Mass Shooting: Reassuring Children After A Traumatic Event
The latest mass shootings in America – Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas – believed to be the eighth deadliest in modern U.S. history – has sparked many emotions, including fear, outrage, horror and a feeling of hopelessness. Children across the nation are reported to be fearful that their school could be next. In the face of these tragedies, it is crucial for adults to be able to speak to, comfort, and console children who may be traumatized by news reports.
NCDP Director Dr. Irwin Redlener provides some tips on how to talk to children about a mass shooting, according to their age. Read his NCDP Perspectives blog for more.
Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative
Every day, 69 million children spend the day at a daycare center or school. Despite this, these institutions are left out of the preparedness and planning equation, sometimes without resources or the capacity to provide needed tools to quickly recover.
NCDP, partnered with GSK and Save the Children, to address this need for change With two pilot programs in the U.S. and a National Children’s Resilience Board, the Resilient Children Resilient Communities project (RCRC) will build a child-focused community resilience plan, as well as advocate for national policies supporting this vulnerable population. To learn more about the RCRC Initiative, visit the RCRC Homepage.
Resilient Children Resilient Communities Toolbox
In partnership with community leaders, the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative analyzed, recommended and implemented procedures, training, and guidance to help build child-focused community resilience to disasters. The RCRC Toolbox is a dynamic collection of resources developed and curated throughout this initiative for the benefit of those working to make our communities and our children more resilient to disasters. This collection of tools and resources should be shared widely with communities nationwide.
The toolbox is categorized for different kinds of people or organizations that are looking for tools to assist in their preparedness and planning efforts: 1) child-serving institutions, 2) community emergency planners, 3) policymakers, and 4) individuals and families.
Chronic Disease After Natural Disasters: Public Health, Policy, and Provider Perspectives
Individuals with chronic conditions require special attention in the planning, response, and recovery phases of disasters, given their unique needs for medication, medical equipment, continued medical care, and the potential for exacerbation of their conditions that require resource-intensive management.
This new report will provide public and private stakeholders, especially at the state and local levels, a resource to help them better understand, and support, the needs of individuals with chronic medial conditions.
Access the report on Columbia University’s Academic Commons for a free download.
Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (RCYC Study)
To continue assessing the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on families and their children, the “Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” (RCYC) study was launched by NCDP and Louisiana State University, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The study findings will help to see if there is evidence that health impacts on children and their families are getting better, worse, or staying the same as years go by. Our field team is currently interviewing in five communities in Louisiana.