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NACCD Working Groups

From medical countermeasures to workforce development to coalition building, the board examines a wide range of topics. Learn how the board's working groups improve preparedness for children in disasters.


Current Working Groups:

Funding Strategies Working Group
The Funding Strategies Working Group (FSWG) will examine the current landscape for pediatric disaster readiness. The FSWG will take an evidence-based approach to their assessment of existing and potential funding opportunities, explore economic models for funding, as well as identify barriers and gaps in need of mitigation and improvement. The FSWG will also apply this knowledge to develop a report incorporating actionable government recommendations related to public policy, funding allocations and acquisitions, and future research agendas to build and strengthen the capacity to address short- and long-term pediatric health consequences of disasters.


Future Strategies for Children Working Group
The ASPR Future Strategies for Children Working Group (FSCWG) will identify future strategies to advance the ASPR’s mission as it relates to infants, children and teens. The ASPR FSCWG will assess the National Preparedness and Response Science Board’s (NPRSB) Future Strategies Work Group Report as a starting point in developing a prioritized set of recommendations for the ASPR specific to children’s needs in disasters. The work group will also cross-walk previous NACCD reports during this assessment and highlight findings that remain of particular significance for the ASPR in the future. In developing its report, the ASPR FSCWG may assess environmental, scientific, fiscal, policy, and other relevant spheres in the ASPR’s mission space.


Pediatric Disaster Training Working Group
The Pediatric Disaster Training Working Group (PDTWG) is established under the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD). The PDTWG will review the 2011 National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) Conference Consensus Report and recommendations and assess current pediatric disaster training resources and gaps across hospitals, schools, child care centers and the general public. The PDTWG will identify priority health, mental health and safety needs of children and youth during and after disasters. The aim is to improve health professional, responder, teacher, childcare provider, family member, youth and the general public’s knowledge and confidence to act to support children and youth during and after disasters. The PDTWG will develop a report or other appropriate deliverables to support the health and safety needs of children in disasters to help ensure providers, responders, childcare workers and the general public can respond to their needs.



Past Working Groups:

Health Care Preparedness Working Group
The Health Care Preparedness Working Group (HCPWG) addressed health care preparedness for public health threats, medical disasters, and mass-trauma/casualty emergencies as it concerns the pediatric population. The HCPWG examined topics including workforce development , coalition best practices, and current funding structures. The HCPWG also developed strategies for identified gaps and suggested best practices and tools for increasing pediatric health care readiness during public health and medical threats, disasters, and emergencies.


Human Services Working Group
The Human Services Working Group (HSWG) will explore how recent disaster events effected and compromised steady state human service and child serving systems in the community and how these same systems have provided support to children and their families when impacted by disaster. The HSWG will also explore strategies and approaches that promote and support the resilience and more rapid and equitable recovery of human services systems that support children and families when disasters affect the communities in which they live. The HSWG will also identify gaps, areas in need of further research and funding, and will seek opportunities for improvement, including changes to public policy.


NPRSB/NACCD Joint Youth Leadership Working Group
The NPRSB/NACCD Joint Youth Leadership Working Group (YLWG) will address the issues and opportunities associated with engaging our nation’s youth in early identification and development of next-generation leadership in preparedness, response, and resilience. The YLWG will highlight the unique contributions that these emerging leaders can make to community and national preparedness and response, and will pay particular attention to the range of language and cultural backgrounds, family composition, socioeconomic status and other factors that characterize the country. The YLWG will identify promising practices, and recommend a discreet, prioritized set of strategies and tactics to accomplish this goal.


Surge Capacity Working Group
The Surge Capacity Working Group (SCWG) addressed the current state of readiness across the nation for a surge of pediatric patients in the event of an infectious disease outbreak and focused on how health care organizations would currently cope with large numbers of ill or infectious pediatric patients. The SCWG identified strategies that improved local readiness capabilities in the short term for a potential infectious disease crisis. In addition, the SCWG reviewed current best practices and tools for building community health care coalitions specifically focused on children’s needs in a disease outbreak.


National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD)

  • This page last reviewed: October 03, 2017