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National Pediatric Pandemic Coordinating Center

Every child should have access to the highest level of care no matter where they live

To support this need, five of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals joined together to support the creation of the National Pediatric Pandemic Coordinating Center.

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The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the world exposed significant shortfalls in caring for our nation’s pediatric population, with data continuing to show that children are affected by the pandemic in ways that differ greatly from adults. While our health systems worked

to address the worst health crisis our nation has seen in over 100 years, they lacked not only critical supplies, but also standardized operating procedures and a coordinated response for a pandemic. This was exacerbated further when caring for children infected with COVID-19.

The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the world exposed significant shortfalls in caring for our nation’s pediatric population, with data continuing to show that children are affected by the pandemic in ways that differ greatly from adults.

While our health systems worked to address the worst health crisis our nation has seen in over 100 years, they lacked not only critical supplies, but also standardized operating procedures and a coordinated response for a pandemic. This was exacerbated further when caring for children infected with COVID-19.

Why Children’s Health is Integral to Controlling Pandemics

CHILDREN ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF PANDEMICS BECAUSE CHILDREN’S HEALTH IS THE FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY RESILIENCY:

  • Children are often vectors of disease (H1N1, COVID-19) and are targeted by outbreaks (Zika, H1N1)
  • The coronavirus pandemic exposed significant shortcomings in child and youth mental and behavioral health services and upstream prevention – all of which will need to be shored up before future pandemics occur.
  • Vulnerability in maternal and early childhood populations

COVID-19 HAS DEMONSTRATED A NEED FOR PEDIATRIC-SPECIFIC PANDEMIC PREPARATION:

  • Large clusters of high-risk patients (cancer, congenital heart disease, rare genetic diseases, etc.)
  • Children and expectant mothers may have elevated risks: 20% of children admitted have an underlying condition such as asthma. Among underserved populations, there have been higher hospitalization rates among Black and Hispanic children and expectant mothers.
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Our Solution:
Launching a Unified Pediatric Pandemic Response Across the United States

The National Pediatric Pandemic Coordinating Center (NPPCC) will focus on the development of a coordinated, strategic response to the COVID-19 crisis and pandemics of the future for the pediatric community.

This will be achieved through the dissemination of the best scientific evidence and clinical practices to pediatric communities across the country, including affiliated centers, based on the NPPCC’s five core pillars. As outlined, the NPPCC has tremendous potential to positively impact pediatric health and introduce the type of efficiency and speed needed to contain emerging infectious diseases in a pandemic situation.

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Our Core Pillars

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Partners

Five of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals in strategic regions across the country joined together to support the creation of the National Pediatric Pandemic Coordinating Center:

Projects

NPPCC partnering hospitals are participating in projects to educate and inform clinicians about pediatric pandemic response.

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Media

Our hospitals’ pandemic response efforts have been featured throughout national media.

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