Idaho AAP


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Practical Pediatrics CME Course

  • January 29 - February 1, 2015
    Resort at Squaw Creek
    Lake Tahoe, California
  • Save $150! Register by December 23, 2014 for Early Bird Rates.
    Earn a maximum of 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM
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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.

Text BABY to 511411

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Disaster Preparedness — Update on initiatives

The Idaho Chapter of the AAP continues to provide input and assistance with pediatric disaster preparedness planning and response to local hospitals, healthcare centers, medical providers, EMS agencies, health departments, and various community partners. Read More >>

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Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

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Childseat Inspection Finder

Childseat Instructors Resources

Child Passenger Seat Safety

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Children in the Media

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Early Brain & Child Development

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

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Healthy Teen Relationships

Healthy Teen Relationships

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Crying Baby

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Iron Lung

How blessed we are to have access to safe vaccines?

During the Idaho Immunization Coalition Summit I had the privilege to experience briefly the Iron Lung. Let's bear in mind I chose to go in and new my friend Buck would be quick to release me from the chamber if needed. I inhaled the first breath as the lung was exhaling for me and a bit of panic set in as my chest expansion was quickly halted by the lung. A few more breaths and I was in sync and it was less worrisome. A patient suffering polio disease would have to be in the lung 2-20 hrs per day and sometimes continuously to support their respiratory function. Read More >>

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››



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Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC)

We use local, state, and nationwide networking to address the healthcare needs and priorities of children.

  • Medical Home Portal (website)
    A "one stop shop" for healthcare professionals and parents to find information, resources, and support for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). To access Idaho-specific information, select Idaho from the drop-down menu in the top left corner.
  • Pediatric Quality Improvement
    Pediatric quality improvement (QI) aims to affect changes in practice that result in improvements in care, with the goals of increasing the proportion of pediatric healthcare providers whose practice is consistent with the best available evidence and to increase the number of children and adolescents who receive such care.
  • Adolescent Depression Screening Learning Collaborative
    The specific aim of this project was to increase early detection and initiation of treatment for depression in patients 12 through 17 years of age.

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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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Transitioning to Adult Health Care

  • Practice Tools & New Website
    The Center for Health Care Transition Improvement - Got Transition recently released The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition (2.0), which define components of transition support and are based on the clinical report, "Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home", developed by the AAP (led by the Council on Children with Disabilities), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians.

    Three transition tool packages are available for: 1) practices serving youth who will transition out of pediatric care into adult care; 2) practices serving youth who will remain with the same provider but need to transition to adult-focused care; and 3) practices accepting new young adults into adult care. Each package includes sample tools that are customizable and available for download.

    A new website,, includes an interactive health provider section, FAQs developed by and for youth/young adults and families, information for researchers and policymakers, and lists of transition resources.

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