Online Program

Meeting the Training Needs of those Caring for Children in Disasters

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, MD
Brian Altman, PhD, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, MD
Kelly Gulley, MPH, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Rockville, MD

In its 2010 report, the National Commission on Children and Disasters identified a number of gaps in the nation’s care of children in disasters. One key recommendation was the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) should develop pediatric training for disaster health responders. This session will describe an effort to facilitate learning by a wide range of public health and clinical professionals on two key topics impacting children in disasters: psychosocial impacts of disasters on children and radiation disaster issues in children.


With expert authors and reviewers from the public health, medical and EMS communities, learning objects were developed for online training. Attention was given to the tenets of public health education and the needs of adult learners. The range of circumstances in which health professionals might access the content was recognized.


The learning objects were released as free online lessons with continuing health education credit via the NCDMPH website. The learner is provided an introduction to the general issue followed by in-depth resources and case-based scenarios. User data will be included which reflects the wide accessibility of the lessons.


As the public health and disaster response community continues to fill critical gaps in education and training for health professionals on the needs of vulnerable populations in disasters, this development process illuminates online learning options for a range of health professionals, which involved subject matter expert input, attention to adult learner needs, accessibility in a range of circumstances, and anticipation of future updates.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how the content and development process of two learning objects are applicable in their work setting.

Keyword(s): Child Health, Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked on the development of the learning objects being presented in my capacity as a public health leader at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.