Pediatric Rapid Response Field Manual for Family and Community-Wide Emergencies

Series Overview

Welcome to the Pediatric Rapid Response Field Manual for Family and Community-Wide Emergencies. This Field Manual addresses a number of high-priority issues families and their healthcare teams may face during emergencies. Courses address the cascade of healthcare needs that pediatric patients and their families commonly encounter during times of emergencies and associated stress. Each course features pragmatic approaches, using didactic and interactive exercises, to guide healthcare team members in their care and support of children and families. These approaches are also relevant for the health and wellbeing of healthcare team members and their families.

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Target Audience

This activity is intended for primary care providers, including physicians and nurses, public health workers, school health teams and other members of the healthcare team who care for pediatric patients and their families, especially in times of crises or emergencies. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a manual of pragmatic interventions and evidence-based strategies for optimizing the mental and physical health of patients and their families before, during, and after facing family-based or community-wide crises.
  2. Maximize the expertise of members of the interprofessional healthcare team to develop a coordinated response during times of acute or chronic stress.
  3. Name community resources that provide support to patients, families, and healthcare professionals during times of acute and chronic stress.
  4. Develop the skills to operationalize specific stress-related tactics for pediatric healthcare providers and other members of the healthcare team to optimize their own health and wellbeing in the face of crises.

Elements of Competence

This activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communication skills. This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competency of roles and responsibilities.


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The Field Manual Topics


This course identifies common physical and psychiatric symptoms that arise during times of crisis, discusses why these symptoms and behaviors occur, and provides specific interventions for families to “calm the storm” of stress and develop problem-solving approaches to manage changes and challenges that arise.

This course will cover best practices as well as provide materials and guidance to help conduct successful telemedicine visits for both your staff and patients.

This course takes on the topic of parents unexpectedly teaching children and how to support parents and children in this new environment by answering these questions: How do I assess families “learning-at-home” experience? How to reassure parents and children? How do I counsel parents and children? Primary care teams faced with trying to counsel families who are suddenly supporting learning at home gain insights into creating an environment for success.

This course explores age-specific recommendations and tools to help families manage technology use especially during times when in-person connections are less accessible.

This course will explore what to anticipate in terms of a child’s response to a crisis and how to adapt traditional answers to typical parenting questions in order to provide optimal support to families.

This course dives into the neuroscience behind mindfulness, discusses mindful parenting and introduces mindfulness activities that can be practiced by patients, parents and the healthcare team providing care during crises such as a pandemic.

This course provides practical strategies to help patients and their families increase physical activity levels during times when access to traditional fitness opportunities are scarce.

Throughout this interactive course, primary care teams will review evidence-based data and strategies needed to support families’ efforts to maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle during times of crisis.

This course explores common sleep issues that occur more frequently during stressful times. Through didactic and interactive content healthcare team members will develop a toolkit of behavioral interventions and indications for the use of medications that they can share with patients and families to promote better sleep.

This interactive course provides guidance and specific tools and strategies that you AND your patients and their families can employ to prepare for emergencies.

This course reviews stressors leading to neglect and abuse, describes indicators of possible neglect and abuse, explains how to respond, and offers connections to community resources for health care providers and families.


Planning Committee

Marcia Slattery, MD, MHSc (Committee Chair), Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Director, UW Anxiety Disorders Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Jessica Carlucci-Jenkins, BA Instructional Designer/Accreditation Specialist, Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Mary Jean Erschen-Cooke, RN, MS, BSN, Nursing Education and Professional Development Specialist, UW Health American Family Children's Hospital

Linda Hall, PhD, Director, State of Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health

Megan Neuman, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, MS, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement; Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Thomas Brazelton, MD, MPH, FAAP

Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and serves as the Medical Director for Telehealth at UW Health. Dr. Brazelton earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, completed his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Oakland in California, and his Critical Care fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Paula Cody, MD

Paula Cody, MD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical Director and Section Head of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Cody earned her medical degree, and completed her residency and adolescent medicine fellowship from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cody is board certified in adolescent medicine and pediatrics. She works with adolescents and young adults with a special interest in eating disorders, sexuality and reproductive health, menstrual disorders, and high-risk behaviors.

