2011 Pediatric-Related News

AHRQ Suspends Funding Opportunity Announcement (12/29/2011)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is temporarily suspending individual career development Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) due to budget constraints. This change applies to the February 12, 2012, new application receipt date and March 12, 2012, receipt date for resubmission applications. More information can be found in the official grant policy notice published in the NIH Guide: Suspension of AHRQ Individual Career Development (K) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for February 5, 2012 Receipt Date, (NOT-HS-12-003).

NASEMSO Releases New Resource on National EMS Program Accreditation (12/27/2011)

The National Association of State EMS Officials’ (NASEMSO) Education Agenda Implementation Team (I-Team) is frequently asked about the organization’s support for national EMS program accreditation as described by the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. The I-Team has worked diligently to explain the process in a brand new reference Defining National EMS Program Accreditation.

The document is divided into the following sections: Background, Defining National Accreditation, The Relationship of National Accreditation to State Government, Rationale for EMS Community Support of the CoAEMSP, and Summary of National EMS Program Accreditation. The document also includes a chart that outlines compliance indicators with the Education Agenda.

CDC Releases Best Available Research Evidence (12/23/2011)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released Best Available Research Evidence which “enables researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to determine whether or not a prevention program, practice, or policy is actually achieving the outcomes it aims to and in the way it intends.”

The CDC has developed a comprehensive approach to evidence-based decision making which includes: (1) Best Available Research Evidence (evidence that assists in determining whether or not a prevention program, practice, or policy is achieving the outcomes it aims to and in the way it intends); (2) Contextual Evidence (factors that influence implementation, such as whether a strategy is useful, feasible to implement, and accepted by a particular community); and (3) Experiential Evidence (evidence based on the professional insight, understanding, skill, and expertise). The Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness is a tool that clarifies and defines standards of Best Available Research Evidence.

AAP Revises Policy Statement to Approve Swimming Lessons for Babies (12/22/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its position on swimming lessons for toddlers younger than 4 years old. Until now, the national pediatricians group has recommended against swimming lessons for very young children on the grounds that there was no evidence that early aquatic lessons reduced the risk of drowning or actually encouraged proficient swimming skills. What’s more, such programs could give parents and young children a false sense of confidence around water, according to the AAP.

The revised policy statement advocates lessons as early as age 1; however, the AAP does not recommend swimming or water-survival lessons for all toddlers. Rather, parents should decide when their child is developmentally ready for swimming. “Because children develop at different rates, not all children will be ready to learn to swim at exactly the same age.” For example, children with motor or cognitive disabilities may not be ready for swimming lessons until a later age.

Car Seats Protect Overweight Kids Too (12/20/2011)

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found no association between children's weight and their risk of crash-related injury when seated in an appropriate child safety seat or belt-positioning booster seat. The findings, published online this month in Pediatrics, were based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 1- to 8-year-old children involved in crashes and suggest that children, regardless of their weight, are optimally protected in a crash as long as they are restrained according to the most recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study also reinforces the important role pediatricians and family physicians play in making sure their patients are well-protected in vehicles. During each visit where height and weight are evaluated, they should counsel parents to check their child's measurements against their child's safety seat and to refer them to their local certified child passenger safety technicians for more information and guidance.

Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute Accepting Applications (12/16/2011)

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH)-Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accepting applications now through February 1, 2012 for future MCH leaders.

This program is designed to significantly "expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the maternal and child health systems of the future." It is designed to improve leadership capacity and teach learners how to create the kind of organizational culture that engages and motivates others.

FEMA to Engage Stakeholders in New "Think Tank" (12/15/2011)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is creating a forum to engage its "partners, promote innovation, and facilitate discussions in the field of emergency management" by reaching out to state, local, and tribal governments and all members of the public. The goal is to seek input on how to improve the emergency management system. Through the FEMA Think Tank, participants can join an online forum and/or monthly conference calls with Deputy Administrator Rich Serino.

DHS Integrates Pediatric Disaster Planning into Grantee Initiatives (12/05/2011)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released Supplement Resources: Children in Disasters Guidance. The guide targets Citizens Corps and other DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency grantees that are focused on emergency preparedness and response operations and activities. The guide's purpose is to provide grantees with information on how to incorporate children into their planning and purchase of equipment and supplies; provide training to a broad range of child-specific providers, agencies, and entities; and exercise capabilities relating to children, such as evacuation, sheltering, and emergency medical care.

