Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Quality Collaborative (PDPQC)

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Please note the new dates! Due to Coroanvirus (COVID-19), the launch date and modules have been postponed until May and June


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 within the eastern great lakes region 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 in May 2020. 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 9, 2-week modules from June 15 to September 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

Too Much of a Time Commitment?

Consider our MOC Part 4 Initiative

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation & Improvement Center (IIC), with assistance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, has developed a new Maintenance of Certification Part 4 Initiative – Pediatric Disaster Preparedness. Targeted toward hospital departments that take care of children, this initiative aims to better prepare participants to create change strategies that will increase departmental preparedness for disasters. Additional information about this opportunity is available online, including a MOC Recruitment PowerPoint that describes the requirements for participation. After confirming participation in this initiative, an email will be sent prompting the participant to complete a required Environmental Scan that is due Wednesday April 15, 2020. Participants will be asked to complete the full initiative in 6 months. It is expected that about 10 hours of work would be needed to complete the initiative. Questions can be directed to


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)

Help Us Recruit!

Download PDPQC Site Recruitment Slides

Do you know of an institution in Ohio or Michigan that would be interested in participating? This downloadable slide set summarizes the goals of the collaborative.

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