Kansas City, MO – Richard Gist is Principal Assistant to the Director of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. He developed the Citizen Assist Program, which is a joint project between the KCMO Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association.
It helps people who call 9-1-1 connect with various social and medical services, and Gist says it's the only program in the country to provide such services through referrals from a city's emergency response system.
Dr. Gist recently sat down with KCUR's Elana Gordon to talk about the program and about how his understanding of the role of 9-1-1 services has changed since the program first started up two years ago.
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