As way of background, Citizen Corps coordinate volunteer activities that help make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. Citizen Corps Councils manage initiatives and programs to carry out project activities and priorities at the state, local and tribal level. One volunteer program sponsored by many Citizen Corps Councils is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

The Federal EMSC Program encourages all EMSC State Partnership grantees to establish partnerships, share resources, and reach out to their local Citizen Corps to develop ways to better integrate pediatrics into their state, local, and tribal disaster planning initiatives.

Calling All EMS Agencies to Join the Health Care Innovation Challenge! (12/02/2011)

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care, and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs (see Fact Sheet).

EMS agencies are eligible for these grants. In fact, "expanded use of community-based paramedics to provide basic services to extend available primary care resources in rural communities" is listed as an example of the type of project that the Innovation Center is looking for (see page 5 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement).

While it is exciting to see EMS referenced in this opportunity, proposals do not need to be limited to community-based paramedic projects. This grant may provide an opportunity to test alternative service delivery and payment models. There may be opportunities to look at the transformation of EMS agencies to address prevention, care coordination, team-based care, community-based care, and other initiatives long discussed and written about in documents such as the EMS Agenda for the Future.

Awards range from $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships, and multi-payer collaboratives, including EMS agencies. Put on your thinking caps, get your creative juices flowing, build partnerships and alliances, and get writing! A letter of intent is due December 19, 2011, with applications due January 27, 2012.

AHRQ Releases 2009 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) (11/21/2011)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) has released its newest Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database, the 2009 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), the largest all-payer emergency department (ED) database in the United States. NEDS was created to enable analyses of ED utilization patterns and support decision-making among public health professionals, administrators, policymakers, and clinicians. It also provides information on "treat-and-release" ED visits, as well as ED visits in which the patient was admitted to the same hospital for further care. The database includes all visits regardless of payer, including persons covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the uninsured.

CSYCP Releases Dates for its 2012 READY Summer Camps (11/14/2011)

The Center for School, Youth & Citizen Preparedness (CSYCP) will hold its 2012 Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth (READY) Camp from June 25 to 29. The primary purpose of the READY Camp is to provide youth with emergency and disaster preparation training. The camp will focus on: safety and injury prevention, first aid, CPR, and automatic external defibrillator training and on emergency preparedness, including terrorism, crime prevention, school security, and disasters.

The READY program was first piloted in the summer of 2005 and to date nearly 4,000 youth across the states of Wisconsin and Colorado and Ontario Canada have been trained.

On November 19, the READY Team will offer an American Heart Association Instructor's class. All READY instructors, camp counselors, and team advisors are encouraged to attend. For more information on becoming an instructor at the camp, contact Mary Jean Ershen, RN, BSN, at mjerschen@citizenpreparedness.org.

Report Finds Children in Rural Areas Face Different Health Challenges (11/10/2011)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the new report The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation in 2007, which examines data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The report reveals that children in rural areas are more likely to face different challenges to their health and have less access to care when compared with children in urban areas. Some of the findings include:

  • children living in rural areas are more likely to have public insurance, such as Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, while urban children are more likely to be privately insured; and

  • the percentage of children with chronic conditions such as obesity, asthma, and diabetes is highest amongst teenagers living in small rural areas.

In related news, the Division of Special Populations of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will host a conference on Health Outcomes Among Children and Families Living in Rural Communities from December 1-2, 2011, in Bethesda, MD. This two-day conference will bring together community members, researchers, health professionals, educators, policymakers, and members of professional organizations to identify research needs regarding the differences between health outcomes for children and families living in rural communities, compared to those in urban areas.

Now Available: AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course Materials (11/07/2011)

The American Heart Association (AHA) has released the newest materials for its Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. These materials have been updated with the 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

PALS is a video-based, instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of PALS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children by personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units.

AHRQ Funded Projects Focus on Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research (11/04/2011)

In 2011, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded 11 multi-year demonstration grants to evaluate the use and effectiveness of various simulation approaches and the role they can play in improving the safety and quality of health care delivery. A new fact sheet released by AHRQ summarizes these grant awards. Note that one of the grants addresses pediatric resuscitation methods.

AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction (10/31/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released the policy statement SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. An accompanying technical report, which expands its recommendations for reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to include recommendations for a safe sleep environment for all infants, is also available. The new recommendations were developed to reduce the risk of infant death from SIDS as well as death from known sleep-related causes, such as suffocation from soft bedding materials and entrapment from inappropriate sleep situations, such as becoming lodged between a mattress and headboard. Resources for parents are available on the AAP's HealthyChildren website.

UC Davis Recruiting for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program Scholars (10/28/2011)

The National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute awarded one of its six Institutional Training Awards in Emergency Medicine Clinical Research to EMSC grantees' Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH, and James Holmes Jr., MD, MPH, both of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Drs. Kuppermann and Holmes will direct the emergency medicine program at the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine.

Emergency medicine (EM) and pediatric EM investigators interested in participating in the program should complete the UC Davis EM K12 Application. Selected scholars will receive two to three years of protected, intensive training in research, with excellent salary and benefits. The scholars will also be awarded a Master of Advanced Study degree in Clinical Research. Areas of focused research include cardiovascular and pulmonary emergencies, as well as blood disorders and trauma evaluation and management.

HRSA Integrates New Media (10/27/2011)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently launched a "Find a Health Center" Android application. The Android app is the newest offering in HRSA Mobile. Also see "Find a Health Center" iPhone app. HRSA is also active on social media sites. Become a HRSA fan on Facebook and follow the agency on Twitter. For Google Plus devotees, HRSA has integrated the +1 button throughout the HRSA.gov website.

To see what other government agencies are doing with mobile technology, view Federal mHealth projects.

NCDMPH Releases Conference Report on Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Education (10/24/2011)

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) has released the Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Curriculum Development Conference Report, which summarizes the proceedings, outcomes, and next steps that were intended as the first step toward establishing a role-specific, competency-based, pediatric disaster preparedness education and training program.

The conference held March 8-9, 2011, in Bethesda, MD, brought together world-renowned pediatricians, surgeons, nurses, and emergency responders to begin to address the unmet education and training needs of medical responders who care for children in a disaster. Conference participants identified role-specific recommendations for personnel who would be characterized as "ambulatory care clinicians," "emergency department hospital staff" or "EMS first responders."

HHS Office of Adolescent Health Redesigns Website (10/13/2011)

The Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new information-rich website on adolescent health issues, including physical, mental and reproductive health, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. The website features national and state fact sheets, information and tips for parents and adults about talking with adolescents, research summaries, adolescent health resources from across federal agencies, opportunities to catch up on the latest news in adolescent health, and more!

PCORI Releases Funding Announcement (10/10/2011)

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has released a funding announcement for the PCORI Pilot Projects Grant Program. According to PCORI, the pilot projects will: (1) assist PCORI with ongoing development and enhancement of national research priorities for patient-centered outcomes research; (2) support the collection of preliminary data that can be used to advance the field of patient-centered outcomes research, providing the platform for a future PCORI research agenda; and (3) support the identification of methodologies that can be used to advance patient-centered outcomes research as well as identify gaps where methodological research needs further development

PCORI intends to commit up to $13 million during the first year in support of approximately 40 awards. Letters of Intent must be received on or before November 1, 2011. Grant applications must be received on or before December 1, 2011.

UNITAR/UNOSAT and Google Aim to Provide Map Data for Improved Disaster and Humanitarian Response (10/3/2011)

UNITAR/UNOSAT, the operational satellite applications program of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and Google have strengthened their collaboration by signing an agreement that will give the crisis response and humanitarian community increased access to Google Map Maker source data for use in their disaster response and humanitarian activities.

CDC Releases State-by-State Update Report on Preparedness and Response Activities (09/30/2011)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its fourth preparedness report, Public Health Preparedness: 2011 State- by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning. The report features national data as well as individual fact sheets with data on activities occurring from 2007 to 2010 in the 50 states and four directly funded localities (Chicago, the District of Columbia, Los Angeles County, and New York City) supported by CDC's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement.

HRSA Awards $28.3 Million to Improve the Health of Children with Special Health Care Needs (09/19/2011)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $28.3 million to 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) programs to help improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. LEND programs prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles; ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence; and enhance the ability of clinicians to diagnose, treat, and manage complex disabilities in youth and adolescents.

