University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has received $48 million to establish a regional pediatric pandemic network to support children’s health facilities in planning and preparing for global health threats, including pandemics, and to support communities in the daily lives of children. pediatric preparedness.
The grant — the largest UH Rainbow has ever received — comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), according to a press release.
“This new network will help accelerate the research-based transformation of pediatric care for sick and injured children in national organizations and infrastructures, and we are proud to lead the effort here in Cleveland and the nation,” Dr. Daniel Simon, chair of academic and external affairs and chief scientific officer of UH, said in a provided statement.
The effort will build on work supported in 2019 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to establish the Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Consortium for Disaster Response (EGLPCDR), led by UH Rainbow and five other children’s hospitals in Michigan and Ohio. The EGLPCDR, one of only two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence in the country, has laid the foundation for a multifaceted approach to address the disaster cycle gaps of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for nearly 7 million children, according to the expense.
This effort also leverages the structures of EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center, a technical support center based at UH Rainbow and Dell Children’s in Austin, Texas, according to the release.
dr. Charles G. Macias, chief of pediatric emergency medicine and chief quality officer at UH Rainbow, serves as co-primary investigator of the ASPR grant and will lead the new HRSA-supported Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network, according to the release.
“We started this work before the global pandemic, and 2020 has proven the importance for hospitals, healthcare infrastructure, government and private entities to work together to create a coordinated emergency response model,” Macias said in a statement. “This grant is a great opportunity to develop a national model whose impact can inform all aspects of pediatric preparedness, from everyday efforts to global health threats.”
In addition to UH Rainbow, the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network includes, according to the publication: University of California San Francisco-Benioff Children’s Hospital, University of Louisville School of Medicine-Norton Children’s Hospital, University of Utah Health-Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
The geographically wide network will serve as a hub-and-spoke model of expertise. To support pediatric and disaster preparedness efforts, the network will include targeted domains (such as trauma, justice, analysis, and others) to define best practices as supported by the ASPR, HRSA, Emergency Medical Services for Children, and other existing working groups. according to the press release.
“We are grateful for this transformative grant from HRSA to continue the critical work for the safety and well-being of our children across our country,” said Heidi Gartland, UH head government and community relations officer, in a statement. . “We are so lucky to have wonderful elected officials who understand the importance of these funds. University hospitals are especially grateful for the efforts of Congressman Dave Joyce, who led this effort and then partnered with other members of Northeast Ohio, including Congressman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Tim Ryan and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez to secure the last legislative language.”
As vaccine immunity increased, rates of COVID-19 in adults declined, while cases in children rose from 3% of all cases to 22% of all cases between May 2020 and May 2021, according to the release.