New Effort Based at UH Rainbow Improves Pediatric Preparedness for Health Threats
November 11, 2022
Innovations in Pediatrics | Fall 2022
The $48 million effort headed by UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to establish a Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network is quickly paying off for children and families in the Midwest region.
The effort funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is led by Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH, Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Chief Quality Officer at UH Rainbow, and it supports the planning and preparation of child health care facilities to respond to global health threats, including pandemics, and support communities in everyday pediatric readiness.
Region V for Kids, an ASPR-funded Pediatric Disaster Center of Excellence, is led by Deanna Dahl Grove, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In the past three years, they have shown the reach and impact of the network, helping vulnerable children and their families prepare for disaster incidents with tools like this:
The Be Ready: Tips for Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities and Medical Needs Toolkit offers a suite of multi-language infographics and just-in-time ADA compliant videos that are available via the website link and YouTube.
The Disaster and Families of Children with Disabilities: What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know Toolkit consists of a four-minute video, infographic and provider teaching checklist.
Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH
Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine