AAP Association News


ECHO Learning Community: Phase II of Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology ECHO

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 16, 2017

The Georgia AAP Chapter in collaboration with Navicent Health Children's Hospital, uses case-based learning sessions delivered via videoconferencing technology to bring together subspecialists at academic medical centers and community-based providers. Each Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes clinic includes a brief didactic presented by a pediatric endocrinologist at Navicent Health Children's Hospital, followed by case-based presentations by community clinicians for feedback and recommendations. Participation in this telehealth program is free and CME credits are available at no cost. For more information or to join, contact Kylia Crane at 404-881-5093, kcrane@gaaap.org.


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

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 16, 2017

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.


PREP The Course

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2017

Join us March 4-8 in St. Petersburg, Fla., for an intensive review and update of pediatrics. Course content is based on the content specifications issued by the American Board of Pediatrics for Maintenance of Certification™. The course also features case-based sessions, hot topics and visual diagnosis components related to the latest information on clinical practice. Register by Feb. 3 and save $150 with an early-bird rate of $1,745.


Updated online course on influenza prevention and control in child care

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2017

Partnering with child care programs or schools to encourage influenza vaccination of all children, staff, and caregivers is beneficial. Encourage child care providers to take the free online PediaLink course "Influenza Prevention and Control - Strategies for Early Education and Childcare 2016-2017." This course was recently updated and is approved for 1.0 contact hour.


AAP Voices: Children should be cared for, not caged

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2017

Alan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, recounts harsh conditions faced by children held at U.S. Customs and Border Protection centers in a new "AAP Voices" post. "We should come up with a more humane way to process this vulnerable population without further re-traumatization."


Free in-office materials promoting measles vaccination

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2017

In collaboration with the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI), the AAP is offering a new set of measles education resources featuring illustrator Sophie Blackall's popular Ivy and Bean characters. The posters, coloring comic books, and stickers, available in English or Spanish, are free of charge. For more information, visit HealthyChildren.org.


Behavioral health intervention with adolescents

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

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.


Interactive map highlights child vaccination rates across America

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

The AAP has developed an interactive digital map that highlights state immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as state laws regarding vaccine exemptions. The map includes data on how each state measures up against immunization thresholds that are important to ensure protection for all. The map also highlights recent outbreaks of disease that have occurred in communities where pockets of low-immunization rates left the population vulnerable. While immunization rates have remained steady or increased for many vaccines over the past decade, recent studies show that unvaccinated children are often geographically clustered in communities. These pockets of under-immunization are at higher risk of disease and have been the source of disease outbreaks, as seen with the 2014 measles outbreak in California.


Resources to help parents monitor their child's development

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 10, 2017

The CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program provides free resources and materials for pediatricians to engage parents in developmental surveillance, so parents can monitor their child's development, and effectively communicate their concerns. Materials can be distributed to parents used on websites or patient portals. Materials include developmental milestone checklists, brochures, and children's books. These materials can be customized with your contact information and are also available in Spanish.


Third National Primary Care Ambulatory Patient Safety Conference in Research and Education

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 10, 2017

Feb. 23 and 24
Bethesda, Md.
This inter-professional conference will provide a forum for researchers and educators in primary care medicine and other allied health professions to learn about recent research and education program development in ambulatory primary care patient safety. Featured topics include Patient Safety in the Patient Centered Medical Home, Ambulatory Patient Safety: A Global Perspective, The Role of the EHR in Primary Care Patient Safety. Ambulatory and primary care physicians, allied health professionals who work in primary care settings, and medical students are encouraged to attend. Cost is $375 for physicians and allied health professionals; $150 for students. Register here.


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

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

In an "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. 


Donate a photo and donate a safe night's sleep

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

By sharing a photo you can make a difference in children's lives. Post your picture on the "Donate a Photo" website, and J & J will make a donation to help AAP Friends of Children programs that educate parents on safe sleep practices. Pictures of your friends, family, pets, even your holiday celebrations can all make a difference. Just share a photo and your picture can help AAP Friends of Children and help lives of children everywhere.


