Community Health EMS
Community Health Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) is an
innovative model where emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are
incorporated into the general healthcare delivery system and extend the reach
of primary care into a patient’s environment.
CHEMS personnel are healthcare providers who receive additional
education, work within a medical-health neighborhood, and assist the primary care
team to implement a patient care plan.
CHEMS personnel operate within their current scope of practice; however,
act in an expanded role within the medical-health neighborhood. Examples of the roles of CHEMS personnel may
Acting as healthcare navigators for patients
Transitional care for patients after they are discharged from a hospital stay
Basic medical therapeutics
Additional CHEMS information is found at the
Idaho Bureau of EMS and Preparedness: idahoems.org.
The Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan
includes the development and implementation of CHEMS programs in rural and underserved
areas as part of the “virtual” Patient Centered Medical Home. These programs will
help expand primary care reach and capacity, become assets in the
medical-health neighborhood, and improve access to healthcare services.
additional information about the SHIP CHEMS initiative, please email the Bureau
of Rural Health & Primary Care at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Workgroup Activities:
The CHEMS workgroup is meeting on Wednesday September 27th from 10:00am-11:00am MST.
The workgroup is in the process of planning the second CHEMS webinar.
The CHEMS workgroup is currently recruiting students for the 3rd cohort to participate in the next Community Paramedic Certificate Program.