CDC Offers Preparedness Resources for State, Local, Tribal Public Health Directors and Pediatric Offices and Hospitals (09/16/2011)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide "The Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors" is intended to assist state, local, and tribal public health professionals in the initiation of response activities during the first 24 hours of an emergency or disaster. The guide provides useful information on the activation and integration of a jurisdiction's public health system into the existing emergency response structure during the acute phase of an incident.

NHTSA Efforts Culminate in Release of EMS Workforce Agenda (09/09/2011)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services has released EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide a vision for the future and to suggest strategies to help ensure a robust and capable EMS workforce in the 21st century. The University of California, San Francisco prepared the Agenda with funding from NHTSA and the federal EMSC Program.

FDA Seeking Comments on Draft Guidance (09/08/2011)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on the draft guidance Oversight of Clinical Investigations: A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring. The new draft guidance is being issued to assist sponsors of clinical investigations in developing risk-based monitoring strategies and plans for clinical investigations of human drug and biological products, medical devices, and combinations thereof. Comments to the draft guidance are due by November 28, 2011.

GAO Report Highlights Role of Data in Preventing Child Fatalities (09/06/2011)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced the final allocations for 12 preparedness grant programs totaling more than $2.1 billion in federal grants. These grants will assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation's ability to prevent, protect, respond to, recover from, and mitigate terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

DHS Announces More Than $2.1 Billion in Preparedness Grants (09/02/2011)

Recently, questions have been raised as to whether the federal National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, which is based on voluntary state reports to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), fully captures the number or circumstances of child fatalities from maltreatment. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine (1) the extent to which HHS collects and reports comprehensive information on child fatalities from maltreatment, (2) the challenges states face in collecting and reporting this information to HHS, and (3) the assistance HHS provides to states in collecting and reporting data on child maltreatment fatalities. Their report outlining their findings and recommendations is now available for download, see Child Maltreatment: Strengthening National Data on Child Fatalities Could Aid Prevention.

HHS Issues a Final Rule: Financial Conflict of Interest (08/26/2011)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that implements changes to the regulations on the Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94). The final rule includes a compliance implementation timeline as outlined in the "Compliance Dates" section.

September is National Preparedness Month! (08/25/2011)

National Preparedness Month kicks off in one week. With the recent earthquake along the east coast, it is more important than ever to empower and educate communities across the nation to take concrete actions to help keep themselves safe, better prepared, and more responsive during emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign provides several simple and practical steps every American can take to be better prepared.

The EMSC National Resource Center would love to know how your state or territory will celebrate National Preparedness Month. Send your pictures and stories to emscinformation@childrensnational.org. Better yet, submit a Tweet or Facebook message!

PCORI Seeks Input on Definition of Patient-centered Outcomes Research (08/12/2011)

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking input on its working definition of patient-centered outcomes research. Since there are different opinions about what this research includes, input is being gathered from everyone to help ensure the definition is appropriate. The deadline for feedback is September 2.

In addition, PCORI will issue a request for applications (RFA) in late September 2011 for a series of grants for "Tier 1 Pilot Projects." According to PCORI, the pilot projects will: (1) assist PCORI in establishing national priorities for research, (2) support the development of novel methods or the collection of preliminary data that can be used to advance the field of patient-centered outcomes research, and (3) inform the development of a future PCORI research agenda. PCORI has identified eight initial areas of interest for the pilot projects; however public feedback is needed on these topics. PCORI will review all of the input received and update, modify, or add to this list of potential areas of interest as appropriate to finalize the RFA. Public feedback closes on August 31, 2011.

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Curriculum Development Conference Report Released (08/12/2011)

The National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH) has released its conference report from the March 2011 Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Curriculum Development Conference. The report summarizes the meeting proceedings, outcomes, and next steps, supporting the creation of a competency-based pediatric disaster preparedness training program to addresses unmet training needs of medical responders who care for children in disasters. State Departments of Health and others can use this report to guide state-specific training programs.

Release of New WISQARS Cost of Injury Reports (08/04/2011)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is introducing a new WISQARS module that provide cost estimates for injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits in which the patient was treated and released. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) is a leading source of injury statistics in the United States. WISQARS is an interactive, web-based query system that provides data on injury deaths, violent deaths, and nonfatal injuries. Users can use the query system to create tables with medical (e.g., treatment and rehabilitation), work loss (e.g., lost wages, benefits, and self-reported household services), and combined (medical plus work loss) costs based on a number of variables, including intent and mechanism (cause) of injury, body region and diagnosis of injury, geographic location (for deaths only), sex, and age.