Holroyd-Sherry Award -- 2017 Nominations Being Accepted

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 05, 2017

The AAP Council on Communications and Media is calling for nominations for the National 2017 Holroyd-Sherry Award. The deadline for submissions is March 17. The AAP will recognize one AAP Fellow whose outstanding contributions demonstrated media's influence on child and adolescent health as an important public health issue, and/or whose work in the areas of advocacy, legislation, research, and professional or public education addresses health implications raised by child and adolescent use of media. To access nomination materials and more information, including a list of past winners, visit the COCM website.


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

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 05, 2017

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.


Promote family media use guidelines in your practice

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

Help promote the AAP's new Family Media Use Plan interactive tool available at HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan. This tool is a core recommendation coming out of the AAP's new media policies, and empowers parents to make media use plans for each member of the family. To help raise awareness, a Family Media Use Plan poster is available free for download. Feel free to display this poster at your practice.


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes. Some infections before and during pregnancy can hurt both mothers and their babies. Healthy behaviors can prevent infections and protect babies. These include properly preparing food, talking about sexually transmitted diseases, ensuring adequate vaccination, protecting against animals and insects known to carry diseases, and maintaining good hygiene. Learn more at www.nbdpn.org.


Application deadline extended to Jan. 6 for quality improvement project DIG it

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

DIG it (Diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities and Global Developmental Delays) is an AAP Practice Improvement Network quality improvement project focused on supporting practices to dig deeper into their clinic processes to implement strategies that support the earlier identification and diagnosis of children with intellectual disability and global developmental delays. Watch the video with background information for more information about the project. Online applications are being accepted through Jan. 6 to participate in the project.


AAP Webinar Series on Zika Virus Syndrome

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

Recognizing Microcephaly and Other Presentations of Zika Virus Syndrome
Tuesday, Jan. 10
2 p.m. ET
Over the past year, congenital Zika syndrome has captured the attention of the world because of the devastating effects it can have on infants' development. In recognition that pediatricians (primary care providers, clinicians, and medical subspecialists) will require support and guidance, the AAP has planned a Zika webinar series. During the first webinar in this series, expert speakers will provide an overview of the neurodevelopmental manifestations of congenital Zika virus syndrome. Experts will describe how to monitor symptomatic and asymptomatic infants, including how to collaborate with specialists to ensure a continuum of care. Registration is required. Cost: Free.


HPV champion toolkit

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

The HPV Champion Toolkit has been developed to provide practices with easy access to the best resources available regarding HPV vaccination including sample PDSA cycles that can be used in your office, power point presentations, FAQs and more. This toolkit is intended to help members of the pediatric office team protect children from HPV infections and future HPV-related cancers.


Shared Plan of Care: A tool to support children and youth with special health care needs and their families

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet discusses key components of and the role of families in creating and maintaining a shared plan of care. Additionally, the fact sheet provides specific examples of how state programs and agencies are implementing and using shared plans of care for children and youth with special health care needs.


Medical liability: Understanding "legalese" or what you don't know can hurt you

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2016

Lawyers and doctors speak different languages. Common terms such as "standard of care" means something different in the court room than in the examining room. Build your legal vocabulary by reading this essential article. It may save you legal problems in the future and help you protect your career. Learn more.


Materials on trauma and toxic stress now available in Spanish

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2016

With the support of Friends of Children funding, the AAP has translated into Spanish several resources that support pediatricians to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children and families. "Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians" and the "Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care" are both available on the AAP website.


Video series helps implement mental health priorities in practice

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs requires skill and practice. The program, Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families, featuring six videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters, can help physicians start these discussions. The videos encompass the most difficult conversation areas in the area of mental health, including depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use and suicide/self-harm.


Improve early hearing detection and intervention in your practice

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics EHDI program is recruiting primary care practices for a quality improvement project focused on improving the role of the pediatric clinician in EHDI. Participating primary care pediatricians, other clinicians, and parent/caregiver partners will have an opportunity to make improvements related to identifying and tracking infants who do not pass newborn hearing screens; referring these infants to the appropriate follow-up; identifying risk factors for hearing loss; and having meaningful discussions with families regarding hearing screening results. If you are interested in being considered for participation in this project, complete the online application by Dec. 29.


