EMSC Communities of Practice

The federal EMSC Program and the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) continue to seek better methods for providing support to our grantees and stakeholders and to facilitate innovation through collaboration and collective learning. Review of best practices across other federal programs, as well as in the private sector, show some impressive results from the use of Communities of Practice (CoP). In 2014, the Program began offering its first CoP. The focus of the community is on pediatric disaster planning and preparedness.

Upcoming Web Conferences

  • No Communities of Partnership webinars are scheduled at this time.


Archived Web Conferences

May 24, 2016

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 22). Welcome to the 22nd meeting of the EMSC Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP. In honor of EMS Week and EMSC Day, this special event will be dedicated to the first responders on the front lines in disaster planning, response, and recovery. Speakers include Rodger Marsden, PhD, MFT, from the Alameda County Social Services in Oakland, CA, and Terry Clancy, PhD, NRP, from the New Jersey Department of Health.

April 26, 2016

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 21). The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) is a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway that ensures all stakeholders at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government levels; in nongovernmental organizations; and in the private sector have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. ASPR TRACIE supports timely access to information and promising practices, identifies and remedies knowledge gaps, and provides users with responses to a range of requests for technical assistance. This month, the CoP welcomes ASPR TRACIE Project Director Shayne Brannman and ICF TRACIE Project Director Meghan Treber to talk about this amazing resource and how it can be used to assist in local pediatric disaster planning and preparedness efforts.

March 22, 2016

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 20). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. To accomplish this mission, CDC also conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

This meeting featured Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, lieutenant commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Children’s Preparedness Unit (CPU), who provided an overview of the CPU and the overall effort in children’s emergency preparedness within the agency.

February 23, 2016

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 19). During the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina more than 5,000 children became separated from their families. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous funder, Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA), a non-profit organization that serves as the nation’s leading voice for child care, launched a new emergency preparedness program in 2015. The program will focus on training and educating Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and child care providers on the important role of child care before, during, and after emergencies. Join Andrew Roszak, CCAoA senior director of Emergency Preparedness, to learn more about this new program. 

January 26, 2016

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 18). To start the new year, community members from across the country will share their stories about pediatric disaster preparedness activities in their state, community, or organization, including accomplishments or successes in the past year, current projects underway, and something they would like to accomplish in 2016. CoP participants includeMcKenzie Beamer, Billie Collier, Duane Spenser, Deb Reopke, Karen Moore, Candy Iha, Patti Taylor, and Jason Silvas. 

November 24, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 17). Patricia Frost, MS, RN, PNP, director, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Contra Costa County, and founder and co-chair, California Neonatal/Pediatric/Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition, presented "Small Hospital Pediatric Disaster Preparedness: Building Local Capability." The focus was on the special challenges a pediatric mass casualty event or community disaster affecting families pose for small hospitals and how large and small hospitals can build pediatric capability.

October 27, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 16). Meteorologist Wendy Marie Thomas from the National Weather Service (NWS) discussed the Storm Ready and Storm Ready Supporter programs and how each can be used to help improve readiness to reduce pediatric morbidity and mortality and increase community resiliency.

September 22, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 15). This webinar featured Sandy Nasca, CMI-V, and Julie Johnson, both of whom discussed the vital role of the family in assuring that the needs of children with special functional and access needs are well integrated into disaster planning, preparedness, and response. 

August 25, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 14). This meeting featured Kate Remick, MD, who led a discussion on the importance of pediatric emergency care coordinators and their role in pediatric disaster preparedness. Leaders and champions from within the community, as well as specially invited guests from across the country had the opportunity to share ideas and best practices, discuss challenges, and identify resources for the development and support of pediatric disaster preparedness leadership in the local, state or regional disaster preparedness community. Please note that the recording started after the introductions. A pdf of the entire presentation is also available for download.

July 28, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 13). This meeting focused on pediatric disaster preparedness education and training. The community reviewed recommendations and curricula resources, and engaged in interactive discussion to learn what others are doing to incorporate pediatric disaster preparedness education in to their local, state, or regional disaster preparedness activities. Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, from the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health facilitated the discussion.

