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Message from the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministrator -
Ricardo Martinez, M.D.
As NHTSA and the nation's Emergency Medical Services (EMS)family celebrate the first thirty years of organized EMS and preparefor the many challenges of appropriately serving our communitiesinto the Twenty First Century, our continuing goal is to reduceunnecessary death and disability. The recently released
EMS Agenda for the Future (
NHTSA, Fall, 1996
broadens that goal to protectingthe communities' health.Our continuing partnership with the Health Resources and ServicesAdministration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provided us withthe opportunity to take an important step in pursuit of this expandedgoal, through the development of the "Leadership Guide to QualityImprovement for Emergency Medical Services Systems".