thoughts to discuss at the January Steering Committee meeting.


Upcoming events

  • FAN Steering Committee Meeting - January 11, on Zoom
  • Quarter 1 2024 All FAN Meeting - February 1, on Zoom

FAN Steering Committee Meeting - March 7, on Zoom


New resources 

  • One in four children are abused or neglected in United States. The EIIC has released PEAK: Child Abuse to help clinicians, patients, and families know how to detect and prevent child abuse in their communities.
  • Looking for a quick overview of EMSC work to share with your communities and other partners? Click here to see a new two page summary created by our communication team.
  • Getting questions about what it means to be pediatric ready? We have a new resource explaining the National Pediatric Readiness project!
  • Utah provided an excellent webinar on best practice for caring for transgender children during an emergency. Please share with your first-responder contacts.
  • The AAP has also reaffirmed their policy statement on the importance of comprehensive care and support of transgender and gender-diverse children.
  • A new article on the impact of hospitals being pediatric ready reduces disparities in care. Please share across your networks!
  • The Children's Hospital Association has collated resources for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers around pediatric suicide.
  • The Pediatric Pandemic Network (PPN) has compiled a list of resources for parents, providers, and community leaders addressing gun violence and related trauma in kids.
  • Need information about child health in your state? Check out the The State of Children's Health dashboard created by the Children's Hospital Association.

Action Items

1. Reauthorization of EMSC


EMSC reauthorization is right around the corner and information sheets for individual states will be uploaded here in January. Reauthorization is the process EMSC undergoes every four years to secure funding for our work, and you are an important part of the team to help educate and inform decision-makers!

2. 2024 FAN Pulse Survey

If you were unable to give us feedback on the 2024 FAN Pulse survey, there's still time to respond. Click here and let us know your thoughts for 2024!


3. Monthly FAN Feature

Would you like to be featured in the Pulse as FAN of the month? Featured FANs provide a headshot and answer a question or two about family-centered care. Please reach out to Jennifer if you'd like to be included!

We Want to Hear From You!

As a FAN, what are you most looking forward to in 2024?
Taking on a new project
All FAN Meetings
Getting a FAN mentor
Learning about other FANs projects and interests
All of the Above

Questions? Comments? News to share? Want to join the FAN Newsletter mailing list?  Email us!

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The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award (U07MC37471) totaling $3M with 0 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Family Advisor Network Representatives (FAN Reps) are the core of EMSC's family engagement strategy. To learn more about being or becoming a FAN Rep, please contact Jennifer Talley.

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