The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has received support from several organizations to implement projects that address children's needs in disasters.
Disaster Outreach and Collaboration for Kids Project
The US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine
provided support to the AAP and the University of Chicago at Illinois Library of the Health Sciences
to implement a Disaster Outreach and Collaboration for Kids Project
. The project encourages pediatricians and librarians to partner and improve disaster information sharing.Enhancing Pediatric Partnerships to Promote Pandemic Preparedness
As follow-up to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a collaborative meeting in 2011 to discuss state-level pediatric preparedness. The meeting, "Enhancing Pediatric Partnerships to Promote Pandemic Preparedness
", included state teams with a blend of pediatric and public health leaders. A Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit is being developed for use by all AAP chapters and public health professionals.Pediatric Anthrax Clinical Guidelines
The AAP and the CDC are working to determine what should be addressed within clinical guidance for antimicrobial prophylaxis, treatment, and use of anthrax
antitoxins for infection with B. anthracis. In addition, an Anthrax Educational Planning Group is discussing how best to educate pediatricians on this topic.Pediatric Bereavement Lectureship Program
The AAP and the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement with support from the New York Life Foundation
are partnering to implement a Pediatric Bereavement Lectureship Program. This effort will offer training to pediatricians and other pediatric health care providers to increase their skills and effectiveness in supporting grieving children and their families. Learn more
.Disaster Response and Recovery Program
With support from its Friends of Children Fund
, the AAP will convene a meeting to determine priorities on how to support children and their families when recovering from a disaster. As part of this, the AAP will assess the need (and mechanism) to enhance predisaster preparedness and just-in-time training in pediatric disaster mental and behavioral health for pediatricians and others who care for children.
Smallpox Clinical Guidelines
The AAP is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to produce smallpox clinical practice guidelines to improve preparedness for a smallpox release, focusing on the general population and at-risk groups. These guidelines will consider the limited availability of medical resources and strategies to prepare for an emergency where efficient diagnosis/treatment and strategic use of resources are required to decrease morbidity and mortality.