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Pedslines Fall/Winter 2014

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Children’s Mercy Events

Children’s Mercy Bioethics Webinar Series

The Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center webinar series is underway and there are three webinars remaining

November 11, December 10 and January 19.

The webinars are free, but you must register by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 11: Ethical Issues in Pediatric Clinical Research presented by Nancy Kass, ScD

Nancy Kass, ScD, is the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Kass co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Committee to develop Recommendations for Informed Consent Documents for Cancer Clinical Trials, and served on the NCI’s central IRB. She has served as consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and to the National Academy of Sciences. Current research projects examine ethics for a learning healthcare system including quality improvement and comparative effectiveness and informed consent in randomized trials. She has outlined proposed ethical principles for a Learning Health Care System: “We argue that the received view of the research-practice distinction leads to over protection of the rights and interests of patients in some cases and to under protection in others. We contend that a new ethical foundation needs to be developed that facilitates both care and research likely to benefit patients, and that provides oversight that, rather than being based on a distinction between research and practice, is commensurate with risk and burden in both realms.” - Hastings Center Report, 2014.
The Children’s Mercy 2015-2016 Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics is now accepting applications.

Learn more about the program in this interview with Dr. Lantos.

Applications are due March 1, 2015.
Visit our website for an application and to learn more.
Please email us at for more information or to submit your application.

CHIP Webinar Available NOW!

Click here to view the webinar. For more CHIP info read on.


  • The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a means-test program that provides health insurance to low-income children and pregnant women that have no health insurance and are not eligible for Medicaid.
  • Unlike Medicaid, CHIP is NOT an entitlement program
  • States have the option to cover their CHIP population under its Medicaid program, design and structure a separate CHIP program, or establish a combination program using both options.
  • Missouri has a combination CHIP program with eligible children covered by a Medicaid expansion up to 150% FPL and children 151-300% covered by a separate CHIP program.
  • In FY2013, 92,918 Missouri children were covered by MO HealthNet for Kids CHIP
    55,017 were in Medicaid expansion CHIP
  • 37,901 were in the separate CHIP program
  • With recent enactment of Show Me Health Babies by the General Assembly, about 2,000 unborn children will be eligible for CHIP upon regulatory approval and funding.
  • Children enrolled in Missouri’s CHIP program receive health benefits identical to the benefits in the Medicaid program, including enhanced pediatric benefits called Early and Periodic Screening, diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) coverage. Unlike Medicaid, however, families with children in the CHIP program pay a premium that is tied to annual family income.
    The federal government pays for 73.4% of the cost of Missouri’s CHIP program. Read the rest…

Register Today for the 2014 Missouri Immunization Training

Join your colleagues for Missouri’s first-ever, one-day immunization training for health care professionals and medical providers on November 19, 2014.  The theme for this year’s training is “Immunizations: Educating Today, Protecting Tomorrow.”  The training is being held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The training offers informative, educational sessions, dynamic speakers and excellent opportunities to network with colleagues.  Attendees will learn about programs and policies that impact immunization delivery as well as trends in the utilization of technology for immunization resources.

The training will focus on Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy; Vaccine Updates; and Exemptions, Legal Issues and VAERS Reporting.  Speakers include Kenneth Haller, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, St. Louis University School of Medicine; William Atkinson, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition; and Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Chief–Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Participants can preview the latest in technology, best practices, programs and services specifically designed to meet the needs of public health professionals.

There is no registration fee to attend the training.  For a detailed training registration flyer and to register click here.  Space is limited – register today!

If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Immunization Assessment and Assurance at 800.219.3224.

Books Build Connections

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton just left the podium at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, where she unveiled the Academy’s updated early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents, Books Build Connections. We wanted to share this announcement with you as soon as it was made so that you can take advantage of this new resource.

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CDC Health Advisory

Click here to read the advisory. 

Advocacy Day training in Washington, DC


The AAP will be hosting an Advocacy Day training in Washington, DC, on Monday, February, 9, 2015.

The training will include an in-depth session on how to advocate to members of Congress led by pediatrician federal policy experts and AAP staff. The day will culminate with in-person visits to federal legislators on Capitol Hill.

Hilton Garden Inn
1225 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

There is no cost to attend the training other than travel to and from Washington, DC. If you are interested in attending, please email Devin Miller.

MoAAP’s Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day

Join us for the AAP statewide Advocacy Day on March 11, 2015.   Previous experience or background knowledge about the issues to be discussed is not needed.  You may not realize it, but as an expert in child health you are already equipped with what  you need to influence and educate lawmakers.

You will be briefed on the topics for the day and provided with informational handouts for legislators.  If you have not been part of Advocacy Day before, you will also be paired with an experienced advocate for your meetings with legislators.

Come gain valuable hands-on experience in working with our lawmakers, and be a voice for children in Missouri who deserve the opportunity to grow up healthy and happy.  They are counting on us!

Contact for more information or to RSVP for the day.

Public Forum Invitation - Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Children’s Services Commission Subcommittee on Childhood Obesity welcomes health care providers, public health agencies, community health organizations, schools, and other stakeholders to a presentation and discussion about potential policy actions to improve prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in Missouri. The Subcommittee seeks advice and guidance from many citizens as it prepares policy recommendations for consideration by the Missouri Legislature. All are invited.
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Medical Homes @ Work e-Newsletter September 2014

In preparation for the 2015 health insurance enrollment period, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI)—a cooperative agreement between the AAP and the federal Maternal and Children Health Bureau—has developed resources to enhance understanding of specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act and their relationship to children and their families. View the Affordable Care Act e-Newsletter  and please sign up for the NCMHI listserv to stay updated on health reform and medical home implementation resources, such as soon-to-be released family friendly fact sheets on specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act such as Concurrent Care for Children, Habilitative Services, Health Homes, and Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid Coverage for Children with Disabilities. For more information, contact Alex Kuznetsov . 

Click to read the latest issue of the Medical Homes @ Work e-News! 

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