Funding opportunity for pediatric disaster care centers of excellence
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sought ideas earlier this year from the healthcare and pediatric care community for more comprehensive and enhanced pediatric care during disasters. ASPR is now pleased to release 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% of the U.S. population and face specialized medical issues due to their unique development and physiological 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.
ASPR envisions this FOA as part and parcel of a multiyear plan to address known gaps in disaster care for pediatric patients 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. Applicants must be a public or private hospital and/or corporate health system. Applications must be submitted by August 27, 2019.