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Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network

Our investments help children's hospitals and their communities be ready to care for children during disasters and public health emergencies.

Our Work in this Area

Through Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 cooperative agreement funding, we are establishing a network of children’s hospitals located in geographically diverse areas of the country.

This network and its pediatric experts will support the nation to better care for the unique needs of children in emergencies.  This work will enhance our health care system to:

  • Strengthen partnerships in their communities and in existing emergency preparedness systems
  • Improve and expand pediatric readiness of the emergency care system, inpatient settings, and out-of-hospital care settings
  • Adopt best practices, policies, and research-informed pediatric care

These children’s hospitals will serve as hubs in their communities and regions to improve the overall management and care for children during emergencies.

Network Investments

Right now, the network is comprised of two cooperative agreements, which support a network of 10 Children’s hospitals:

University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center’s Rainbow Babies, Cleveland, OH

  • University of California San Francisco-Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine-Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • University of Utah, Primary Children’s, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Saint Louis University-Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

  • Lurie Children’s Hospital (LCH) of Chicago, IL
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), Seattle, WA
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)- Children's of Alabama, AL
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Promoting Our Strategic Goals

This network will promote our strategic goals through enabling:

  • Access: Increasing the proportion of children’s hospitals working in partnership with all levels of emergency preparedness systems
  • Equity: Advancing health equity in all phases of planning, response, and recovery; making sure hospitals and communities respond effectively during a global health threat to historically under-resourced children and their families 
  • Capacity: Making sure the health workforce and the systems of care are equipped, coordinated, and comprehensive in their response
  • Impact: Reducing negative health consequences, such as severe illness and death, and promoting the highest level of well-being for children

Funding Details

This cooperative agreement lasts until 2026.

Contact Us


Lorah Ludwig, Lead Public Health Analyst

Emergency Medical Services for Children

Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health


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