The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed The Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit, which allows for pediatricians, public health leaders and other pediatric care providers to assess what is already happening in their community or state, and help determine what needs to be done before an emergency or disaster. The kit promotes collaborative discussions and decision making about pediatric preparedness planning.
Physicians who care for children are encouraged to use the resource materials found in the kit to develop strategic partnerships, increase partner engagement, identify strengths and challenges for pediatric preparedness planning, and establish communication networks to ensure that the needs of children are addressed during a pandemic or other emergency.
Public health officials are invited to review the contents of the kit to increase their awareness of issues relevant to pediatric preparedness and strategies for partnering with pediatricians and AAP chapters.
The Kit includes information on strategies to achieve the following:
- Including Pediatric Care Providers in State-Level Decision-Making
- Communications and Messaging During a Public Health Emergency
- Prioritizing Within and Among High-Risk Groups
- Developing State Action Plans
- Establishing Pediatric Advisory Councils or Children’s Preparedness Coalitions
- Learning from H1N1: Pediatric, Public Health Leaders Discuss How to Improve States’ Pediatric Preparedness
- Improving Pediatric Preparedness Performance Through Strategic Partnerships
- The Youngest Victims: Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs
- Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices (AAP)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Disaster Planning for Schools
- Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department
The Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with partial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement 5U58DD000587-03. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the AAP or CDC.
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