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Pediatrics in Disasters Online Course

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Pediatrics in Disasters Program


Addressing a Critical Need

Although a quarter of the world’s population is under the age of five, 50 percent of the victims of man-made and natural disasters are children. Children are vulnerable in disasters for physiological, psychological, and developmental reasons. Too often medical staff are ill prepared for pediatric triage and emergency stabilization in terms of knowledge and experience, as well as equipment and supplies.

Pediatricians can be an important source of information, support, and help for the community, school, families, and children. Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, pediatricians and other health professionals must ensure that local, regional, and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents. In order to do this effectively pediatricians must be trained and motivated to take on this task.

 

Program Overview

The Pediatrics in Disaster (PEDs) training program trains healthcare providers to prioritize life-saving care for children in disasters. Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, pediatricians and other health professionals must ensure that local, regional, and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents.

The PEDs training program was initiated in 2004 as a collaboration among the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute and the Association for Health Research & Development (ACINDES). Dr. Stephen Berman, the Center for Global Health Director, was the Editor and Course Director.

In 2011 the Center for Global Health assumed responsibility for the training program, carried out an update of the program materials, and developed an interactive online version of the training. The course, delivered over three or four days, includes lectures with standardized PowerPoint presentations and notes, as well as small group problem-based learning (PBL) exercises. 

The small group PBL exercises reinforce the lecture presentations through role-playing, case discussions, and clinical skills practice workshops. The course finishes with a mass casualty simulation that allows participants to apply the skills of organization, communication, triage and the care of trauma victims. Course materials are now available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Vietnamese. The course design emphasizes active learning through repetitive exposure and demonstration of competency.

The PEDS program has three main aims. First, establish national PEDS training centers in LMICs to carry out “train the trainer” courses and promote replication of the training throughout the country, especially in areas prone to natural events. Second, facilitate collaboration among professional societies, hospitals, medical schools, and governmental agencies in carrying out the courses to hopefully improve coordination related to pediatric disaster preparedness planning and response. Third, train pediatric health professionals in LMICs and motivate them to participate in pediatric disaster planning and response activities for their communities.

A new editorial board is being established to continuously update course materials that will include Save the Children, Medicine San Frontiers, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, as well PAHO and the AAP.

 

Current Impact/Results

The Center for Global Health has developed the training curriculum that can be taken online and in person. Since 2012, the PEDs training program has been held every November in Colorado. Participants include medical, nursing, and public health students, residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as physicians and health professionals from around the country and world.

Faculty from the Center for Global Health have facilitated 23 courses in 15 countries throughout Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

Center for Global Health

13199 East Montview Boulevard, Suite 310
Mail Stop A090
Aurora, CO 80045


303.724.7430
globalhealth.ucdenver.edu

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