The needs of children in disasters will be the focus of an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters will provide expert advice and consultation to the HHS Secretary on comprehensive planning and policies to meet the needs of children before, during, and after a disaster or other public health emergency. The department is seeking nominations for committee members from the scientific, public health, and medical fields. Let's get some Network faithful on this advisory committee, shall we? Read the notice and apply!
Here is the notice:
The National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) was created under the authority of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Public Law No. 113-5). The NACCD was established to provide expert advice and consultation to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with respect to the medical and public health needs of children in relation to disasters.
The NACCD shall consist of not more than 15 voting members, including the Chairperson. Total membership shall be an odd number and members shall be appointed by the HHS Secretary from among the Nation’s preeminent scientific, public health, and medical experts in areas consistent with the purpose and functions of the advisory committee.
- 2013 National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters Charter (PDF)
- Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PDF)
- National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters, Federal Register Notice, January 16, 2014 (PDF)
Nominations are being accepted from non-federal health care professionals and representatives from state, tribal, territorial or local health care offices. Deadline for submission is Feb. 14, 2014. For more information or to be considered for committee membership, visit www.phe.gov/naccd.