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  1. Hoying, Cheryl PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  2. Farra, Sharon PhD, RN, CNE
  3. Mainous, Rosalie PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
  4. Baute, Rebecca MBA, BSN, RN, CMTE
  5. Gneuhs, Matthew CHEP


An innovative interprofessional disaster preparedness program was designed and implemented through an academic-practice partnership between a large midwestern children's hospital and a community-based state university. This course was part of a constellation of courses developed in response to Presidential Directive (HSPD) 8, a mandate to standardize disaster response training that was issued after the inefficiencies following Hurricane Katrina. A hybrid immersive and didactic approach was used to train senior leadership and frontline clinicians. Included were simulated experiences at the National Center for Medical Readiness, a workshop, and online modules. The program that focused on crisis leadership and disaster management was developed and implemented to serve patient-centered organizations.