North Fork EMS is currently working to develop a Community Medicine Program in the North Fork Valley. We will continue to update this page as we build the program. If you have any questions please contact Tanya Applegate, Community Paramedicine Coordinator, at 970-201-3079 or tapplegate@nfems.com.

What is Community Paramedicine?

Community paramedicine is a relatively new and evolving healthcare model using existing highly trained paramedics with Community Paramedicine Licensure to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health, primary healthcare and preventative services to underserved populations in the community. Our goal is to improve access to care and avoid duplicating existing services.

Community Paramedicine generally focuses on:

  • Providing and connecting patients to primary care services
  • Completing post hospital follow-up care
  • Integration with local public health agencies, home health agencies, and other providers
  • Providing education and health promotion programs
  • Not duplicating available services in the community

Mission – The mission of the North Fork Community Paramedicine is to promote greater health and wellness in the North Fork Valley.

  1. Partnering with the individual in support of their physical, mental, social and financial healthcare needs
  2. Advocating for comprehensive care by integrating with the local healthcare systems
  3. Optimizing education, appropriate interventions, and provision of resources

Vision – To improve the health of the community, one person at a time

Core Values – Excellence in:

  • Compassion
  • Servant leadership
  • Partnership
  • Communication
  • Integrity

Community Health Needs Assessment

In order to set goals and develop programs, North Fork EMS has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to build an accurate picture of the current community and its health needs. As the CHNA Executive Summary shows (see link below), we have identified some of the unmet community health needs in the North Fork region. This assessment is intended to help guide and support the development of Community Paramedicine programs for the North Fork as a means of improving overall community health.

Click here to view the Community Health Needs Assessment