Now Released: America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011 (07/15/2011)

This Federal Interagency Forum on the Child and Family Statistics Annual Report addresses 41 indicators grouped by the topics of: family and social environment; economic circumstances; health care; physical environment and safety; behavior; education; and health.

The purposes of the report are to improve federal data on children and families and make these data available in an easy-to-use, non-technical format, as well as to stimulate discussions among policymakers and the public and spur exchanges between the statistical and policy communities.

HRSA Welcomes New Chief Public Health Officer! (07/08/2011)

Sarah Linde-Feucht, MD, has accepted the position of Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) chief public health officer. Dr. Linde-Feucht has been serving as acting chief public health officer since March. She is known for her work in HRSA's Office of Regional Operations. Before joining HRSA, Dr. Linde-Feucht was deputy director in the U.S. Department's Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

HHS Grants Boost Disaster Preparedness in Hospitals and Health Care Systems (07/08/2011)

More than $352 million in Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to improve disaster preparedness of hospitals and health systems across the nation. HPP grants facilitate the execution of preparedness plans developed by area experts by allowing for the purchase of equipment, including mobile medical units and communication equipment, and training of staff on disaster preparedness. Grantees are required to show their progress and capabilities with disaster exercises.

HHS Toolkit of Public Health Emergency Text Messages Now Available (06/27/2011)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a new toolkit of cell phone text messages advising people how to protect their health after a disaster. Messages are limited to 115 characters. Emergency responders can use the messages as they are or tailor the messages based on specific local needs. The toolkit currently features text messages relevant to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. As the toolkit expands, its content is expected to include health tips for additional types of disasters. Currently, 400 agencies have registered for this service.

HRSA Announces "HRSA in Your State" (06/20/2011)

Looking for real time data and information about the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) funded programs across all U.S. states and territories? Then check out HRSA's newly developed tool "HRSA in Your State!" The tool offers overviews of HRSA programs and current information on the number and amount of grants awarded down to the county level. The tool is interactive and linked to different pages on the HRSA website to provide further information about each program.

CHIPRA Pediatric Quality Measures Program: Request for Nominations for Expert Panelists (06/20/2011)

The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Pediatric Quality Measures Program is seeking nominees to help establish criteria for recommending improved children's healthcare quality measures for Medicaid and CHIP programs. CHIPRA is seeking experts in measurement science; health care quality measurement; children, adolescent, and perinatal health; health care disparities; e-measurement; and Medicaid and CHIP operations.

Approximately 15 experts will participate in a meeting to be held in Washington, DC, on September 18. In future years, expert panels will convene to evaluate new and enhanced children's health care quality measures using these criteria. Important guidance for submission of nominations can be found online. Nomination packages are due June 29 to chipra@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Newly Created Pediatric Trauma Society Now Accepting Members (06/15/2011)

The Pediatric Trauma Society is a newly launched multidisciplinary organization open to all providers interested in improving care of the injured child. The vision of this group is to be “a global leader in the field of pediatric trauma through optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy. The Pediatric Trauma Society will be an inclusive organization open to all those dedicated to the care of the injured child.” Registration and membership is currently free.

Reaching Out to Children and Youth Following Disasters (06/15/2011)

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University has developed a guide with resources for healthcare professionals assisting in helping children and adolescents cope with injury; loss of loved ones; destruction of homes and schools; and other trauma following a disaster.

HHS Awards $4.9 Million to Support Families of CSHCN (06/07/2011)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $4.9 million in new and continuing grants to support the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Funding for the centers was extended through 2012 by the Affordable Care Act and can be found online.

FL EMSC Announces Winner of 2011 EMS for Children Heroes Award (05/31/2011)

The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of EMS is pleased to announce that Michael Rushing, NREMT-P, RN, is the recipient of this year's EMS for Children Heroes Award. Michael works for the Sacred Heart Health Systems, is an American Heart Association clinical educator, and serves on the Florida EMSC Advisory Committee. Florida's EMSC Heroes Award honors a health care professional or organization for outstanding achievement in the care of ill or injured children in at least one of four areas: education, clinical care, community service or disaster management. The winner must successfully implement a program or initiative that supports the fulfillment of the Florida EMS Strategic Plan.