June 23, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 12). This meeting represented a milestone as it marked the Community's one year anniversary, wrapping up the pilot phase of this project. The Community reviewed the one-year evaluation questionnaire and engaged in discussion on what is working and how to improve the community in the coming year. 

May 26, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 11). In May, the Community discussed perinatal disaster preparedness. The featured speaker was Naola Austin, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine.

April 28, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting 10). In April, the Community discussed building and maintaining collaboratives and coalitions. Featured speakers included Dan Stanley, chair for the Arizona Pediatric Disaster Coalition, and Deb Roepke, executive director for the Coyote Crisis Coalition.

March 24, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Nine). This meeting featured multiple organizations and agencies and served as a "Virtual Meet and Greet." Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, hear what each organization is doing to improve pediatric disaster preparedness, and learn about the tools and resources available.

February 24, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Eight). This event featured Eileen Elias, M.Ed, from JBS international's Disability Services Center discussing the Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources Tool. This was part of a broader discussion on psychological first aid and mental and behavioral health resources for disaster preparedness.

January 27, 2015

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Seven). This meeting featured Sarah Thompson, associate director of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, and focused on helping families and communities prepare for emergencies through the Get Ready Get Safe initiative. Ms. Thompson discussed disaster preparedness for child care facilities and schools and the resources Save the Children can offer families and disaster planners.

November 25, 2014

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Six). This meeting focused on two new resources for pediatric disaster preparedness: The Checklist Tool for Pediatric Disaster Preparedness (for EMS systems) and the Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Policies. The discussion covered an overview of each checklist and how it was developed, a review and discussion of the essential pediatric considerations and where they intersect in these two documents, and a walk-through of the recommended resources.

October 28, 2014

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Five). This meeting featured Mark Cicero, MD, and included a brief presentation and discussion on pediatric triage training and evaluation. Participants also investigated reaching child care providers for disaster preparedness.

September 23, 2014

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Four). Led by New Jersey EMSC Program Manager Eric Hicken, CPM, EMT-P, and EMSC National Resource Center EMS Program Manager Tony Gilchrest, MPA,EMT-P, this meeting focused on pediatric data resources and how the data can be used to accomplish pediatric disaster preparedness goals from planning to writing grants and proposals to developing education modules. Special thanks to Craig Hemmingway from the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center for participating in the call and for providing valuable information about NEDARC’s data resources and training programs.

July 30, 2014

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Three/In-person Meeting). This in-person meeting took place during the 2014 EMSC Program Meeting at the Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. The meeting featured Cynthia Hansen, PhD, senior advisor, Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs (HPP), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. She gave a brief presentation on the partnerships and coalition building for pediatric disaster preparedness and the HPP and EMSC partnership. CoP members then worked in groups to identify learning objectives and develop action plans for the group and their programs for the coming year.

July 22, 2014

Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP (Meeting Two)This web conference featured New Mexico State Partnership Program Director and State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) Grantee Robert Sapien, MD. Dr. Sapien discussed working across cultural, organizational and geographical boundaries and how that relates to everyday pediatric readiness for extraordinary events.

June 24, 2014

Inaugural Meeting of the Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness Community of Practice (CoP). Moderated by New Jersey EMSC Program Manager Eric Hicken, this web conference featured Steven Krug, MD, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. Dr. Krug provided a brief presentation on "Leveraging the EMSC Communities of Practice Towards Pediatric Disaster Preparedness". During the webinar, group members began to lay the framework for the community moving forward, discussing common themes and key learning objectives.

May 13, 2014

An Introduction to Communities of Practice (CoP) and the EMSC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness CoP Pilot Project. This webinar provided an overview of the CoP model and introduced the new EMSC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness CoP Pilot Project. The targeted audience included all EMSC State Partnership managers, directors, and family representatives. This web conference was not archived. For more information about the introductory webinar, please contact Tony Gilchrest.