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Pediatrics West 2014

  • August 1-3
    Sun Valley Resort
    Sun Valley, ID
  • The premier pediatrics conference of the West, designed for pediatricians, family physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and physician assistants.
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STD Update Course 2014

Idaho Telehealth: Gateway to the Future

Immunization Summit 2014

  • September 30
    St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
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Early Years 2014 Conference


Awards and Recognitions

  • Pediatrician of the Year – Noreen Womack, MD FAAP
  • Program of the Year – Mindy Gaddis, MD FAAP The YEAH! Program focusing on childhood obesity
  • Child Advocate of the Year – Representative John Rusche, MD

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Three free text messages are sent directly to your patient's cell phone each week, timed to the due date or baby's birthday. Messages start at pregnancy and go through the baby's first year. Tips include information on prenatal and infant care, immunizations, postpartum depression, nutrition, oral health, quit smoking, safety and more.

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“Good parents” denial puts kids at risk for heat stroke

Every year, US children die of heat stroke after being trapped in vehicles. The people responsible for these preventable tragedies are typically loving, well-meaning parents—none of whom believe it could happen to them.

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Kids Count
childhood obesity

Childhood Obesity — How can you help?

Childhood obesity rates are increasing at an alarming rate and studies are linking obesity to the leading causes of premature death including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. As Pediatricians, it is time to address childhood obesity as leaders in children's health.


Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

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Childseat Inspection Finder

Childseat Instructors Resources

Child Passenger Seat Safety

Child Passenger Seat Safety

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Early Brain & Child Development

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

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Crying Baby

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Idaho Lead Advisory Committee

We need your help!The Idaho Chapter of the AAP is looking for a physician for the Idaho Lead Advisory Committee.If you are interested please contact Sherry Iverson at or call 208-381-3033.More››

Healthy Teen Relationships

Healthy Teen Relationships

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Congratulations 2014 Immunization Champions!

  • Charity Gilmore
    Panhandle Health District
  • Mary Hernandez
    Eastern Idaho Public Health District
  • Teiah Truman
    Specialized Family Medicine
  • Patty Parsons
    St. Luke’s Travel Medicine
  • MaryLou Cunningham
    Saint Alphonsus (School Health Program)
  • Val Hammons
    Kaniksu Health Services
  • Karen Palmer
    Primary Health
  • Idaho Immunization Coalition
  • Richard “Buck” Davis
  • Annette Reece
    Hayden Lake Family Physicians
  • Anna Heier
    Lewis and Clark Health Center
  • Marie Hergert
    Saltzer Medical Group
  • Gary Rillema
    Eastern Idaho Public Health District
  • Barbie Vander Boegh
    College of Idaho
  • Lisa Barker, MD
    St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Pediatrics

Flu activity ( is decreasing overall in the United States, yet influenza viruses are still circulating and causing disease. A total of 75 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2013-2014 season have been reported to date. Influenza has been known to still circulate into May and June.

Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge everyone who still has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated now. Yearly vaccination is especially important for people who come in contact with high risk children in order to protect the child (or children) from the flu. An estimate of this season?s flu vaccine effectiveness ( to prevent influenza-associated illness was recently completed by the CDC.

Planning for the next flu season is already underway. The vaccine viruses recommended by the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 influenza season are the same as those for the 2013-14 influenza season ( Everyone will still need their flu vaccine again next flu season, but some children, who normally would need two doses, will only need one dose because the strains will be unchanged from this season.

For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page ( or the CDC FluView ( All American Academy of Pediatrics ?What's the Latest with the Flu? messages can be found online ( The AAP looks forward to working with each of you on influenza prevention and control efforts next year.

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Idaho Voices for Children

Nourishing Idaho’s Children

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Adolescent Resources (website)
    A treatment guide that highlights the clinicians' role in identifying and supporting treatment and recovery, an online module that provides videos on best practices for screening teens at risk for or struggling with drug abuse, and a step-by-step resource that helps identify and manage SUD in teens.

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Toxic Stress

  • We all will be hearing more about toxic stress in the future. This topic is one of the AAP's strategic initiatives on the national level. It should come as no surprise that adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs) such as child abuse, neglect, or living with parents with drug or alcohol abuse causes stress, the hormone-mediated flight-or-fight response that we all know about. However because the ACEs are usually chronic in nature, the stress response from ACE's is never turned off. This prolonged "toxic" stress, especially when experienced in the first several years of life, has been shown to cause observable changes in brain structure and function, as well as epigenetic changes in a child's DNA. The effects not only cause childhood problems such as poor impulse control, emotional dysregulation and developmental delays, but it also has been linked to adult diseases such as heart and lung disease. Pediatricians practice preventative health very well; the hope is that advancements in our understanding of toxic stress will help us improve our practice of preventative mental health.

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