Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program (CHIPP) - Santa Cruz County
RHI Hub | Dec 18, 2018
Arizona's rural Santa Cruz County is a Health Professional Shortage Area in primary care. This lack of primary care providers can lead some people to utilize emergency medical services for non-emergencies, which is expensive and might take emergency medical technicians (EMTs) away from other calls.
In addition, many older adults in this county live by themselves and don't have family nearby. Some of these adults have Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia but can't afford memory care or assisted living. Others aren't able to leave the house to buy food or see the doctor.
To reduce 911 use for non-emergencies and improve older adults' health, the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District created the Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program (CHIPP), in which firefighters and EMTs receive community paramedicine training and provide in-home care to older patients.
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