The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, and the New York Life Foundation initiated and implemented a Pediatric Bereavement Lectureship program in 2012-2013 to offer training to pediatricians and other pediatric health care providers to increase their skills and effectiveness in supporting grieving children and their families. Through a call for applications and review process, 6 programs were provided with support to convene a 2-day lectureship and educational program and consultation. These opportunities included activities such as: grand rounds, lectures, customized consultation, and community outreach. Approved programs were also provided with complimentary materials and follow-up consultation.
Lectureship Programs Completed
- Increase bereavement training for pediatricians and other health care providers and enhance their skills to support grieving children and families.
- Provide consultation on implementing and/or enhancing bereavement services to children and their families in the hospital/department and community.
- Promote community partnerships to enhance bereavement support services.
- Identify and train pediatric leaders with the potential to train and support others to create a more robust cadre of pediatric experts in this topic area.
Programs approved for participation convened lectureships as follows.
- Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (March 7-8, 2013)
- Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, IL (April 11 2013)
- Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN (April 24, 2013)
- University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (September 9-10, 2013)
- Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL (September 19-20, 2013)
- Children of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL (September 25-28, 2013)
For more information, call the American Academy of Pediatrics at 847/434-7125 or e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org
The AAP Pediatric Bereavement Lectureship Program was sponsored in part by an educational grant from the New York Life Foundation, and is administered with support from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and St. Christopher's Foundation for Children.