Prehospital Pediatric Readiness

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In 2019, the EIIC convened a Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project Steering Committee to guide and plan next steps for pediatric readiness in the prehospital setting. This included identifying gaps and priority areas of focus and coordinating complimentary public relations activities among our national partners, so as to support and not duplicate efforts.

Goal & Vision

Goal: Ensure emergency care for all children

Vision: That all EMS agencies have the appropriate resources, including physician oversight, trained and competent staff, education, policies, medications, equipment, and supplies, to provide effective emergency care for children.

Recognizing pediatric readiness gaps in emergency systems across the U.S., the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project has as its primary purpose the improvement of pediatric emergency care outcomes and patient safety within the prehospital environment (local, regional and state levels). The Steering Committee will collaborate to address these pediatric gaps, while creating and sharing guidelines and resources essential to the provision of safe and effective prehospital care to children.


  1. Nationwide rollout of a prehospital pediatric readiness checklist (complete - click here to view)
  2. Create and publish prehospital pediatric readiness toolkit (complete - click here to view)
  3. Develop sustainability plan (2022)
  4. Disseminate national pediatric readiness assessment (2024)

Project Support

The PPRP Leadership Team recognizes the tremendous support that the organizations involved in this project are providing. Click here to view a Letter of Support from participating organizations.

We are grateful for the additional support provided by other organizations. While these organizations are not members of the Steering Committee, any additional local, regional, or national support is encouraged and welcome! If you would like to add yourself (as an individual) or your organization to this support letter, please email The current letter is located here.

Project Leadership

The Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP) is led by:


Kathleen Adelgais, MD, MPH

PPRP Co-Lead More Information

Dr. Adelgais is an Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado EMS for Children State Partnership program, is the past-chair of the Pediatrics Committee for National Association EMS Physicians, and previously represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Board of Directors for Committee on the Accreditation EMS Programs. She also serves as the scientific advisor for the Aurora Fire Department EMS affiliate role in PEM-NEWS node within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Nationally, she represents the Pediatric Emergency Physician Sector on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC).

Rachael Alter

Rachael Alter, BS

Project Co-Lead More Information

Rachael Alter has been a Program Manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) for 10 years, providing staff support to both the Pediatric Emergency Care Council and the Data Managers Council. In addition to Prehospital and State Partnership Domain work within the EIIC, she co-leads the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project, and provided support to the Prehospital Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Learning Collaborative. Prior to joining NASEMSO, Rachael was the EMSC program specialist for the Idaho Bureau of EMS for five years, which included service to rural providers and trauma registry contract management.

Kathleen (Kathy) Brown, MD

Project Co-Lead More Information