The fund was established in 2005 and was originally called the "AAP Hurricane Katrina Victims Relief Fund". AAP Chapters in the Gulf Coast area were asked to conduct a needs assessment and were awarded funds to support the most pressing needs. Eventually, a Disaster Recovery gift designation was created to support disaster recovery efforts.
Florida Chapter (2018) – The "Training Pediatricians to Identify and Treat Adolescent Depression Post Gun Violence Tragedy" project, initiated in 2018, will aim to increase the proportion of pediatric primary care provider office visits where youth aged 12 to 18 years are screened for depression. The project will also aim to increase the proportion of children with mental health problems who receive treatment.
Puerto Rico Chapter (2018) – An initial needs assessment of pediatric needs throughout affected communities and shelters. The funds will support the staff coordination for cataloguing and distribution of basic survival supplies to children in hospitals, shelters, and communities.
Louisiana Chapter (2016) – Coordination and implementation of a "Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Roundtable" that included exercises with various scenarios and identification of regional pediatric contacts for future preparedness planning.
Michigan Chapter (2016) – Development and administration of programs aimed at mitigating the impacts of lead exposure on children.
Puerto Rico Chapter (2016) – A full-day educational program, "Symposium-Updates on Zika Virus", offered to neonatal nurses and pediatricians caring for children with congenital Zika virus in Puerto Rico.
Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey (2016) – Working with the International Pediatric Association, funds were sent to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to help train pediatricians on the best methods of treatment for Syrian refugee children.
Oklahoma Chapter (2014) – A project titled, "Oklahoma Pediatric Disaster Mental Health Initiative" specific to the recover from tornados/severe weather.
Connecticut Chapter (2014) – A project titled, "Care Coordination for Mental Services for the Children of Newtown, CT" in follow-up to the shooting in Newtown, CT.
AAP District II New York (2013) – A project titled, "Rebuilding Bright Futures for New York's Children and Pediatricians After Superstorm Sandy" that focused on training in mental health for pediatricians, social services, foster care providers, and school personnel.
New Jersey Chapter (2013) – A project titled "Supporting Children in the Aftermath of Disaster".
Missouri Chapter (2012) – A project titled, "One Year Anniversary, Recognition and Recovery "After the Storm".
Vermont Chapter (2012) – A project titled, "Tropical Storm Irene Flood Disaster Relief for Vermont Children and Families".
Alabama Chapter (2012) – A "School & the 3 Rs: Recognition, Recovery, and Resiliency" program.
Japanese Pediatric Society (2011) – Addressed child health needs following the earthquakes, tsunami, and damage to the nuclear power plant.
Chile (2010) – Purchased medicine and medical equipment to treat Chilean children.
Haitian Pediatric Society (2010) – Addressed children's needs through strategic planning, purchase of medical supplies, and support for Haitian pediatricians and pediatric residents after the 2010 earthquakes.
Texas Chapter (2009) – Offered stipends to pediatric residents displaced because of Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
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