Medical and Public Health Preparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families

When: June 10, 2013 - June 11, 2013 (8:15 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (K100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health, Children and Families
Activity: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

    Communities across the United States face the threat of disasters almost every day, both large and small. Children represent nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population, but current state and local preparedness plans often do not include specific considerations for pediatric populations and families. The preparedness and resilience of communities related to children will require a systems framework for disaster preparedness across traditional and non-traditional medical and public health stakeholders, including community organizations, schools, and other partners in municipal planning. 

    This workshop will examine medical and public health preparedness related to children and families including children with special healthcare needs. The workshop will review already existing tools and frameworks that can be modified to include pediatric needs, as well as partnerships and organizations with vested interest that can be leveraged in planning to improve outcomes and allow for pediatric considerations to be integrated throughout local and state emergency plans. A special focus on resilience and recovery will highlight best practices already being employed specifically for children, and what opportunities exist to explore successful recovery strategies further.

Meeting Objectives:

• Discuss progress being made in different sectors around the country related to the 2010 National Commission Recommendations and opportunities for integrating related pediatric work into local and state planning efforts
• Discuss opportunities to augment children’s benefits by leveraging existing coalitions 
        o  Explore coalition challenges and successes from federal, state, local and provider perspectives
• Describe opportunities to strengthen public health partnerships to address the needs of children and families
• Understand barriers and challenges to better financial systems related to pediatric preparedness 
        o Discuss importance of healthcare financing education among stakeholders 
        o Consider strategies to reduce the financial burden on public health and healthcare facilities
• Emphasize different capabilities needed for mass care and sheltering to provide for families and children with special healthcare needs
• Examine resilience strategies that lead to successful recovery in children after a disaster
• Understand current approaches and interventions to improve recovery in children after any type of emergency or disaster  


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