Education and Training

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Education and Training

Compendia and Curricula
Training Courses
  • 2-day Pediatric Disaster Planning Course - A new course, “Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness,” is available for local delivery at no cost for anyone who might be involved in planning for or addressing the needs of children in a disaster. Special emergency management issues will be addressed such as pediatric decontamination, triage and reunification with family. Although it is not a clinical class, the course does cover some clinical aspects strictly from a resource management/allocation perspective.

    Developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), the course was formally certified by the US DHS/FEMA. Tentative class dates are being scheduled right now and will continue until the first allotment of no-cost classes is filled. There is also a waiting list for 2015 classes.

    The course was developed as part of the DHS/FEMA-funded Homeland Security National Training Program, and it will be delivered to local jurisdictions at no cost. The only expense involved will be a host site and the time for someone to host/coordinate the program, as well as any travel/time incurred by participants to attend. All other instructional-related expenses, including travel costs for the instructional team, are covered by TEEX/NERRTC. The 16-hour class is conducted in two consecutive days at the host site and may include weekends if necessary. There is a minimum of 30 students per class to meet the cooperative agreement requirements.

    The target audience includes hospital- and community-based emergency management personnel, first-receiver staff (particularly those who work in hospital emergency departments), jurisdictional emergency managers, and hospital planners. A secondary audience includes all other disciplines that may be involved in the medical response or hospital staff who may be called to any event that generates pediatric patients, such as community and federal disaster service agencies.

    To schedule the course, or for more information, contact lead instructor John Rinard, Senior Training Specialist, at or 979-255-6993 or contact Juan Guerrero, Training Manager, at or 979.862-1063.

  • Active Shooter: What You Can Do – Provides guidance to help individuals prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. (FEMA)
  • All-Hazards Preparedness Course – Training in all-hazards preparedness and response for health care professionals and health care workers. (Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness)
  • A Multi-Systems Approach to Pediatric Trauma - Free online module for healthcare providers that presents different facets of the Multi–Systems Approach and how they interface and interact together to medically treat the pediatric trauma patient. (University of New Mexico)
  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) - Interactive Web-based tool that includes information to enable first responders, first receivers, health care providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.
  • Disaster Preparedness: Are We Ready for Kids? (ADPH) – Free, On Demand Program that provides guidance to pediatricians and other health care providers on how improved readiness can be achieved through collaboration between public health and emergency management leadership and key pediatric care experts and stakeholders in the private sector.
  • Emergency Management Institute – Free self-paced courses for those with emergency management responsibilities and the general public. (FEMA)
  • National Center for Disaster Preparedness Training Center – Free, online public health courses. (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health)
  • National Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference​ - Presentations from the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference that took place on November 2-4, 2015, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center – Training, resources, and new models of virtual linkages with health care centers throughout Los Angeles County. (Children's Hospital Los Angeles)
  • Pediatric Disaster Triage: Doing the Most Good for the Most Patients in the Least Time  This free disaster triage course discusses how to recognize a disaster, the justification for pediatric disaster triage, and the common triage strategies applicable to disaster response. (EMSC)
  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers – Links to training for state, local, and tribal public health authorities in the area of public health preparedness and response. (CDC) 
  • Psychological First Aid Online – A 6-hour course that features activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from trauma experts and survivors, as well as a Learning Community through which participants share experiences in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
  • Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children - Free online module for health professionals who care for children on how they can help mitigate the negative effects of severe events on children’s mental wellness. Continuing education credits are offered. (NCDMPH)
  • Radiation Disaster Issues in Children: An Approach to the Patient - A primer that discusses the unique needs of pediatric patients during and after exposure to radiation. The primer is targeted to health care providers who may be responsible for the medical assessment and management of pediatric patients affected by a radiation disaster, particularly a nuclear detonation. Continuing education credits are offered. (NCDMPH)
  • Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) - Interactive Web-based tool that includes guidance for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries during radiological and nuclear emergencies.
  • Tracking and Reunification of Children in Disasters: A Lesson and Reference for Health Professionals - This online lesson discusses how to respond to an unaccompanied child in a disaster. Learners will solve 3 case studies with their acquired knowledge and can access and complete a downloadable reference card for use during a disaster. Continuing education credits are offered.  (National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
  • Yale New Haven Health Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response – Includes planning activities, courses, drills, and exercises. Online courses are available, and workshops can be customized for each audience. The Small Victims, Big Challenges: Pediatric Triage, Treatment, and Recovery in Disasters fact sheet is also available.
Webinars and Webcasts
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