Funding Opportunity Announcement: Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence

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In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sought information on general concepts and specific ideas from those in the health care and, more specifically, the pediatric care community about a vision for an archetype of a more comprehensive, enhanced, national capability for pediatric care during disasters. We thank you for the tremendous amount of feedback we received. The information helped ASPR develop a new funding opportunity, which we are excited to announce is now available.

Today, ASPR released the Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the creation of up to two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence that will serve as pilot sites.

Children represent 25 percent of the U.S. population and face specialized medical issues due to their unique developmental and physiologic characteristics. Pediatric care requires specialized equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. While specialized pediatric hospitals provide excellent care for children on a day-to-day basis, special consideration needs to be given to providing pediatric care during public health emergencies and disasters, such as mass casualty incidents.

ASPR envisions this FOA as part and parcel to a multiyear plan to address pediatric disaster care needs as ASPR aims to address known gaps in pediatric disaster care of all pediatric patient populations by augmenting the existing clinical capabilities within states and across multi-state regions. Future elements of the vision would include field equipment, mobile medical facilities, telemedicine, and training and education.


Eligible applicants are limited to one or more public or private hospitals and/or corporate health systems. For the purposes of this FOA, a corporate health system is defined as an organized, coordinated, and collaborative network that (1) links various health care providers, via common ownership or contract, across three domains of integration – economic, noneconomic, and clinical – to provide a coordinated, vertical continuum of services to a particular patient population or community, and (2) is accountable both clinically and fiscally for the clinical outcomes and health status of the population or community served, and has systems in place to manage and improve them.

This FOA does not aim to establish the Network in its entirety, but instead funds a limited number of demonstration projects that will help identify issues, develop best practices, and demonstrate the potential effectiveness and viability of this concept to apply nationwide. COEs will be expected to develop and/or improve their capability and capacity to provide highly specialized care to pediatric patients within and outside their own region through the pursuit of the objectives of this announcement. To be maximally successful in the project period, applicants should have existing pediatric preparedness capabilities and the capacity to manage pediatric patients within their own state and within a self-defined multi-state region during a disaster.

Posted: July 1, 2019

The deadline for applications is August 27th.