Pediatrician Public Health Preparedness Resources

Ensuring the continuity of critical medical services to affected populations during and following a major disaster is an essential capability, which includes a focus on at-risk populations, particularly children. To that end, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) engaged the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at Drexel University School of Public Health and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop a plan for building a sustainable network of pediatric medical providers in ambulatory settings who can deliver healthcare to children throughout all phases of the emergency management cycle – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery – in partnership with public health and other stakeholders.

Pediatricians play an integral role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children during times of disasters. As a trusted community resource, parents and caregivers look to this group for expertise and the personal touch.

The following documents are offered as tools to assist both community pediatricians and local health departments in mutual planning and understanding of each other’s needs and capabilities.