National EMS Culture of Safety Conference Announced (05/20/2011)

The National EMS "Culture of Safety" strategy is currently under development by the American College of Emergency Physicians through a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with support from the federal EMSC Program. A national conference will be held June 27-28, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Arlington, VA. The conference is open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Nominations for National EMS Awards Due June 1 (05/20/2011)

Each year, the National Association of EMTs collaborates with other national EMS organizations to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in EMS through the National EMS Awards program. Take the time today to nominate a colleague who consistently goes above and beyond. Nominations are open only through June 1. Note that each award recipients receive a $1,000 check, three core program registrations to EMS World Expo, plus $1,000 for travel and lodging to attend EMS World Expo/NAEMT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Award recipients will be recognized at the opening ceremony of EMS World Expo, and at the corresponding association meeting.

Invitation to Apply for National Child Passenger Safety Board Membership (05/13/2011)

The Membership Committee of the National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Board is now accepting applications for the 2012 Board. The following positions are open:

  • Child Passenger Safety Advocate: Candidate must be an individual representing the CPS community. Candidate will serve on the board as an individual; not as a representative of his/her employer.
  • Injury Prevention: Candidate must be involved in coordinating injury prevention programs.
  • Public Safety/Law Enforcement: Candidate must be a law enforcement professional.

Applications are due via email by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)/ 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) on June 30, 2011. For more information, contact Tess Benham, the Board Secretariat, at (630) 775-2159 or tess.benham@nsc.org.  

Recording, Transcripts for Culturally Effective Care Webinar Now Available (04/29/2011)

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, a cooperative agreement program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hosted a webinar on AAP's new online resource, the Culturally Effective Care Toolkit. This webinar highlighted a Healthy Tomorrows grantee's experience with creating culturally responsive health education materials and training providers how to manage diverse health literacy levels.

An audio recording, PowerPoint presentation, and transcripts are now available on the Community Pediatrics website. Browse the Healthy Equity page for additional resources on this topic.

NASEMSO Announces New Executive Director (04/22/2011)

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) recently announced Dia Gainor, MPA, as their new executive director beginning May 2, 2011. Ms. Gainor will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO's presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services. Her major duties and responsibilities will include outreach, representation and business development, along with staffing NASEMSO's EMS Data Council and the Pediatric Emergency Care Council.

The EMSC Program would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Gainor, a long time friend and advocate for pediatric emergency medical care.

NIH/NICHD Releases 2011 BPCA Priority List of Needs in Pediatric Therapeutics (04/22/2011)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are pleased to announce the release of the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) Priority List of Needs in Pediatric Therapeutics for 2011. This list, representing the highest priority drugs for study in pediatric populations, has been published in the Federal Register.

In transitioning from prioritizing drugs to therapeutics needs as mandated in the BPCA reauthorization of 2007, the NICHD recently implemented several changes to its prioritization process including researching preliminary drugs, improving NIH interagency collaborations, and soliciting expert input.

AAP Call for Nominations: 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award (04/14/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Epidemiology and the Council on Community Pediatrics are soliciting nominees for the ninth annual Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy. This award will recognize a pediatrician who has made outstanding contributions toward advocating for children and child health in the community through the effective use of epidemiologic data as part of that advocacy. The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2011.

AHA Releases New Course Materials for BLS Healthcare Providers (03/31/2011)

Last October, the American Heart Association (AHA) introduced their 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). Recently, the AHA announced the availability of their new Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers course materials. The materials incorporate the latest science and treatment recommendations from the 2010 Guidelines for CPR and ECC and highlight both pediatric BLS and advance life support (ALS) changes.

NHTSA Releases New Child Restraint Guidelines (03/24/2011)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revised its child restraint guidelines to be categorized by age rather than by type of child seat in order to keep pace with the latest scientific and medical research and the development of new child restraint technologies.

Under the new guidelines, NHTSA is advising parents and caregivers to keep children in each restraint type – including rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats – for as long as possible before moving them up to the next type of seat. The recommendations are consistent with the latest advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which were announced earlier this week.

To help promote the new guidelines, EMSC National Resource Center Acting Executive Director Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, appeared on local Fox affiliate WTTG. In addition, the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has posted multimedia information about AAP's new recommendations.

