Twelve emergency management services (EMS) professionals from across the Commonwealth have been selected to participate in the first ever Kentucky EMS Leadership Academy.

The academy, hosted by the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), is designed to provide emergency medical technicians, paramedics and EMS administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary to take on significant roles and responsibilities in organizations and to succeed.

“We’re thrilled to have a diverse and strong class of both emerging leaders and more veteran leaders participating in this inaugural cohort of the Kentucky EMS Leadership Academy,” said KORH Director Ernie Scott. “Our hope is that academy participants will develop some new skills, enhance some of the skills they already have and further develop their leadership potential in the EMS field.”

Academy programming kicks off in December and runs through July 2021.

Participants will attend four webinar-based, professional development sessions, held every other month, and taught by national experts. Session topics include conflict resolution (December), budgeting and finance (February), compliance and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations (April) and employee engagement (June).

During alternating months (January, March, May and July), participants will meet with a veteran EMS administrator from their region and receive one-on-one mentoring.

Academy graduates will receive a scholarship, provided by the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association, to cover the registration fee to attend the 2021 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo. In addition, graduates will also receive continuing education credits.

Locally, the first class of academy participants includes Chris Beavers, a captain at Marshall County Ambulance Service.

The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), established in 1991, is a federal-state partnership authorized by federal legislation. The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health serves as the federally-designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health. KORH works directly with clinicians, clinic and hospital administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders to improve the accessibility of health care services for the Commonwealth’s rural and underserved residents. The office connects communities and health care organizations to local, state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to financial, quality improvement and workforce challenges.