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Columbia: Colloquium on Children and Health Catastrophes

Mailman School faculty will participate in a Columbia colloquium “Children in Catastrophes” on April 8 .The program brings together experts to refine the goals set by the 2014 Global Health Security Agenda so they apply specifically to children, who are more susceptible to traumatic adverse events that can have long-term negative effects. The work builds on the Children’s Hospitals in Africa Mapping Project (CHAMP), which assesses the readiness of pediatric institutions in 13 African countries to deal with catastrophic events.

Participants will also develop a White Paper for framing training materials for professionals involved in epidemic response and disaster management. Despite these needs, no specific protocols exist that address the care of children in the context of health catastrophes.

Dr. Melissa Stockwell, associate professor of population & family health and associate professor of pediatrics; and Dr. Irwin Redlener, professor of health policy and management and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, are panelists on “Evaluation and Treatment.” Dr. Stockwell will talk on “Use of digital technologies for surveillance, information dissemination and outreach during a catastrophe.” Redlener will discuss overall disaster preparedness for children.  Dr. Michael Reilly, adjunct assistant professor, will present on “Environmental decontamination procedures in infants and children.”

Dr. Robert Klitzman, professor of psychiatry in sociomedical sciences, will moderate the panel “Ethical Considerations: Caring for Children/Conducting Research During a Catastrophe.”

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Children in Catastrophes

April 8, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Avenue, NYC 10032