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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Children’s HHS Interagency Leadership on Disasters (CHILD) Working Group

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) created the CHILD Working Group in February 2010 to integrate the needs of children across all HHS disaster planning activities and operations. The CHILD Working Group assessed current capabilities and facilitated coordination at the policy and response levels. The CHILD Working Group also developed a set of recommendations that could enhance how the Department provides and facilitates care to address the disaster-related health and human services needs of children (birth through age 17) during and after disasters or public health emergencies. The 2011 Update on Children and Disasters (2011 Summary) reported on the following areas: (1) mental and behavioral health; (2) medical countermeasures; (3) child physical health, emergency medical services, and pediatric transport; and (4) child care and child welfare. The 2012-2013 CHILD Report provided updates on those topics and added three additional areas of focus: (1) pregnant and breastfeeding women and newborns; (2) children with special health care needs and other subpopulations of children at heightened risk and historically under-represented in disaster planning efforts; and (3) enhancing collaboration across government and with non-governmental organizations (NGO).

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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