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Pediatric Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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A Resource for Pediatricians

This new comprehensive report serves as a practical resource that pediatricians can consult in planning for and responding to natural disasters and bioterrorist events.  A separate summary highlights significant parts of the report for quick reference.

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Pediatric Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness: A Resource for Pediatricians enables pediatricians to become informed and aware of their roles in disaster preparedness and response. The report was prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The Resource and the Summary will help the pediatrician:

  • Understand the roles of government agencies in planning for and responding to disasters and bioterrorism.
  • Understand the roles for the pediatrician in planning and responding.
  • Know how to communicate and coordinate with government agencies at all levels.
  • Recognize and care for mental health needs of children in the aftermath of a disaster.
  • Learn how to develop an emergency preparedness plan for pediatric practices.
  • Learn about the mechanisms and outcomes of various categories of terrorist events and natural disasters.

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Bioterrorism Research Portfolio

This resource is one of more than 50 studies, workshops, conferences, and other activities funded under the Agency's bioterrorism research portfolio. AHRQ sponsors research that provides the evidence base for tools and resources needed in bioterrorism planning and response. For more information, go to:

AHRQ Publication Nos. 06(07)-0056 (Full Report) and 06(07)-0056-1 (Summary)
Current as of October 2006


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