AAP Association News


Expert offers age-appropriate tips on keeping Pokémon Go safe

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

The Pokémon GO craze is attracting attention from all ages, and some parents are asking their pediatrician whether or not is OK to let their children play the game. Elizabeth Murray, DO, MBA, FAAP, provides safety tips on HealthyChildren.org for all ages when playing this "augmented reality game."


Attend a webinar on infantile spasms awareness

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

Dec. 1 to 7 marks Infantile Spasms Awareness Week. Most pediatricians will encounter only one or two cases in their career but appropriate early identification and treatment will lead to developmental recovery for the child. Part of the week's events include an archived webinar where Dr. Mary Zupanc discusses the causes of infantile spasms and the importance of early recognition. She also explains the differences between infantile spasms and febrile seizures.


Innovations in Primary Care: Relational, Developmental, and Sustainable Approaches to Children and Families

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 01, 2016

Dec. 7
New Orleans, La.
This one-day conference will explore innovative primary care models, screening and relational techniques to support the family system at the upcoming ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference in New Orleans. Co-sponsored by the AAP, the Pediatric Pre-Conference Forum, on Dec. 7, will focus on the science behind and practical strategies to navigate the complexities of implementing trauma-informed care, screening beyond the child, relational medicine, and care coordination.


Your practice can help support children with special needs

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 01, 2016

The AAP Division of Children with Special Needs, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is recruiting primary care practice teams to participate in a quality improvement project focused on improving developmental surveillance, screening, and referral for developmental concerns in practice. Participating practice teams will also have an opportunity to be part of a community of learners from around the country with whom they will test and share strategies; the project will provide access to practical tools and resources and teams will receive ongoing support and technical assistance. If you are interested in being considered for participation in this project, complete the online application by Dec. 9.


Behavioral health intervention with adolescents

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

Substance use and mental health are major concerns among youth. Pediatricians have an important role in preventing, identifying, and treating substance use and mental health concerns. The AAP, thanks in part to the Friends of Children Fund, is offering free access to simulations which provide participants with effective brief intervention techniques. Use of the simulations are free to AAP members and can be accessed at kognito.com/aap.


AAP member discount program - Budget Car Rental

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

Whether it's work or play, traveling with Budget is more rewarding for AAP members with low rental rates, discounts and exclusive offers on car rentals in the US. AAP members save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code (BCD) R705700, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. Visit the AAP website www.aap.org/discountprograms for more information on special AAP member offers or to book your reservation online.


Health care coverage and financing for children with special health care needs

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 29, 2016

Children and youth with special health care needs face disparities in health care coverage and financing. Created by the Catalyst Center, this tutorial will provide pediatric clinicians with tools and examples of policies, programs, and partnerships to improve access to coverage and financing of care for the most vulnerable children.


PREP The Curriculum: Complete pediatric review at your own pace

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 29, 2016

Due for an exam? Need MOC or CME credit? The AAP has you covered with a line of PREP Self-Assessment products in general pediatrics and 12 areas of specialty care. Subscribe to PREP The Curriculum for the most comprehensive collection of essential pediatrics content mapped to American Board of Pediatrics specifications.


Pediatricians face medicolegal questions every day

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 28, 2016

How long to keep medical records? What emergency medical equipment is needed in pediatric practices? How to manage medical liability risks when prescribing nicotine reduction therapy to parents? Get well-researched answers to these common questions in this Pediatricians and the Law column from AAP News.


AAP Voices: Bullying is a Universal Harm in Need of a Cure

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 28, 2016

In a new "AAP Voices" blog post, Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP, discusses ways pediatricians and parents can help children affected by bullying, which harms not only individuals targeted but also witnesses and even those who do the bullying.


Addressing the bigger picture: Adverse childhood experiences

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

The AAP collaborated with Futures Without Violence to develop this free, online module to describe predictable effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on children's physical, mental and behavioral health. Strategies for a trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are described. The impact of ACEs on parenting is examined and educational resources, including a safety card and video that can be used for universal education with parents to prevent the intergenerational transmission of ACEs, are demonstrated.


Save big with the AAP Cyber Sale

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

Don't miss out on savings on AAP resources. Save 20% and receive free shipping now through Nov. 29. Visit ShopAAP to take advantage of the biggest sale of the year and use promo code: CYBER16 to receive your discount. AAP Members save even more with member discounts.


