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Enhancing Pediatric Partnerships to Promote Pandemic Preparedness

 




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o improve pediatric preparedness for future public health emergencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a meeting to review information from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. In 2011, 40 professionals from 10 states and AAP and CDC representatives discussed lessons learned from the pandemic and determined strategies for advancing pediatric preparedness. A Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit was created in 2013.

Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit
The AAP developed a Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit: Inspired by the H1N1 Pandemic: Strengthening Pediatric and Public Health Partnerships. The purpose of the Resource Kit is to promote collaborative discussions and decision-making among pediatric and public health leaders about pediatric preparedness planning. Specifically, this kit aims to increase state- and community-level preparedness efforts regarding how best to address children’s needs.

State Action Plans
In 2012, follow-up conference calls were held with state teams to discuss progress and barriers with regard to the implementation of the state action plan. Many of the 10 state action plans have been updated and are provided below. State teams developed follow-up action plans for California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (DPAC) will continue to work with AAP chapters to form key partnerships for pediatric preparedness at the state and local level.

Southeastern Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Network
The Southeastern Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Network is implementing a voluntary network of health care providers, public health departments, volunteers, and emergency responders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The purpose of the network is to improve pediatric preparedness response strategies in the event of large-scale emergencies or disasters. The DPAC is seeking to develop a strong connection between AAP Chapters and the network. Access the current list of network members and the Executive Committee. For more information, or to have your name added to the network's electronic mailing list, contact Andrew C. Rucks, PhD.

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