NASHP Paper to Help State Policymakers Make Informed Decisions About CSHCN (03/17/2011)

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has published The Affordable Care Act and Children with Special Health Care Needs: An Analysis and Steps for State Policymakers. This paper analyzes the opportunities and challenges in state implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in relation to children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families, and suggests some steps states can take to make sure ACA coverage works for this vulnerable population.

Volunteer Fire Council Publishes Grant Writing Guide (03/12/2011)

The National Volunteer Fire Council has published the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Writing Guide to assist fire and EMS divisions in grant writing. The guide offers several quick tips on funding opportunities, how to write a successful narrative, how to demonstrate a need, and how to contact a potential funder.

Solicitation for Best Practices in Family-Centered Care for Pediatrics (03/10/2011)

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the American Academy of Pediatrics are currently soliciting nominations for best practices in family-centered care by primary care pediatric practices for inclusion in a monograph about family-centered care. As pediatric clinicians strive to implement the medical home model, this monograph will feature practical and replicable strategies on how clinicians and families can partner together to provide optimal care for all children.

Nominations are being solicited from families, patients, staff, and physicians or other clinicians in primary care pediatric practices. If selected, physicians, other clinicians, staff ,and families of selected practices will be invited to participate in telephone interviews, and practices will be showcased in the monograph as examples of best practices.

Request for Comments on Proposed Vehicle-Child Restraint System Fit Program (03/03/2011)

On April 24, 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would establish a new consumer information program, as part of the New Car Assessment Program, to help caregivers find a child restraint system ("child safety seat'') that fits their vehicle.

Under the program, NHTSA will make available information from vehicle manufacturers as to the specific child safety seats the manufacturers recommend for individual vehicles. The agency has issued a Request for Comments on the Federal Register Notice that proposes a set of forms comprised of objective criteria, which vehicle manufacturers can use to identify child safety seats that fit their vehicles. Comments should be submitted no later than March 28, through the Federal Rulemaking Portal.

New NAEMT EMS Safety Course Debuts This Week (03/01/2011)

The National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) released its EMS Safety – Taking Safety to the Streets, a course designed to help reduce the number and intensity of injuries incurred by EMS practitioners in carrying out their work. The course increases students' awareness and understanding of EMS safety standards and practices and develops their ability to effectively implement these practices when on duty. The curriculum covers safety in emergency vehicles, at the operational scene, and while handling patients, as well as patient, practitioner, and bystander safety and personal health. All NAEMT continuing education courses are Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) accredited and meet National Registry (NREMT) recertification requirements.

Just Released: EMS Education Course for PEM Physicians (02/24/2011)

The new online educational resource EMS Education for the Pediatric Emergency Physician is now available. Created by pediatric EMS physicians, the resource will improve user's knowledge of EMS, and the suggested independent learning activities in the educational modules make it a potential adjunct to an EMS rotation for pediatric and emergency medicine residents and PEM fellows. It is an ideal educational resource for physicians wanting to increase involvement in local or regional EMS activities.

Call for Steering Committee Nominations for Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Project (02/22/2011)

The National Quality Forum is beginning Phase II of the Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Project. As such, they have issued a call for nominations for their steering committee. Regionalizing emergency medical care services is one policy option for improving care while making more efficient use of medical resources. Phase I of this project began in June 2010 and encompasses an environmental scan and a commissioned paper. Committee nominations must be submitted by March 10, 2011.

FEMA National Advisory Council Accepting Membership Applications (02/17/2011)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. As provided for in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, the Secretary of Homeland Security established NAC to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

Applications are being sought from those with expertise related to emergency management, emergency response, health scientist, standard settings, infrastructure protection, communications, and disabilities. Application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on March 4, 2011.

DE EMSC and NRC to Present at 2011 ENA Leadership Conference (02/16/2011)

Marie Renzi, MSN, RN, program manager for Delaware EMSC and Diana Fendya, MSN (R), RN, trauma/acute care specialist for the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) will present at the 2011 ENA Leadership Conference to be held February 16-20, in Portland, OR. Their presentation, "The Right Care When it Counts" National Initiatives for Improving the Care of Children in Your Emergency Department will provide information on EMSC performance measures impacting emergency departments as well as an update on the 2009 Joint Policy Statement for Care of Children in the Emergency Department (ED). They will also discuss opportunities for ED improvement, encouraging ED nursing leaders to consider partnering with state EMSC programs to continue efforts to improve the emergency care of children nationally.

