December 10, 2013
Dear Missouri Members,
Through our partnership with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is requesting input from primary care providers to gather information regarding screening and brief intervention (SBI) attitudes and practices for adolescent substance use – particularly alcohol. Clinicians that see at least 10 patients per week between the ages of 9-20 are eligible to participate in this survey which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Survey results – which will be kept confidential – will be used to inform the development of resources for primary care clinicians regarding alcohol screening and brief intervention with adolescents. Participants that choose to be contacted for additional information will have an opportunity to share their contact information via a separate link that will be provided at the end of the needs assessment. Access the needs assessment here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SBI_Survey_July2013.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 13, 2013.
The AAP is dedicated to supporting primary care providers in the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) as well as in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Additional information can be found in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders toolkit www.aap.org/fasd.
We appreciate your support and the time you take to complete this survey. Feel free to contact Faiza Khan, AAP FASD Program Manager with any questions.
December 8, 2013
The AAP Section on Senior Members each year recognizes and honors an outstanding senior pediatrician actively engaged in advocacy to improve the lives of children. This award is supported by funding from Mead Johnson Nutrition. Today’s political and economic climate demand that Fellows of the Academy actively advocate for children and the Section on Senior Members has a wealth of effective child advocates among its members. The Section annually encourages such advocacy through honoring outstanding contributions to child advocacy by a senior member of the AAP. The nominations criteria sheet has a few changes directed toward distinguishing child advocates (“speaking up for children”) from volunteers. Both are commendable endeavors, of course, but there are many more volunteers than active child advocates and the Executive Committee appreciates your recognition of the distinction.
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December 2, 2013
HPV vaccination coverage in the US has stagnated, well below other adolescent vaccines. If pediatricians gave HPV vaccine at the same time they gave other adolescent vaccines, rates would be close to 90%. We must do better! The AAP and CDC have partnered to offer AAP chapters a set of options and well tested materials to promote the importance of HPV vaccination with members. Funding for the activities will be provided by the AAP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. An AAP national staff person will also be available to help plan activities and provide technical assistance to chapters.
Goal: At least 90% of chapters choose one or more of the options below.
Directions: Click to download a pdf of options. Please complete the requested information, place an “x” next to one or more of the options below, and return this form to Elizabeth Sobczyk by December 16. We will be in touch shortly after that to begin planning your activities and events!
November 22, 2013
The Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council asks AAP members who have an active clinical practice and work in an office setting to complete this survey. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will help the AAP to gather information on steps that members have taken or tools they have used to improve office preparedness for a disaster. Survey results will be used to guide the development of future resources. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 20, 2013.
Click here to complete the survey!
We appreciate your assistance in completing this survey.
For additional information, see the AAP Children and Disasters website by clicking here.
November 16, 2013
According to the CDC’s National Immunization Survey data Missouri has immunization rates for children aged 19-35 months that are lower than the national average. In order to help pediatricians in your state increase immunization coverage rates, the American Academy of Pediatric Childhood Immunization Support Program would like to offer you the following opportunity.
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October 6, 2013
The Missouri AAP Chapter Young Physician Council (YPC) is looking for PGY-1 or PGY-2 residents interested in becoming involved in the YPC leadership. If you would to help the Chapter keep in touch with its “younger side,” plug in members with social media, develop your leadership skills and advocate for Missouri’s children, please contact Maya Moody or Johanna Derda.
The Young Physician Council is comprised of Missouri Chapter members in residency on their first five years of practice and/or under the age of 20. The YPC is involved in social media (Facebook, Twitter, MOAAP website), mentorship programs, grant opportunities and serving the general needs of young, new pediatricians in the state. If you would like to be involved please contact Maya or Johanna today!
October 1, 2013
Call for Proposals opens November 1, 2013—submissions due January 31, 2014, 2:00 pm CDT
Grant applications will be accepted online only http://www2.aap.org/catch/funds
Ensure your project qualifies for funding and request assistance with proposal development
· Review the guidelines before beginning your application http://www2.aap.org/catch/funding.htm Contact your Chapter CATCH Facilitator.
Contact CATCH staff: 800/433-9016, ext 4916 or 847/434-4916 or e-mail email@example.com
· Visit the grants database for descriptions of awarded CATCH grants and for grantee e-mail addresses
Click to download a pdf of the Grant Application Questions/Worksheet.
September 25, 2013
As incredible as it may sound, unless Congress acts over the next week to pass a budget for next year, the federal government will begin shutting down operations on Tuesday, October 1st. The impetus for this shutdown debate this week is a vote the House of Representatives took last Friday. It keeps in place the mindless budget cuts, which Congress calls the “sequester”, for another year and attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act to make sure health insurance reform never gets implemented. This bill moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration this week.
Ending the Affordable Care Act would have a devastating impact on the health of America’s children. It would:
- Allow insurance companies to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and end protection for families if their child needs extensive care.
- Dramatically cut back coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, leaving millions uninsured.
- Take away pediatric benefit packages with oral and vision coverage for all children. The law requires coverage of not only basic pediatric services under all new health plans, but also oral and vision needs, starting next year. Many health plans do not provide coverage for needed child health services, and 12 percent of children have not had a doctor’s visit in the past year. These plans could continue to deny these services.
- Harm quality of care for children. The law develops children’s quality priorities and promotes children’s quality measurement and reporting to improve the care that our nation’s children receive. These would end if the law is defunded and repealed.
Eliminate health insurance choices through state-based health insurance Exchanges to families without job-based coverage and fail to provide tax credits to those who can’t afford it.
- Reinstate lifetime caps on coverage. Unless defunded and repealed, the law will end all lifetime limits on how much insurance companies cover if beneficiaries get sick and bans insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
- End the extension of coverage up to the age of 26 – The law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26. Millions of young adults continue to have coverage as a result of this law. Defunding and repeal puts young adults back at the whims of for-profit insurance companies.
Call your senators this week. Tell them to pass a budget that ends the mindless sequestration budget cuts, invest in all children, and moves forward on implementing the landmark Affordable Care Act. Millions of children and families struggle with health care decisions every day. We can’t allow Congress to make their options worse.
September 14, 2013
I’m looking forward to summer’s last blast ending later this week, am enjoying having both of our kids in the same school for the first time and am trying to settle into the fall routine. I hope each of you has had a great summer.
Your Chapter has been quite busy. We are preparing for our annual meeting in association with the annual CAPS program at Kansas City Mercy Hospital (click to download a brochure about this event). I encourage you to attend the Chapter sponsored luncheon meeting on September 19, 2013 in the Community Room. We have put together an interesting and informative agenda.
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