Community paramedics help close a gap in health care

The Milwaukee Fire Department has found its community paramedics program useful in reducing 911 calls and improving health. Three members of the program are (from left) Robert Rehberger, Matthew Austen, Steven Radomski. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

December 5, 2023
By: Kathy Quirk
UWM Report

Amy Grzyb, who has worked with emergency services for 20 years, sees learning about preventive care and education as part of her job. That’s why she and other emergency responders signed up this summer for a unique program offered through UWM’s School of Nursing.

The Community Paramedic Program trains paramedics and emergency medical technicians how to do preventive and follow-up care after responding to emergencies.

“It’s another way we can be of service to our community,” said Grzyb.

The program, which started in 2015, has trained approximately 250 emergency responders as community paramedics, said Kim Litwack, dean of the School of Nursing who established the program. She is one of the leaders of the sessions along with Andrew Hargarten, a battalion chief with the Milwaukee Department who earned his doctorate in nursing at UWM.

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