Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence (ASPR)

Disaster ED clinicians Prehospital

To date, the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has awarded three cooperative agreements to pilot the creation of Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence (COE) to improve disaster response capabilities for children in the United States.

The centers are tasked with developing or improving their capability and capacity to provide highly specialized care to pediatric patients within and outside their own regions. The pilot projects also aim to define the delivery of pediatric clinical care when existing systems become stressed or overwhelmed. They will ensure the needs of all pediatric patients, including children with special health care needs, along with their parents and caregivers are considered and integrated into the Pediatric Disaster Care COE plans and operations.