The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) partners with federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to implement projects that address children's needs in disasters. For more information about the following projects, please e-mail us here.
Community Readiness for Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza
The AAP receives funding through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to coordinate this project, which aims to support health care providers and child care professionals to employ influenza prevention and control strategies, increase influenza immunization rates, promote early and aggressive treatment, and improve the planning infrastructure for influenza outbreaks/pandemics. Project activities include:
Pediatric Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
The AAP receives funding through a cooperative agreement with the CDC to coordinate this project, which aims to support an improved public health infrastructure that will address children's issues in emergencies or disasters and improve the timeliness and accuracy of communications and awareness regarding threats that impact children.
Pediatric and Public Health Tabletop Exercises
The AAP conducted 2 exercises to improve pediatric preparedness through increased communications and decision-making among pediatricians and public health professionals relevant to a public health emergency specific to an infectious disease threat:
2016 Pediatric and Public Health Tabletop Exercise: In-person exercise that brought together representatives from states within federal Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas). An article titled, "Addressing Children's Needs in Disasters: A Regional Pediatric Tabletop Exercise" describes the activities and outcomes specific to the 2016 tabletop exercise.
2017 Pediatric and Public Health Virtual Tabletop Exercise: Virtual exercise that brought together representatives from states within federal Region VII (Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska).
Based on these exercises, an online "Pediatric and Public Health Preparedness Exercise Resource Kit" with a video clip, planning templates, scenarios, and guidance was produced to assist all states to convene pediatric tabletop exercises. See the AAP Pediatric and Public Health Tabletop Exercise Web page.
Children's Hospitals and Preparedness
The AAP is facilitatind discussions among pediatric stakeholders about strategies to improve preparedness planning within and among children's hospitals. As a result, the AAP implemented the Children's Hospitals and Preparedness webinar series. See the AAP Disaster Preparedness and Response Webinar Archives Web page to view archived webinars. Future webinars will focus on planning for hospital pediatric surge planning (June 27, 2018) and hospital reunification planning (June 29, 2018).
In collaboration with the CDC, the AAP funded 6 AAP Chapters and 1 AAP District to implement state-level activities designed to improve pediatric infectious disease and natural disaster/emergency preparedness. Applications were approved from Arizona, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio, and projects focus on implementing a needs assessment/gap analysis, education and training, hospital family reunification planning, exercises, and a pediatric surge planning curriculum. See the AAP State Preparedness Web page.
For the past few years, the AAP has collaborated with the CDC on the joint development of guidance, articles, and resources for clinicians. The AAP launched a Periodic Survey of Fellows in March 2018. The survey will aim to learn about pediatricians' experiences with and attitudes toward infectious disease and disaster preparedness, with a focus on Zika virus. Results are expected in fall of 2018. The AAP staff subcontracted with ZERO TO THREE to produce a Zika virus prevention outreach campaign for the public. These materials are available online. Videos were developed to provide guidance for providers and parents for the psychosocial support that will be needed when facing a child born with congenital Zika virus syndrome. In March 2018, the AAP supported travel costs for select clinicians to offer technical assistance, education, and support to local health care providers in the US Virgin Islands who care for children with congenital Zika virus. The AAP continues to keep members updated via its Zika virus resource pages www.aap.org/zika and www.aap.org/zikakey.
Local Health Department Initiative
The AAP received a subcontract from CNI Advantage, LLC, to collaborate with select partner organizations to enhance connections and resource sharing among AAP chapters, pediatricians/obstetricians, and Zika service coordinators in 29 funded and 9 unfunded US health departments.
AAP Family Readiness Kit
In 2017, the AAP revised its Family Readiness Kit (first produced in 2006). The purpose of the kit is to assist families to become disaster-ready. Pediatricians can share this kit during routine office visits as a way to encourage families to plan for emergencies.
Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center
The AAP is partnering with Baylor College of Medicine to implement emergency medicine and disaster preparedness efforts within the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC). Project activities include:
Serving as a point of contact for EIIC inquiries specific to AAP activities related to disaster preparedness and pediatric emergency medicine.
Supporting EIIC needs assessments/research and development of educational tools specific to quality improvement and the National Pediatric Readiness Project.
Developing a system of recognition for National Pediatric Readiness Project experts and high functioning facilities.
Helping to establish networks of champions with a focus on pediatric readiness.
Facilitation connections between AAP Chapter Contacts for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) state contacts.