Ten UC professors from multiple disciplines (fire science, social work, medicine, nursing and counseling) are collaborating to present this program, reflecting how combined effort is required to tackle large-scale community health issues like heroin overdoses and frequent 911 calls. The program demonstrates how collaborative, action-based services can combat nation-wide problems like addiction and in health care gaps.
Bennett hopes that increased public awareness and empowerment will attract attention from more lawmakers, hospitals administrators and any other potential partners. Establishing policy and securing funding are top priorities for these critical programs to be sustainable and scalable.
Communities and individual citizens often do not know where to start in addressing epidemics and complicated issues of this magnitude, and Bennett wants to help connect the dots between problem and solution. He would love to see a county- or state-wide network for paramedicine and QRTs developed in the near future. Passion for his field drives Bennett's pioneering spirit.
"I enjoy being an agent of change to move the industry I love, fire and EMS, to a higher level," he explained.
The full course includes two days of on-site programming on March 12-13, and an online component March 14-16. For the first time, UC is also offering a one-credit option for an abbreviated version of the course. Cincinnati Quick Response Team members & Violet Township community paramedics will be on site to provide ride-alongs so participants can get a first-hand view of these services in action.
For more information about the community paramedicine course or panel, please contact Larry Bennett in Fire Science and Emergency Management at email@example.com.
Image featured at top: Larry Bennett shows a Colerain Township QRT vehicle. Photo/Provided.