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Who is the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)?

The National Emergency Medicine Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1982, committed to trauma prevention and the delivery of quality medical services at each stage of trauma with and emphasis on first response at the time of the emergency.

Our Mission

Our mission is the prevention of injury and illness by addressing health and social issues through education, applied research, technology, and equipment.

For more than twenty years, this work has been accomplished through our special programs including the National Heart Council, National Stroke Council, Kids Do Matter, National Alzheimer's Council, and Senior Life. We have become known for our educational health-related materials, which are free to schools, hospitals, health centers, and a wide array of social service programs.

"Prevention through Education" is the overall theme that characterizes the work we do.

Our organization has been on the leading edge of health information. For example, we began to address such issues as second-hand smoke and AIDS long before the general media. Also, we provided a grant for the establishment of the first chest pain clinic in the country. Today, hundreds are in existence. Additionally, we began to deal head-on with the issue of youth gun violence (we do not take a stance on guns) long before the rash of shootings that have created headlines for the past several years.

Most recently a grant from us helped establish the first TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) early detection and treatment center in the country. This will hopefully serve as a model for others throughout the country.

The work of NEMA - Prevention, Education and Direct Service Provision, is carried out by our special programs through the production of educational media and through grants that NEMA awards to organizations throughout the country.

Among many accomplishments, NEMA has successfully

  • Helped to establish the first chest pain emergency room in the country and helped to establish others nationwide. Today hundreds are in existence.
  • Helped to establish the first TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) early detection and treatment center in the country. This will hopefully serve a model for others.
  • Supported the operation of a medical van for health care to the poor and homeless.
  • Produced the educational video-based program Straight from the Heart, which provides valuable information about lifestyle changes that can be made to lower the chance of heart attack before it occurs.
  • Given a hospital a much-needed prenatal ambulance
  • Helped thousands become certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Produced the pocket book, Alzheimer's - Hope Through Education, explaining Alzheimer's, what we know today and what steps research suggests that we might take today to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.
  • Informed millions of Americans about the warning signs of heart attack and stroke and Alzheimer's, and the importance of healthy lifestyles and immediate response to trauma.

Among its many concise, informative materials, NEMA

  • Produced In A Flash, Fitting In and Choices : three highly acclaimed video-based educational programs for middle school youth dealing with such issues as gun violence, peer pressure, bullying, rejection, eating disorders, self-destructive behavior, etc. These are complete with an instructor's resource guide, handouts and classroom exercises.
  • Developed the widely hailed publication, The Little Book of Parenting, which teaches parenting skills to promote healthy, trauma-free child development, and includes important reference material. This book has become so popular that we cannot keep it in stock.
  • Developed pocket-sized cards and brochures with important information about the early risk assessment for Heart Attack, Stroke, and Alzheimer's. Individuals are encouraged to discuss risk factors with their doctors and obtain tests as warranted.
  • Delivered for fifteen years the award-winning daily radio health program, The Heart of the Matter.

NEMA awards grants nationally to direct service providers who are working to prevent trauma and reverse damage due to trauma. These grants assist:

  • Trauma Centers
  • Community Emergency Squads
  • Hospital Heart and Stroke Centers
  • Nurses' Association
  • Hospitals and Health Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Doctors
  • Community Health Care Stations

To learn more about the types of grants NEMA has awarded, click here »

To learn how to obtain our educational resources, click here »

We Rely on You

Support NEMA

NEMA receives no federal funding but is supported solely by the generosity of donors like you. Look around this site and you'll see the many different ways that your money can help to provide much needed services. To find out how you can support the life saving efforts of the National Emergency Medicine Association, please visit our How to Help page.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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