National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD): Metrics of Baseline Vulnerability in Pediatrics Health Care Services Report   [open pdf - 141KB]

From the Introduction: "The concept of a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) rests on the aspiration of a strong and resilient local healthcare system that can withstand, respond to, and recover from disasters and public health crises. The different effects and recovery trajectories from the three major U.S. hurricanes of 2017 - Harvey, Irma, and Maria - invite inquiry as to why some areas can respond better and faster than others after disaster. A baseline assessment of vulnerabilities in healthcare delivery would be invaluable in predicting an area's need for outside assistance and prognosis over short, medium, and long-term timescales, enabling a more targeted direction of resources. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) asked the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) to develop a list of metrics that could define the baseline status and vulnerability of an area's ability to deliver pediatric healthcare."

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