Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Quality Collaborative (PDPQC)

Clinicians Disaster Prehospital Quality Improvement

Application Period Extended Through August 25th!

The collaborative officially launched July 7th. However, we are still accepting applicants! Please see our schedule of events for a breakdown of the collaborative.

If you are interested in participating, please email Meredith Rodriguez, PhD at

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The national Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center has partnered with the Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Consortium for Disaster Response to conduct a free Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Quality Collaborative.

The mission of the collaborative is to enhance the ability of hospitals to receive and treat children in response to a disaster. All types of hospitals are welcome to participate regardless of location, patient volume, inpatient capabilities or pediatric expertise.

Participants can expect to enhance their overall level of disaster preparedness through access to national pediatric disaster preparedness experts who will provide expertise and best practices for caring for children during a disaster. Hospitals will also build important relationships with partners in their community such as regional children’s hospitals, EMS agencies as well as public health and emergency managers.

Each institution will be asked to identify at least one pediatric champion who will commit 1-2 hours per week for a total of 20 weeks, or 40 hours total.  Hospital leadership is not required to participate. However, he or she must sign a Letter of Commitment acknowledging participation of the pediatric champion.

The collaborative will take an all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness beginning with an environmental scan. The aim of the environmental scan is to inform the collaborative of the disaster preparedness activities at each hospital so that collaborative activities can integrate with ongoing disaster preparedness efforts within each hospital. Participants will then progress through a series of 8, 2-week modules from July to October 2020. These modules are broadly divided into three focus areas: internal coordination, regional coalition building and patient tracking/reunification. Each focus area will be introduced during a Learning Session (conducted via teleconference) led by a national pediatric disaster preparedness expert. 

Interested hospitals should complete the Intent to Participate survey here: A formal application will be emailed to the email address provided.

Additional questions can be directed to Meredith Rodriguez, PhD at


If you are interested in participating in the collaborative, please complete the following RedCap survey:

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This collaborative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

For more information, questions or issues, please email Meredith Rodriguez, PhD at