AAP Policy and Publications

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AAP Policy and Publications


Adjustment and Coping

  • Mental Health Issues – This chapter appears in the AAP Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection. The chapter highlights the roles of pediatricians and other health professionals that care for children will play in identifying and addressing the mental health needs of children and families in a disaster or terrorist event. (2019)
  • Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises – This clinical report emphasizes the importance of ensuring basic support services, psychological first aid, and professional self-care while working with patients and families after a disaster. (2015)
  • Responding to Children's Emotional Needs – Tips for communicating with children in ways that allow them to better understand and recover from traumatic events. Also available in Spanish. (2000)
  • Supporting the Grieving Child and Family – This clinical report offers practical suggestions on how to talk with grieving children to help them better understand what has happened and its implications and to address any misinformation, misinterpretations, or misconceptions. (2016)


  • Pediatric and Public Health Preparedness Exercise Resource Kit – This kit provides tools and templates to make it easier for states, communities, hospitals, or health care coalitions to conduct a pediatric tabletop exercise, which provides participants with the opportunity to discuss and assess preparedness plans and capabilities for a disaster that affects children. (2018)
  • Pediatric Preparedness Exercises – This chapter appears in the AAP Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection. The chapter highlights how to conduct pediatric preparedness exercises. (2020)

General Preparedness

Hospitals/Emergency Care

  • Disaster Preparedness in Neonatal Intensive Care Units – This clinical report briefly reviews disasters that have affected neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the US and examines how organizing concepts of mass critical care in pediatrics can be applied to the NICU, including the role of regionalized perinatal systems; disaster-based drills; and training, equipment, medication, and personnel needs. (2017)
  • Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department – This policy statement serves as a resource for clinical and administrative leadership in emergency departments as they strive to improve their emergency readiness for children of all ages. (2018)

Influenza and Infectious Diseases

Natural Disasters


Terrorism and Agents

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