Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Collaborative Launches July 7 with Course for Adult Hospitals to Join

The Eastern Great Lakes Consortium for Disaster Response and the national Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center will conduct a free Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Quality Collaborative July 7 to enhance the ability of hospitals to receive and treat children in response to a disaster. All types of hospitals are welcome to participate regardless of location, patient volume, inpatient capabilities or pediatric expertise.

The Eastern Great Lakes Consortium is led by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and includes five other children's hospitals in Michigan and Ohio, including OHA members Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s hospitals.

The program will include eight 2-week modules, one of which includes participation Sept. 10 in a virtual exercise. It is anticipated that it will take a designated pediatric champion 1- 2 hours per week or 20 hours total to complete. The collaborative is set to launch on July 7, but new participants will be accepted throughout July.

Interested hospitals can submit information here. Contact Meredith Rodriguez at for questions.