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
- February 11, 2016
Presented by the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaboration for Children
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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 dAlene
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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
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Text BABY to 511411
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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District V & VIII
The Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) and Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) would love to invite everyone to sign up to be mentors in the AAP Mentorship Program: https://aapmentorship.chronus.com/about.
SOMSRFT and SOECP worked hard this past year to get a mentorship program up and running. We hope you become involved in our new and exciting program!
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 Governors appointed Council which plans and coordinates early childhood systems within Idaho. More››
The Council sponsors a Regional Early Childhood Committee in each of Idahos 7 regions of the state. The regional Committees bring the work of EC3 to the local region, bringing education and resources to communities all across the state. The Committees are interested in involving medical providers in their local activities and it is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in supporting young children and their families. For more information, contact the Committee chair in your area:
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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- Importance of Milk and Dairy in Children's Diets (pdf)
- American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Advice on Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Now there is a single resource parents can turn to for answers to all these questions and so much more. "Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd Edition" by the American Academy of Pediatrics, William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, FAAP, and Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, Editors, is a complete guide for maintaining children's nutritional health from birth through adolescence. It will be available in bookstores nationwide October 1, 2011.
- Idaho Foodbank Backpack Program
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Nourishing Idahos Children
- 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››
An important part of this network and any Collective Impact initiative is having a dedicated infrastructure and backbone organization with staff that can "plan, manage, and support the initiative through ongoing facilitation, technology and communications support, data collection and reporting, and handling the myriad logistical and administrative details needed for the initiative to function smoothly." With this being said, I would like to introduce to you our Network Coordinator, Catina Tharp. Catina has a passion for improving health outcomes and strengthening communities. She has had opportunities to build programs from the ground up as well as expand/strengthen existing programs. She has extensive experience creating connections, cultivating relationships, developing professional networks and building sustainable programs. Catina?s previous experience includes working with the March of Dimes and the Albert Einstein Healthcare system to build a professional network and advance efforts for a group model of prenatal care, aimed at improving birth outcomes for at risk moms and families. In addition to this experience she also worked at Idaho State University as a program coordinator for various academic programs while obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education with an emphasis on Community/Worksite Health.
The IOHP is extremely excited to have Catina and I know that once you all have an opportunity to meet her you will share this excitement! As we move forward with the initial first steps of developing a statewide oral health network please be on the lookout for an initial contact from Catina, especially as we begin to personally reach out to each of you individually to attend one of the upcoming Regional Oral Health Network meetings!
- 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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- 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, www.GotTransition.org, 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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