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Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit

Inspired by the H1N1 Pandemic: Strengthening Pediatric and Public Health Partnerships

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he American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed The Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit in response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. This resource allows for pediatricians, public health leaders and other pediatric care providers to assess what is already happening in their community or state, and help determine what needs to be done before an emergency or disaster. The kit will promote collaborative discussions and decision making about pediatric preparedness planning.

Physicians who care for children are encouraged to use the resource materials found in the kit to develop strategic partnerships, increase partner engagement, identify strengths and challenges for pediatric preparedness planning, and establish communication networks to ensure that the needs of children are addressed during a pandemic or other emergency.

Public health officials are invited to review the contents of the kit to increase their awareness of issues relevant to pediatric preparedness and strategies for partnering with pediatricians and AAP chapters.

The Kit includes information on strategies to achieve the following:

          -Including Pediatric Care Providers in State-Level Decision-Making

          -Promoting Strategic Communications and Systematic Messaging

          -Prioritizing Within and Among High-Risk Groups

          -Developing State Action Plans

          -Establishing Pediatric Advisory Councils or Children’s Preparedness Coalitions

          -AAP Chapter Contacts for Disaster Preparedness

Appendices
For more information or to request printed copies of the kit, e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org.

Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) disaster preparedness state contacts and initiatives

Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices (AAP)

Enhancing Pediatric Partnerships to Promote Pandemic Preparedness (AAP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response

Disaster Planning for Schools

Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department


The Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with partial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement 5U58DD000587-03. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the AAP or CDC.
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