Helping pediatricians embrace the future of pediatrics

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

AAP Practice Transformation is your one-stop resource for transforming your practice and career to meet the challenges of the new healthcare environment. Access the latest strategies, resources, and tools to make your practice thrive in the rapidly changing healthcare delivery and payment systems. Find practical guidance for all stages of your career. Be ready to face the future of pediatric practice.


Vaccines: One of Pediatricians' "Super Powers to Protect Kids"

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

In this AAP Voices blog, Dr. Ari Brown talks about rewarding and memorable moments she's experienced in her twenty years of private practice pediatrics. She says her white coat is her super power that helps her make a positive difference in her patients' lives, especially when ensuring they are vaccinated.


Apply now for the 2016-2017 COCM Media Visiting Professorship

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2016

Each year the AAP Council on Communications and Media sponsors the annual Media Visiting Professorship and invites hospitals and institutions to apply to host a pediatric media expert who spends 1 to 2 days at the selected institution conducting lectures, seminars, or rounds. Preference will be given to those institutions that can supply an audience of pediatricians, pediatric residents, and medical students and can link with the community to include a presentation or webinar to parents and/or teachers. COCM will support the visit by providing a pediatric media expert to serve as the visiting professor, and by paying the expert's honorarium, travel, lodging, and meal expenses for up to two days. COCM is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Media Visiting Professorship. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 2, 2017, and the visit must take place by June 30, 2017.


Advocate for children and youth waiting to be adopted from foster care

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2016

More than 100,000 children and youth in foster care are waiting for permanent, loving families. The AAP Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care has resources and materials to help physicians advocate for children and youth waiting to be adopted from foster care. Visit the Council website and the AAP foster care Web page for information and resources.


Climate change information and resources

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2016

The AAP is a partner of Climate for Health, a network of health leaders committed to protecting the health and well-being of Americans by leading a path for climate solutions. AAP members are invited to join the Climate for Health program. Members are also encouraged to learn more about the work the AAP is doing to promote education and awareness around climate change by visiting the new AAP web page on this topic.


Join us the 2017 AAP Legislative Conference

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2016

Taking place April 23 to 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C., the conference brings together pediatricians from across the country who share a passion for child health advocacy. Participants attend skills-building workshops, hear from guest speakers and go to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to support strong child health policies. For more information, including information on the pediatric subspecialty advocacy track, how to register and scholarship opportunities, visit aap.org/legcon. Send questions to LegislativeConference@aap.org.


Join the AAP Section on Telehealth

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 17, 2016

Be on the cutting edge of how technology can increase access to care. Membership in the AAP Section on Telehealth connects you to a network of over 270 telehealth professionals that help inspire the embracement of telehealth. The Section offers a mentoring program, educational and collaborative opportunities, as well as tools and resources to help participate in advocacy actions.


Don't mistake diabetes for the flu

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 17, 2016

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the AAP Section on Endocrinology is reminding pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to be alert to symptoms of diabetes this flu season. A downloadable handout, developed by the Section promotes physician and family awareness of testing a child for diabetes when the child presents with symptoms similar to the flu or a virus, including vomiting, fatigue and malaise. These can be symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis, especially when preceded by a history of polyuria and polydipsia. Prompt referral to a pediatric endocrinologist is recommended for all children diagnosed with diabetes. Access the Diabetes Awareness handout and share the AAP Family Education Fact Sheets on type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


Over-the-counter medications still first-line lice-fighting strategy

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

This AAP News Parent Plus article talks about lice treatments. It states that ideally, lice treatment should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, easy to get without a prescription, easy to use, effective and affordable.


Join PEHSU on Facebook

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 15, 2016

Did you know that the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units program has entered the realm of social media? If you have a Facebook account, finding the new page is easy. Just search for: "Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units" and click "Like." The PEHSU Facebook page is always adding news and events related to children's environmental health. Visit the page to find out more.


Fact sheet on challenges and opportunities to providing care for children with special needs

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 15, 2016

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, created a fact sheet that discusses challenges and opportunities to providing care for children and youth with special health care needs who are enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The fact sheet identifies states that leverage Medicaid managed care to advance the pediatric medical home model through payment incentives, technical assistance, and care coordination services.


Grants available to those researching ways to protect children from tobacco exposure

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence is accepting applications for New Investigator grants. Awards of up to $12,000 will be given to pediatricians and child health researchers to fund innovative research to protect children from tobacco smoke exposure. The call for funding proposals is now open. Applications are due Nov. 21. Visit the Richmond Center website for information on how to apply for the call.


