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.
Pediatric Community Readiness and Response for Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza
The AAP receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to coordinate the "Improving the Pediatric Community's Readiness and Response to Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza" project in 2018-2023. This project encourages pediatricians and child care professionals to increase influenza vaccination and seasonal/pandemic influenza planning efforts. The project will:
- Assess the capacity, knowledge, and attitudes of pediatricians regarding influenza immunizations and best practices,
- Support quality improvement efforts to help pediatricians decrease missed influenza vaccination opportunities in offices,
- Assist in the implementation of educational programs for pediatricians and other stakeholders (including child care professionals), and
- Compile and share best practices.
State-Level Preparedness for Children
The AAP receives support from the CDC to coordinate the "Enhancing State-Level Preparedness Efforts for Children" project in 2018-2020. Activities support an overarching AAP initiative to strengthen the public health infrastructure; ensure a competent, current and connected public health system; and improve delivery of services through capacity-building assistance. Using a pediatric mentor database and multi-state/regional learning collaborative with pediatric and public health participants, the AAP will identify pediatric preparedness baseline metrics and develop a Call to Action with educational and pediatric care models. This project will enable the AAP and stakeholders to better serve pediatric health care clinicians and operate in a more comprehensive, responsive, and effective manner, especially in regards to disaster preparedness and response.
Pediatric Emergency Response for Zika Virus
The AAP works with the CDC to carry out Zika virus response activities in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In its final year of the "Pediatric Emergency Response for Zika Virus" project, the AAP and ACOG will analyze results from national surveys and focus groups of obstetric and pediatric care providers. The AAP Periodic Survey of Fellows #99 was completed in June 2018 to learn about pediatricians' experiences with and attitudes toward infectious disease and disaster preparedness, with a focus on Zika virus. As part of this project, the AAP will develop reports, articles, and educational sessions to educate members on the survey results. The AAP also collaborated with CNI Advantage, LLC, to support the Local Health Department Initiative related to Zika in 2017-2018. This project aimed to facilitate conversations with local health department Zika field assignees to build capacity and provide technical assistance and support by facilitating local partnerships and relationships.
Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center
The AAP receives subcontractual support from the Baylor College of Medicine to implement emergency medicine and disaster preparedness efforts within the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EMSC IIC) in 2016-2020. The AAP supports the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC) Disaster Intervention Bundle and the Disaster Preparedness Domain activities within the EMSC IIC. The AAP ensures that linkages between state EMSC initiatives and AAP state chapters are strengthened with guidance and support from the AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council.
Enhance Pediatric Resources on ASPR TRACIE Web Site
The AAP is collaborating with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) to enhance existing and develop new resources for pediatric preparedness. In particular, AAP will conduct a literature search of current pediatric preparedness materials to include on the ASPR TRACIE Web site and develop of fact sheets on critical pediatric issues/topics.