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​​Preparedness Summit
Date: April 25-28, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm ET, a learning session titled, “Virtual Coalition Building: The Power of the Simulated Public Health Emergency Response Exercise”, will take place. This session will highlight new and innovative methods of training, such as a virtual environment, as a cost-effective way to build and strengthen coalitions between public health and primary healthcare clinicians to increase preparedness for public health emergencies. The speakers for this session are Scott Needle, MD, FAAP, and Aaron Gardner, MD, MPH, FAAP. 

The focus of the 2017 Preparedness Summit is to explore the factors driving change in our world, analyze how they will impact the future of public health preparedness, and identify opportunities we have today to drive action toward meeting our future needs. The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis​. Registration information can be found here

#ZAPzika Twitter Chat
Date: May 3, 2017
Time: 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March of Dimes, MotherToBaby, and the US Department of Health & Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for a #ZAPzika Twitter chat on May 3, 2017. ​

Emergency Preparedness in the NICU
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 1:30pm ET/12:30pm CT
Phone: 888-337-8199
Participant Passcode: 330971
Registration Link:
Disasters disproportionally affect vulnerable, technology-dependent people, including preterm and critically ill newborn infants. It is important for health care providers to be aware of and prepared for the potential consequences of disasters for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Neonatal intensive care personnel can provide specialized expertise for their hospital, community, and regional emergency preparedness plans and can help develop institutional surge capacity for mass critical care, including equipment, medications, personnel, and facility resources. This webinar will focus on how to develop a plan for disasters in the NICU, what resources are available, and considerations such as family care, evacuation, medical countermeasures, nutrition, and post-disaster recovery. This webinar is being presented in concert with the release of the “Disaster Preparedness in Neonatal Intensive Care Units” clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council in the May 2017 edition of Pediatrics. Submit questions ahead of time to or live during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference
Date: September 16-19, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference registration opens April 26, 2017. Below are details about sessions and events that focus on disaster medicine:

  • Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:30am CT– 5:30pm CT
    Peds 21- Pediatricians Leading Change in Physician Health and Wellness
    Presenters: Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP; David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP; Janet Serwint, MD, FAAP; Carol Bernstein
    Physician wellness is a key force impacting the future of pediatrics. Burnout occurs across the spectrum of the pediatric professional career, from trainee to retiree, with nearly half of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians reporting symptoms of burnout. In caring for ourselves, we cultivate our ability to care for children. Join the AAP National Convention and Exhibition pre-conference session, "Pediatricians Leading Change in Physician Health and Wellness". Discover the relationship between burnout, job satisfaction, and quality care. You will leave this session with the skills to implement individual, practice, and organizational wellness strategies on a daily basis and during a disaster.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:30am CT – 10:00am CT
    Zika: The Evolving Story – The Latest & What You Need to Know
    Presenters: James Bale, Jr, MD, FAAP; Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, FAAP
    This session will familiarize pediatricians with the epidemiology, presentation, and diagnostic approach for newborns and infants with a history and/or signs of Zika virus syndrome. The current guidance regarding laboratory testing of infants with possible congenital Zika as well as outpatient management for infants with laboratory evidence of Zika infection with or without abnormalities consistent with Congenital Zika Syndrome will be discussed. Participants will learn about the role of public health in outbreak situations and professional resources available regarding Zika.​
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:30am CT-8:15am CT
    Disaster Preparedness 101
    Presenter: Shana Godfred-Cato, DO, FAAP
    Participants will be provided with an overview of who responds to disasters and what their role is. The presenters will discuss different types of disasters including natural, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. The role of trainees and physicians in disasters will also be discussed. Disaster preparedness techniques for patients and families at home and work/school will be shared.
    **This session repeats on Monday, September 17, 2017, at 9:30am CT-10:15am CT.​

Columbia Regional Learning Center

The Columbia Regional Learning Center (CRLC) provides free, online certificate training courses, webinars, and lectures designed for individuals working in health systems. All of the CRLC's certificate courses are developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Preparedness and Response Competencies and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. See the List of Courses.