Emphasize the importance of proper antibiotic use

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

This week, Nov. 14 to 20, is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, a national campaign led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that AAP participates in every year. It's a great time to share social media messages, blogs and other communications emphasizing the judicious use of antibiotics. HealthyChildren.org has two articles that may be helpful when it comes to discussing antibiotic use with your patients and their families.


What's the Latest with the Flu -- November issue

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 11, 2016

Clinicians need to act to ensure that all children receive the influenza vaccine. Pediatricians should advise families, health care personnel, and pregnant woman about flu prevention and control. Strategies are included in the November "What's the Latest with the Flu" message.


Resources raise awareness about domestic violence

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 11, 2016

The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the AAP, has a screening and counseling kit regarding domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence and other adverse childhood experiences is associated with a multitude of behavioral and mental health consequences for children. By discussing abuse, pediatricians can make a difference for families experiencing ACEs.


Donate a photo and donate to safe sleep initiatives

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 10, 2016

J&J is supporting the AAP Friends of Children Fund via the cause marketing program, Donate A Photo. For each photo uploaded between Oct. 23 and Jan. 23, 2017, J&J donates $1 to the cause. For AAP, J&J has committed a minimum of $30,000 (regardless of the number of photos uploaded) and a maximum of $50,000. AAP has designated this year's funds to AAP Safe Sleep efforts. Photo uploads are limited to one per day per device; any appropriate photo can be uploaded and the same photo can be used again.


Nominations now being accepted for AAP National Committee Member appointments

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 10, 2016

Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 24, 2017, (midnight CT) via email at nominations@aap.org or fax 847-228-5027 [ATTN 2017 Applications - AAP National Committees] to fill member positions for terms starting July 1, 2017. Nominations must be submitted to the AAP National Office and Chapter Presidents and Executive Directors. For more information, visit the AAP National Committee Nomination Page. Nominees will be notified in June 2017 of appointment status.


AAP system upgrade this weekend

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 09, 2016

On Friday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. CT, to Sunday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. CT the AAP will be upgrading its membership computer system. During this time, access to member-only content and subscription services will be unavailable, nor will members be able to log into the various AAP websites. The AAP election is open through Nov. 21, 11 a.m. CT. Voting will still be accessible to members by clicking this link or by clicking on the personalized link sent via the weekly election emails to those members who have not yet voted. NOTE: members will not be able to access the voting site by using the National AAP Election Center Voting button nor by using the voting button on My AAP.


Trauma-informed Care of Immigrant and Refugee Children

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 09, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 16
11 a.m. CT
This free webinar hosted by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse and co-sponsored by the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group will examine the effects of trauma on immigrant children, discuss mental health screening of immigrant children, cover strengths-based approaches to build resilience and heal trauma, and review how to utilize the medical home/care coordination models to more effectively meet the unique needs of immigrant children and families.


PCO Webinar -- Rescue Medication and Seizure Emergency Planning

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 08, 2016

This Pediatric Care Online webinar focuses on the following:

  • What a seizure emergency plan is, why it is created, and what it should contain.
  • The basics of how to create an effective school seizure action plan.
  • The various seizure rescue medications, their side effects, and the practical considerations that come into play when prescribing them for the school setting.
Pediatric Care Online is supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition.


Course provides pediatricians with the knowledge to treat opioid use in teens

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 08, 2016

With opioid use disorder being identified in younger patients, it is critical for pediatricians to become trained and approved to provide medication-assisted treatment to youths. There is an insufficient number of providers of this life-saving service, fewer still with the willingness and developmental expertise to provide it to adolescents and emerging adults. This 8-hour online course is free to AAP members and will allow them to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine as part of treatment of young people with opioid use disorder and learn about the use of naltrexone.


2017 Advocacy Training Grants -- Submit your application now

AAP SmartBrief | Nov 07, 2016

The 2017 Advocacy Training Grants call for applications opened on Nov. 3. The AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative will support four pediatric faculty-resident pairs to attend the 2017 AAP Legislative Conference on April 23-25, 2017, and then implement an educational advocacy project in collaboration with their chapter. The grant covers registration, airfare, and hotel and provides the chapter with $1,000 maximum to support the project. Applications are due Dec. 15.




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