Need to spend your CME dollars before the end of the year?

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

Take advantage of the AAP End-of-Year Sale to save 20% on 2015 PREP products, online courses, books and e-Books, journals, and much more now through Dec. 31. Plus, receive free standard domestic shipping. Order now at shop.aap.org/HOLIDAY16.


Time to quit smoking- without e-cigarettes

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

A common New Year's resolution is to quit smoking. For quit tips, visit the CDC website. And while some may consider using e-cigarettes as an answer, e-cigarettes are a health hazard and do not help people quit. The AAP worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Medical Association to create a resource about electronic nicotine delivery systems to helps smokers and clinicians understand the evidence about e-cigarettes and cessation resources.


Do you know your Asthma and Allergy Medical Home Chapter Champion?

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2016

The AAP established the Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis to meet the need for creation of a high-impact, national initiative focused on improved quality care of pediatric patients in the medical home with asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis. As part of this Medical Home Chapter Champions program, the AAP has identified at least one pediatrician in each chapter to "champion this cause." Learn more about the Medical Home Chapter Champions program or locate your chapter champion.


Help families make a family media use plan

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 22, 2016

The AAP offers a new Family Media Use Plan interactive tool to help families create a personalized plan to manage their screen time and media use. Available at HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan, this tool represents a core recommendation in the AAP's policy statements on media use for toddlers, children and teens. Pediatricians are encouraged to share this online tool with families in their practice. A Family Media Use Plan poster also is available free for download.


Global Child Advocacy Book: On the Front Lines

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 22, 2016

Developed by leading global child health experts, this first-in-its-field resource aims to encourage and equip child health care providers everywhere to become advocates for positive change. Global child health leaders recount hands-on advocacy experiences from Asia to Africa to South and North America.


Resource to help prevent and treat childhood obesity

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 21, 2016

The Pediatric e-Practice: Optimizing Your Obesity Care (PeP) is an innovative online tool developed to help AAP members prevent, assess, and treat obesity by facilitating access to resources and tools to support improved obesity care. The PeP tool is a highly visual and interactive website designed to align with the pediatric workflow.


2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
February 19 to 23, 2017
Orlando, Florida

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 21, 2016

AAP is proud to support this annual event. Conference education sessions include preconference symposia on the business of healthcare, connected health, innovation, interoperability and HIE, medical device security, nursing informatics, physicians' IT, population health, precision medicine and more. More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including roundtables and workshops, round out education offerings at HIMSS17. AAP members receive a discount to attend the conference: go to online registration, select AAP from the "Conference Endorsing Organizations" drop-down in the registration process, and enter ENDAAP17.


Improve Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) in your practice

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 20, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics EHDI program is recruiting primary care practices for a quality improvement project focused on improving the role of the pediatric clinician in EHDI. Participating primary care pediatricians, other clinicians, and parent/caregiver partners will have an opportunity to make improvements related to identifying and tracking infants who do not pass newborn hearing screens; referring these infants to the appropriate follow-up; identifying risk factors for hearing loss; and having meaningful discussions with families regarding hearing screening results. If you are interested in being considered for participation in this project, complete the online application.


Protect children from carbon monoxide poisoning

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 20, 2016

During winter months, the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning increases when gasoline- or diesel-powered generators may be more frequently used to supply power. The AAP urges clinicians, families and communities to work together to protect children against carbon monoxide poisoning. See the AAP Protecting Children from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning web page for more information.


Media: Wired Kids and Your Practice

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 19, 2016

This AAP online course provides ideas about screening for media use, specific suggestions for anticipatory guidance, including adolescent behaviors on social media sites, and how pediatricians can utilize media for health promotion.


Donate a photo and donate to safe sleep initiatives

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 19, 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 and the same photo can be used again.




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