Arthur H. Yancey, II, MD, MPH, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and attending emergency physician at Grady Memorial Hospital, has received the Dr. Jeff Clawson Leadership Award for 2007. The award was presented to Dr. Yancey April 26.
In addition to his Emory post, Dr. Yancey is deputy director for EMS in the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, comprising duties as medical liaison to the County's Office of Emergency Preparedness, medical director of both the Fulton County Fire Department and emergency medical dispatch program at the 911 center. He is a member of the Georgia State EMS Medical Directors Advisory Council and District III EMS Advisory Council.
This award is given by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED) to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the emergency dispatch profession; someone who exhibits courage and determination in the face of adversity; someone who represents the highest standards and pursuit of excellence in research, education, management or operations; and someone who by example has inspired others to become the best that they can be.
The Award is presented each year at the NAED's Navigator Conference. A nominating committee, representing members of the NAED staff and College of Fellows, presented candidates to the NAED Board of Trustees, which makes the final selection.
Since joining the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in May of 2006, Dr. Yancey's duties include EMS readiness for emerging infectious diseases, Medical Reserve Corp membership and organization, continuous quality improvement, and training for the Fulton County Fire Department, alternate resources for addressing the lowest medical-level 911 calls, teaching emergency medical dispatch to medical students, Fulton County Health Institute students, and Emory University Emergency Medicine residents.
His medical director position involves oversight of the emergency medical dispatch program at the County's 911 center, addressing protocol and surveillance issues. Dr. Yancey is a fellow of the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch and serves on its Council of Standards and readers group that evaluates critiques of NAED protocols from program centers world-wide, then recommends improvements for future versions of the program. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Public Safety Architectural Framework working group, and has been on the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) America's Public Safety Advisory Group.
As a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP), he participated in the EMS and Public Health Roundtable discussion series involving NAEMSP and APHA members, and sponsored by NHTSA and HRSA. He is a member of NAEMSP's Public Health Committee and is a member of the EMS Medical Director and Public Health Integration Task Force sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)in a cooperative agreement to NAEMSP and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). This project is developing guidance to promote closer coordination of local EMS medical directors and their counterpart, public health directors. On the State level, he has spearheaded efforts to ensure Fire First Response and EMS service notification by hospitals that discover contagious diseases in patients who were cared for and transported by the EMS system.
Dr. Yancey graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School, trained in General Surgery at Howard University, and Burn Surgery at The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. He received the MPH degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
He was the first Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) Kovler Fellow to The Republic of South Africa in 1992. The Binational Commission Exchange Support Fund of USAID provided for his consultation to the Northern Cape Province of South Africa in 1999, to assist in the process of EMS provincialization. The Australian High Commission (AusAID), through the University of KwaZulu Natal, supported his consultation on a survey project, targeted at South African Provincial EMS directors, to investigate the protection of EMS caregivers from contagious diseases, including AIDS.
He served as co-chairman of the EMS and Transportation Subcommittee of The Atlanta Committee for The Olympic Games and has subsequently published educational material on organizing mass gathering medical care, and formulated proposed emergency medical care legislation for events within Fulton County. He has also published articles on injury prevention in the out-of-hospital environment.