AAP and NTAC to Host Webinar on Medical Home Model for Children's Mental Health (02/16/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (NTAC) will host the webinar Linking and Integrating with Primary Care: The Medical Home Model for Children's Mental Health at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, February 17.

The webinar will provide an overview of opportunities provided by the Medical Home model for children's mental health and primary care to strengthen their collaboration by shifting the paradigm from a referral-based system to a linked and integrated system. Participants will be introduced to the concept of the Medical Home, and examples will be provided of successful primary care-mental health linkages. Opportunities for enhanced collaboration within the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) also will be addressed.

ONC Provides Additional Funding to Accelerate CAH and Rural Hospitals' Switch to EHR (02/10/2011)

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, national coordinator for health information technology in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology announced an additional $12 million in new technical support assistance. These funds will help critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals adopt and become meaningful users of certified health information technology. This funding is in addition to the $20 million provided to ONC's Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in September 2010.

Call for Abstracts: AAP Conference on the Future of Pediatrics (02/10/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will host The Future of Pediatrics Conference on July 29-31, 2011, in Chicago, IL. The AAP invites the healthcare community to submit an abstract for a presentation or a poster, sharing successes and challenges as they work to improve children's access to a medical home and other needed services.

The AAP is also inviting submissions for concurrent session oral presentations. Please see attached document for oral topics and abstract guidelines. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011. If you have questions, please contact Jean Davis in the Division of Community-based Initiatives.

AHRQ and PAS Issue Call for Abstracts (02/03/2011)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program is accepting abstract submissions for its Research Methods Symposium on Patient-Centered Outcomes to be held April 30-May 3, 2011, in Denver, CO. The theme of the 2011 conference is "Methods for Developing and Analyzing Clinically Rich Data for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research." Authors of abstracts that are selected for the symposium will be invited to present their work at the symposium and to submit a complete manuscript for peer-review and publication in a special journal supplement.

Submissions are due by March 1. The symposium is a follow-up to the 2006 and 2009 AHRQ conferences on Methods in Comparative Effectiveness Research. Papers presented at past conferences were published in the journal Medical Care and can be freely downloaded.

The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) announces a call for Late-Breaking Abstracts for its 2011 PAS/Asian Society for Pediatric Research (ASPR) Joint Meeting in Denver, CO, April 30 - May 3. The purpose of the Late-Breaker Session is to ensure that the results of very recent, important clinical trials and scientific discoveries are presented at the 2011 Joint Meeting. Visit the PAS website to begin your online submission. The deadline for submissions is February 24.

AAP Offers Course on Office and Emergency Department Preparedness (01/20/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) PediaLink Learning Center is offering a course designed to prepare the pediatric office practitioner and the pediatric emergency physician to work as a team to provide care for children with emergent conditions. CME's are available for this course. Please register online.

AAP Endorses CPR Training in Secondary Schools (01/13/2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently endorsed the American Heart Association (AHA) science advisory "Importance and Implementation of Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) in Schools," published on Monday, January 10, 2011, in the journal Circulation. The advisory recommends that CPR training be a requirement for graduation from secondary school. The AAP First Aid/CPR chart has been revised based on the new AHA guidelines and will soon be available from the AAP website.

MCHB Report: Children's Health USA Databook (01/13/2011)

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) released its report on the health status and service needs of infants, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs. Child Health USA 2010 provides both graphical and textual summaries of data on more than 50 heath-related indicators. Topics include population characteristics; health status of infants, children, and adolescents; health services financing and use; and state and city data.

Ready or Not? 2010 Report Finds Many States Achieve Highest Ever Scores for Health Emergency Preparedness (01/06/2011)

The eighth annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report outlines state-by-state public health preparedness indicators and scores. Many states achieved their highest scores ever; however, several disparities continue to exist across the nation, especially when preparing for pediatric disasters. A few findings of the report include:

  • Twenty-five states do not mandate all licensed child care facilities to have a multi-hazard written evacuation and relocation plan.

  • Almost two-thirds of states (33 states) do not require all licensed child care facilities to have a written plan that accounts for children with special needs.

  • Ten states and the District of Columbia do not require K-12 schools to have a multi-hazard disaster plan.

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