Shawn is a certified Community Paramedic (CP-C) credentialed by the International Board for Specialty Certification (iBSC) and has previously attended the Community Paramedic Training Program at University of California, Los Angeles. As a community paramedic, Shawn works with the City of San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) to reduce low-acuity, high-frequency callers. A large focus of his work is with military veterans, who have increased risk of substance addiction and homelessness. Shawn and his colleagues provide access to primary care, addiction specialists, housing support and family reconnection services to help these populations. As a Community Paramedic, Shawn is committed to research that steers public health policy. Recent research by the San Diego RAP Paramedics on the Spice epidemic helped form the 2016 San Diego City Ordinance banning all synthetic drugs.
A frequent speaker and guest at national and regional conferences, Shawn is driving forward the conversation on community paramedicine both for California and the industry as a whole.