In the aftermath of the devastating storms and flooding that has hit our state in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, TPS, the Texas Chapter of the AAP, knows that there are children and families who have faced serious losses and may be in need of services and support.
TPS has posted resources on our website to assist you in securing services and disaster relief. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to the website as needed.
Update from FEMA
The federal government’s emergency responders continue to respond to states, local communities, and tribes as impacts continue across southeast Texas.
FEMA’s priority continues to be protecting the lives and well-being of those in affected areas; the federal government is focusing on search and rescue and first responder operations to ensure people who need help get assistance.
Read the full press release from FEMA here.
HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS
August 29, 2017
The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey. Click here for more information.
AAP Preparation Resource Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices (AAP)
Additionally, the TPS/Texas Chapter has identified several resources that may assist you in providing coping and care services for your patients and families.
- AAP and Children and Disasters Website www.aap.org/disasters
- Floods/Flash Floods www.aap.org/disasters/flood
- Helping Children Cope and Adjust www.aap.org/disasters/adjustment
- Information for Pediatric Practices www.aap.org/disasters/PediatricPractice
- Flooding Information for Parents Flash Flooding Recovery Info for Parents
FEMA link: The NBEOC Operations Dashboard is activated and available here: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nbeocopsboard/ - Download the FEMA app for iPhone with emergency information by county here.
For volunteer opportunities, click here: https://txpeds.org/hurricane-harvey-volunteer-information
Additional state resources can be found here: https://txpeds.org/hurricane-harvey-state-resources.
Additional national resources can be found here: https://txpeds.org/hurricane-harvey-national-resources
Use this tool to search for an AAP member pediatrician, pediatric sub-specialist, or pediatric surgical specialist.
TPS does not provide a referral service. However, we are pleased to refer you to the Texas Medical Board, the State agency which licenses all physicians in Texas.
The TMB website we are referring you to will allow you to search for a physician by name or by city.
On the TMB website you must first "Accept the Terms and Conditions." Then ‘Enter Search Criteria’ page, click on ‘License Type’ and then select Physician. It will then display a ‘Specialty’ drop box and you may enter the ‘pediatric specialty’ and the city to receive the names and background information of pediatricians in the area you are searching for.
Children with Disabilities
- ADHD Resources: A resource list for parents of children with ADHD. Compiled by the leadership team of the TPS CQN ADHD Project, December 2015.
- The "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign has developed a free resource kit of materials on child development and autism for day care providers and teachers to share with parents of children in their care. The Child Care Provider Resource Kit, along with resources for parents and pediatricians, are available for free at www.cdc.gov/actearly.
- Navigate Life Texas: A website for families of children with disabilities. A project of the Task Force for Children with Special Needs.
Child and Family Safety
In times of national tension, children may experience increased exposure to violence, racial bias or other adverse events in their social environments. The American Academy of Pediatrics shared the following links in order to help physicians and parents support children when faced with these complex and difficult circumstances.
- Childhood Exposure to Violence
- Talking to Children About Racial Bias
- How to Support Your Child’s Resilience in a Time of Crisis
- Type 1 Diabetes Warning Signs Poster - English
- Type 1 Diabetes Warning Signs Poster - Spanish
- Type 1 Diabetes Handout
- Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)
- Information About Health Care Coverage in Texas
- Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool Information
- Understanding Insurance-Speak for Patients
Parenting Tools for Childhood Obesity:
- PH Behavior Guidelines
- PH Lifestyle Guidelines
- PH Nutrition Guidelines
- PH Nutrition Quiz
- Fuel Up to Play 60
- Learn more about Zika in Texas by clicking on the TPS Zika page here.
Other Zika Resources:
- DSHS Zika website: http://texaszika.org/
- AAP Zika Information: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/ZikaVirus.aspx
- CDC Zika Information: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/
- Need to file a complaint against a physician? Visit the Texas Medical Board website.
- Struggling with the new eligibility system for public benefits? CPPP’s “Who to Contact” list.
- Pathways.org: A website to empower parents and health professionals with free tools and resources to maximize children’s motor, sensory, and communication development. Click here for their most recent article.
- Bright Futures Patient/Parent Education Handouts provide an opportunity to recall important topics discussed during the visit. They summarize information related to each of the 5 Bright Futures priorities for each visit, and are available in English and Spanish. These handouts can also be found as part of the Core Tools on the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit Web pages.
- Cord blood banking: information on donating and storing umbilical cord blood to help children survive over 80 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia
- cordbloodguide.com: a free downloadable guide and user-friendly content related to cord blood and how cord blood banking works.
- Texas Pediatric Society Obesity Toolkit: offers videos and handouts to help parents partner with pediatric providers in the prevention and care of children with obesity.
- Solar Eclipse Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics: offers tips to viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse safely.