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AAAP Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium

  • December 3-6
    Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
    Huntington Beach, CA
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Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics in Whistler Winter Course

Adolescent Immunizations Improvement Project

IPP Conference

Idaho Perinatal Project 2016 Winter Conference

Shot Smarts Immunization Conferences

  • Dr. Paul Offit, a nationally-recognized speaker, will be the keynote speaker, so mark your calendars!
  • April 25, 2016
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
  • April 27, 2016
    Boise State University, Boise
  • April 29, 2016
    Northern Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene
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Awards and Recognitions

  • Special Achievement Award – John Ullery, MD
  • Special Achievement Award – Paul Douglas McPherson, MD, FAAP
  • 2014 Award of Chapter Excellence – Idaho Chapter of the of the AAP (Presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrician of the Year – Kathy Stevens, MD FAAP
  • Child Advocate of the Year – Larraine Clayton
  • Organization of the Year – March of Dimes, Idaho Chapter

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Other Links of Interest

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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  • Goat Milk Feedings and Infants Less than One Year of Age
    Goat’s milk is Not appropriate as the primary feeding for infants. Neither goat’s milk nor cow’s milk can adequately replace breast milk or infant formula. Children under one year of age need an approved infant formula if not breast fed. Premature infants will likely need supplementation with a specialized formula in addition to breast feeding.
  • Idaho Breastfeeding Basics (website)

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What's New with the Flu?

Flu activity is low in the United States at this time. It is not possible to say when influenza activity will increase, which virus(es) will predominate, or who will be most severely impacted by influenza infection. Vaccination is still the most important step in protecting children against influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises clinicians to expect sporadic vaccine delays, but no shortages. A recent AAP News Breaking News article shares additional information regarding potential influenza vaccine delays.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Reiterates Safety and Importance of Vaccines

Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise. There is no “alternative” immunization schedule. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer.

Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time. Pediatricians partner with parents to provide what is best for their child, and what is best is for children to be fully vaccinated.

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Child Abuse Prevention

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Early Brain & Child Development

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Ending Childhood Obesity

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

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Crying Baby

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Pediatric Involvement Needed

The Early Childhood Coordinating Council is recruiting pediatric staff members who are interested in joining one of the Regional Early Childhood Committees. The Early Childhood Coordinating Council (EC3) is the Governor’s appointed Council which plans and coordinates early childhood systems within Idaho. 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.

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Idaho Voices for Children

Nourishing Idaho’s Children

Oral Health

  • Idaho Oral Health Network Update – November 2015 (pdf)
  • Healthy Me Update – November 2015 (pdf)
    From the Idaho Oral Health Alliance
  • US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations Ages 0-5 (website)
  • Schedule of Screenings & Assessments Recommended at Each Well-child Visit from Infancy through Adolescence (website)
    From the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Please Welcome Catina Tharp, Network Coordinator/Health Program Specialist, Idaho Oral Health Program

    For those of you that may not be aware, this past spring the Idaho Oral Health Program (IOHP) received funding from the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 Initiative to build a statewide oral health network here in Idaho. The overarching mission of this network is to implement the 2015-2020 Idaho Oral Health Action Plan utilizing a Collective Impact Framework. The network will also serve as the driving force for Idaho to achieve the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 Goal of eradicating dental disease in children. More››

  • Idaho Receives A Grade in PEW Dental Sealant Report
  • Idaho Receives A Grade in PEW Dental Sealant Report (pdf)
  • New CPT Code for Physician Administered Fluoride Varnish (pdf)
    Effective January 1, 2015 for children up to 21 years of age, the application of topical fluoride varnish by a physician, or other qualified health care professional, should be billed with the new 2015 CPT® code 99188. The dental code D1208 is no longer covered for physicians by Idaho Medicaid. Application of fluoride varnish by a dentist continues to be covered through the Idaho Smiles program.
  • Idaho Smile Survey 2013 Report (pdf)
  • Fluoride Recommendations for Primary Care Clinicians from the US Preventive Services Task Force (pdf)

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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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Respiratory Virus Tracking

Respiratory Virus Tracking

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Smoking, Nicotine, E-Cigarettes, and Marijuana

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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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