September 2018
Monthly Newsletter

Application packets to be available October 1st. Interested   hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email .  Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as Pediatric Ready or Pediatric Advanced. 

Beginning on January 1st, 2019, The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will require any new or renewing agency to identify a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator on the EMS Provider Agency Application.  Have questions on what this role might be for your EMS agency?  Please contact 

iEMSC will now be taking nominations for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana.  Please make your nomination today!  You can nominate your pediatric healthcare hero today by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to

EMS Agencies who have identified a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator please contact to participate in 3 focus sessions to discuss: responsibilities of the PECC, barriers to PECC implementation, pediatric-focused quality improvement, developing and implementing pediatric guidelines/protocols, and best practices in conducting pediatric skill assessment.  

Do you have an educational event in the near future? Please contact iEMSC, to notify of your upcoming pediatric training opportunities or pediatric related event.

This newsletter focuses on the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) role and will highlight different tools and resources to help support this important position. Please take a moment to view this quarter's newsletter and to forward it along to your colleagues.  If you would like to start receiving this newsletter please email


National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme:  Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid.  Make a plan today and practice.  Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes.  Know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated.  Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
2. What is my shelter plan?
3. What is my evacuation route?
4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.  
Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in your network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment.  

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan 
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household.

Information provided from
FAMILY REUNIFICATION FOLLOWING DISASTERS: A planning tool for health care facilities. 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council Subcommittee developed this tool to provide guidance and templates for hospitals as they review and update their plans to provide information, support services, and safe reunification assistance to family members of patients who have experienced disaster.  

This tool was inspired by discussions within an AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council Subcommittee on Reunification Planning and produced in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine with support form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

To access the toolkit, please click here.  

For additional information, contact the AAP via email at 


Upcoming Courses:
  • Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care Course.  Indiana EMSC and the Indiana Department of Education are pleased to announce the Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care course. This course is a hybrid course with an online portion to be completed prior to attending a one-day in-person training.  Online training modules include topics such as:
  • The School Nurse Role in Emergency Care
  • Legal Issues in Nursing
  • Assessment and Triage
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Abdominal and Genitourinary Emergencies
  • EENT and Dental Emergencies
  • Emergencies Involving Mental or Behavioral Health
  • School Emergency Response and Crisis Management
In person training is Monday October 22, 2018.
  • 2018 Labor of Love Summit.  Presented by Indiana State Department of Health.  When: November 14th, 2018 Location: J.W. Marriott. 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Register here
  • 2018 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference.  Presented by MESH Coalition.  When: November 27-29, 2018. Location: Hilton Riverside New Orleans, Louisiana 70130  Registration now available.  The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference highlights best practices of healthcare coalitions from across the United States.  This conference provides an opportunity to network with peers, share ideas, and learn from others' experiences in building and sustaining effective healthcare coalitions.  
  • 2018 Midwest Injury Prevent Alliance (MIPA) Summit. Presented by Indiana State Department of Health.  When: November 29 & 30th. Contact for registration details.
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Scholarship Program: The Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Scholarship Program, sponsored through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, is dedicated to preventing injuries and trauma throughout Indiana. Through the Maternal Child and Health Services (TITLE 5) grant, recipients can be reimbursed up to $250 for participating in a training course to become a CPST. The CPST Scholarship Program funds must be used towards any fees related to the training class, including: the cost of the class; travel; lodging; parking services; or any equipment needed in order to attend the class. For more information about this program, please contact Paravdeep Nijjar, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for ISDH. Click here for more information.
  • FREE TRAINING - The Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health Online Pediatrics in Disasters Course
    Although a quarter of the world's population is under the age of five, 50 percent of the victims of man-made and natural disasters are children. Children are vulnerable in disasters for physiological, psychological and developmental reasons. Too often medical staff is ill-prepared for pediatric triage and emergency stabilization in terms of knowledge and experience, as well as equipment and supplies. The Pediatrics in Disaster training program trains health care providers to prioritize life-saving care for children in disasters. Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, pediatricians and other health professionals must ensure that local, regional and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents.  Click here to register.
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Margo Knefelkamp, M.B.A.

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 630-7742