As an EMS provider, one of the ways in which you can have the most impact on your community is educating the public about illness and injury prevention. Follow these simple steps to assess your community's specific needs:
Reach out to special populations
Unique groups have unique needs. Children certainly do, and represent a great way to win parents' hearts. What's hurting or endangering kids in your community? Find a cause you and your organization can champion. Pediatric drownings could prompt a campaign about pool safety. Older kids may benefit from lectures about drunk driving or drugs. Babysitters can use basic emergency education. Bike helmets and seat belts are familiar favorites to promote.
Geriatrics are another vulnerable group that can benefit from focused attention. On calls, can you spare a moment in their homes to check their medication compliance or warn them about trip hazards? Is there a local senior or social-service organization you could team with to start a program of welfare checks, medical follow-ups or other proactive interventions? Can you help them arrange or get to primary care, so they don't have to call 9-1-1 for routine matters? Seniors often have unmet needs EMS can help address.
Think about whom the special needs groups are in your community (handicapped, low income, non-English speakers, etc.) and with whom you could partner to reach them.