May 19, 2021
The HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy on behalf of HRSAs Emergency Medical Services for Children Program has shared an opportunity to participate in an important assessment from the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP). The purpose of this effort is to ensure that all emergency departments (EDs) are ready to care for children. This is particularly important since the large majority of kids needing emergency care each year will be seen in non-children’s hospitals.
The NPRP Assessment is a national assessment of EDs across the U.S. The assessment determines progress in pediatric readiness, identifies existing gaps, promotes quality improvement efforts in hospital EDs around the country, develops national collaboratives to address common and critical gaps, and establishes best practices.
The assessment launched on May 1, 2021 and remain open through July 31, 2021. Your ED should be receiving official mailed invitations to participate in the assessment. For convenience, you can access the assessment through a secure web-based system by visiting the following website and following the instructions:
This website contains a printable copy of the assessment if you would like to prepare before taking it online. You may also be interested in reviewing the ED Toolkit and checklist at pediatricreadiness.org. Since only one assessment per hospital will be accepted, please review with your ED leadership. The assessment should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and does not have to be finished in one session. Once you submit your responses, you will receive immediate feedback in the form of a gap report with details about the pediatric readiness of your ED as well as access to quality improvement resources.
Your responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with the results of other participating EDs for reporting purposes. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Michael Ely, project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-213-3393.
The results will be very helpful in evaluating progress since the first assessment in 2013, and in identifying how we can best support EDs in further improving pediatric readiness. Your time and participation are greatly appreciated in helping us protect our nation’s greatest resource: children!