Education & Training

Date: February 28, 2011
Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Location: California Endownment


Cost: $160.00 per person
Intended Audience: First receivers and First responders (hospital personnel).  No previous pediatric knowledge/training required.


  • Coordinating hospital pediatric preparedness
  • Key disaster types
  • Managing pediatric patients: communications
  • Interacting with other agencies
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Managing a pediatric safe environment
  • Triage of pediatric patients
  • Providing general and acute pediatric care
  • Managing mental health
  • Reunification of children and families
  • Skills Stations include: Communication, dehydration, resuscitation, and triage

What previous attendees have said about the course:

  • I really liked the whole seminar—it was fast-paced and very interesting. Speakers were great. Breakout sessions were great.
  • Very well put together and organized. It was nice that it was on time.
  • Overall organization and keeping on schedule was impressive. Facilities at the California Endowment were excellent. All breakout session leaders were knowledgeable and well-prepared (and enthusiastic).
  • Breakouts were exceptional and positive reinforcements for concepts.
  • Class was excellent. All lectures great.
  • Superb course. Thank you.

The Education and Training Core is creating practical solutions to the existing shortfalls in pediatric disaster preparedness; solutions that will enhance the capability of healthcare providers to effectively respond to a disaster and an unexpected surge of pediatric patients.

The mission of the Education and Training Core is to increase the overall number of pediatric capable first receivers in Southern California and standardize the care given to pediatric victims of disaster.

A key outcome of the Education and Training Core is the creation of a pediatric disaster training curriculum that is meant to prepare first responders and emergency personnel to more effectively respond to a disaster involving a surge of critically ill or injured children.

“We need to convey to people that the theoretical risk of a disaster is an eventual reality. A catastrophic disaster will occur in Los Angeles County; we just don’t know when.”

Dr. Alan Nager

After a six-month literature search, extensive research of best practices and interviews with experts in the field, the Education and Training Core developed a curriculum that is based on a set of competencies identified as critical to effective pediatric emergency response.

The Pediatric Disaster Course Curriculum incorporates lectures and hands-on skill exercises to address these competencies. The curriculum topics include:

  • identifying key pediatric disaster scenarios and related injury conditions
  • coordinating hospital pediatric preparedness and response
  • ensuring environmental health and safety
  • managing facilities, building systems and security
  • triaging of pediatric disaster patients and providing acute patient care
  • communicating with community and government agencies

The curriculum is targeted at the hospital personnel who will be activated during an emergency, including medical clinicians, as well as facilities, security, nutrition services and IT personnel.

“Los Angeles County has come a long way in pediatric disaster planning, but we still have a way to go if we are to be as prepared as we need to be.”

Dr. Alan Nager

Although not the first pediatric disaster curriculum ever developed, this new Pediatric Disaster Training Curriculum builds on the best in existing curricula, and goes a step further in sophistication to include the latest research and best practices in pediatric medicine.

Dr. Alan L. Nager is leader of the Education and Training Core. He is Director of the Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Nager has extensive experience in disaster planning through his work with the Los Angeles Volunteer Disaster Team; the Emergency Medical Services Agency for Children; the Pediatric Disaster Guideline Committee; Los Angeles County/Department of Health and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Nager also served as a consultant on the psychological consequences of a terrorist incident.

View Dr. Nager's Biography


Dr. Solomon Behar is co-leader of the Education and Training Core. Dr. Behar is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and also the Medical Director of Disaster Planning for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Behar’s interest in pediatric disaster medicine has led to research that has been published in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine.

View Dr. Behar's Biography