Jason Horowitz, PhD, LP

Jason Horowitz, PhD, LP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the Director of the Child Psychology Postdoctoral Internship. He earned his PhD at Vanderbilt University, and completed a fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Horowitz has a clinical practice that focuses on children, adolescents, and families with diverse needs and diagnoses. He also provides clinical services as part of an outreach program in the Madison Public Schools. 

Camilla Matthews, MD

Cami Matthews, MD, is an Associate Professor and board-certified pediatrician in sleep medicine. Her clinical interests cover a range of pediatric sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, parasomnias like sleepwalking or night terrors, restless leg syndrome and insomnia. Dr. Matthews earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her residency at Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Matthews completed her fellowship in Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Shilagh Mirgain, PhD

Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, is a Distinguished Psychologist in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Clinical and Community Psychology, completed her clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Mirgain's clinical interventions include cognitive-behavioral approaches to management of health and secondary psychological issues, biofeedback, hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation training, and mindfulness cognitive therapy for stress reduction. As an integral part of the Mindfulness Meditation for Health research grant project and the NSF funded Mindful Engineer research project, she has led mindfulness meditation interventions, as well as developed a mindfulness manual for use with chronic pain populations and engineering graduate students.

Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS

Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the MD-MPH program, as well as the Medical Director of the physician assistant program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His medical practice focuses on pediatric primary care, with a special interest in underserved populations. He is the founding medical director of Reach out and Read Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria is heavily involved in both training and practice of child health advocacy. 

Megan Neuman, MD

Megan Neuman, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her clinical practice is in general pediatrics. She is also a physician informaticist with UW Health. Dr. Neuman earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed her pediatrics residency at Oregon Health and Science University.

Adam Norton, MD

Adam Norton, MD, is an Associate Physician of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Springfield Clinic, Springfield, Illinois. He is also the team physician at Illinois College. Dr. Norton recently completed a fellowship in the University of Wisconsin Primary Care Sports Medicine (PCSM) fellowship program.

Amanda Palm, PA-C, LCSW

Amanda Palm, PA-C, LCSW, is a Physician Assistant in the University of Wisconsin/American Family Children's Hospital Child Protection Program. She is a member of the multidisciplinary team involved in the medical examination and follow up care of children with suspected abuse or neglect. Prior to joining the Child Protection Program, Ms. Palm worked as a licensed clinical social worker at Journey Mental Health where she provided therapy services to children and families with a history of suspected abuse and/or neglect.

Marcia Slattery, MD, MHSc

Marcia Slattery, MD, MHSc, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH). She is the Director of the UW Anxiety Disorders Program for children, adolescents and adults, and the Clinical Director of the UW SMPH Office of Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Slattery earned her medical degree from UW SMPH, and her Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Slattery specializes in the clinical assessment and treatment of anxiety and stress, with particular focus on children/adolescents. Dr. Slattery's research focuses on neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and stress including neuroendocrine and neuroimmune stress response systems, and the interface of these systems in psychiatric and medical disorders.

Cassandra Vanderwall, PhD

Cassie Vanderwall, PhD, is a Manager of Nutrition and Health Programming at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Vanderwall is a food and nutrition expert who focuses on overall wellness in individuals and communities. She completed her PhD in Health Sciences at Rush University.

Jessica Wipperfurth, MSW, APSW

Jessica Wipperfurth, MSW, APSW, is the Social Worker for the UW Child Protection Program as well as a Child Health Advocate for Injury Prevention. Ms. Wipperfurth has been working in social work for 14-plus years; she gained a diverse understanding of child protection systems after starting her career at the county level. Currently, she provides clinical assistance to the UW Child Protection Team physicians and serves as a liaison between community partners and the UW Health/American Family Children's Hospital, where she leads the Hitting Hurts initiative and co-leads the Period of PURPLE Crying Initiative. She also serves as a Field Placement Supervisor for the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work.

Robin Wright, MD

Robin Wright, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Wright earned her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In addition, she has an International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, and a Certificate in Travel Medicine. Her special interests include adolescent and college health, travel medicine, and medical support of research expeditions in remote locations.

Financial Relationships Disclosures

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this continuing education (CE) activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during the educational activity.

*The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP advises the participant that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.

For this educational activity all planning committee member conflicts of interests have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below (speaker disclosures are listed within each individual program):

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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