The Idaho Chapter of the AAP continues to provide input and assistance with pediatric disaster preparedness planning and response to local hospitals, healthcare centers, medical providers, EMS agencies, health departments, and various community partners. They monitor, educate, and prepare for pandemics and outbreaks, such as Enterovirus D-68 and Ebola. They have representation in the Idaho Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), Southwest Hospital Coalition, Eastern Idaho Healthcare Coalition, Regional Healthcare Planning Group, Pediatric Trauma, Environment of Care, Emergency Management Committees and the new Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Surge Coalition. They participated in a mass fatality community wide exercise, the 2014 Alaska Shield Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exercise, as well as several local hospital emergency drills. Future initiatives include a full-scale pediatric disaster exercise in Southeast Idaho, additional planning and development of mass casualty protocols and educational support for special needs/technology dependent patients, and day care preparedness.
Aaron Gardner, MD, MS, FAAP, (Pediatric Intensivist at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center) has recently joined Katherine Stevens, MD, FAAP, as an AAP Disaster Preparedness Chapter Contact. He serves as a Regional Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the National Disaster Medical System and has a master’s degree in Disaster medicine. He has extensive experience in disaster planning and response and is excited to help advance pediatric emergency preparedness in Idaho.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), also known as the Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS), is actively engaged in statewide efforts to coordinate the care of children during a disaster. Members of the OPS serve on the State Advisory Council for Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness and are actively involved in disaster preparedness efforts at the national level.
The Washington AAP Chapter has actively participated in relevant state efforts and served on various State and County disaster preparedness committees to ensure that issues related to pediatric patients are addressed.