Disaster Preparedness: Insights from Characteristic Differences between Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Pediatric Emergency Networks

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Disaster Preparedness: Insights from Characteristic Differences between Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Pediatric Emergency Networks

June 7, 2021 Disease and Health 0

Presentation: Introduction Apart from the lack of emergency department and hospital surgery capabilities during disasters, living in the Appalachian region of the U.S. was associated with poorer paediatric health outcome.

Object: In order to determine whether paediatric health networks in Appalachia are substantially different than those other in the United States that are focused on size, whether inter- or intrinsic networks and, above all, intensity of cooperation – factors affecting pediatry disaster preparedness.

Methods: Data have been collected using a two-stage investigation process. Networks were identified by the first survey. The second survey assessed the capacity and performance of each identified network in disaster preparedness, the level of funding sharing and the intensity and formality of information sharing among network partners. Appalachia or non-Appalachia networks based on the state’s location have been separated into networks.

Results: In comparison to non-Appalachian networks, appalachian networks were more likely to be inter-state, but were less likely to share funding between network partners.

Implications: In Appalachia only three out of seventeen identified paediatric networks operated despite the consistent insufficient paediatric capacity and repeat calls of paediatric care providers for collaboration, especially for disaster relief. Appalachia operations have been linked to lower share in funds, although it has been possible for Appalachian networks to achieve the highest stage in network development. Developing new paediatric networks and increasing collaboration among existing networks (i.e. increased fund sharing) can improve network operation, collaboration, preparedness for disasters and outcomes for health in Appalachian states.

Author (s) Details

Lauren A. Wallace
Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States.

Andrew C. Rucks
Department of Health Care Organization and Policy/University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States.

Peter M. Ginter
Department of Health Care Organization and Policy/University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States.

Rongbing Xie
Department of Surgery/University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States.

Charles R. Katholi
Department of Biostatistics/University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States.

Faustina Bello-Ogunu
Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States.

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