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

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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! 

2015 Healthy Tomorrows Grant Cycle

As you may know, pediatrician involvement and chapter partnership are important parts of Healthy Tomorrows projects. Application guidance strongly encourages applicants to develop relationships with their local AAP Chapter during the application process. Applicants are also required to demonstrate pediatrician involvement in their project. For these reasons, applicants may look to chapter leadership for guidance and assistance. We have developed the Healthy Tomorrows Proposal Development Guide to help applicants and chapters with the application process.

Topics covered in the materials include:

  • Suggestions for developing a program proposal
  • Promoting pediatrician participation and American Academy of Pediatrics chapter involvement in Healthy Tomorrows grants
  • Increasing access to care
  • Forming advisory boards
  • Developing an evaluation plan (a logic model is required with the application)
  • Example budget and justification
  • Resources for community-based initiatives

An electronic version of the Healthy Tomorrows Proposal Development Guide is available for download. Visit the Healthy Tomorrows Program web site for additional information.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the development of successful community-based initiatives. Please contact the Healthy Tomorrows Program staff if you have any questions:

Maureen Finneran -  800/433-9016, ext 7082
Karla Palmer -  800/433-9016, ext 4279

Gun safety matters.

Toddlers are curious. Teenagers are impulsive.  Gun safety matters.

by Missouri Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Sandra McKay, MD, President

Our constitution does well to protect our rights as citizens to bear arms, and for those of us who choose to own guns, it is our right and privilege.  However, as any comic book enthusiast knows, with great power comes great responsibility. So it is not enough anymore to be a gun owner. We have to be responsible gun owners.

Every year we are saddened by gun-related deaths that involve children.According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June of 2014, 70% of accidental gun-related deaths in children could have been prevented with safe gun storage. Children by their nature are curious beings. Even though you may tell kids over and over to never touch a gun, they still may. Also, children also know a lot more than we often give them credit for. They are good at finding things. They know where you store your guns. In order to best protect them, it is the responsibility of each gun owner to be certain that they have stored their guns properly, unloaded, in a locked safe with the ammunition separate from the weapon. Click to download the rest of the letter.

The executive board would like for you to email it to your local newspaper and send it to your colleagues and anyone you think should read it. Thank you!

An important Message from the Missouri AAP Chapter

Important New Information - click to download each document. 

Medicaid Q&A
Non-Citizen Coverage
MEDES Users Group Update
Hospital Update Backlog
Common Process Matrix
MOAAP leadership has been informed that many of our members’ patients are struggling with issues surrounding patient enrollment and re-enrollment in Medicaid.  Specifically, newborns, children and pregnant women are losing their Medicaid coverage as the system has transitioned to a call center approach.  They are either inactive or unable to get enrollments started with newborns.   In the meanwhile these children are unable to get medical care, prescriptions, or procedures.  I am sure that we all have heartbreaking stories to tell.
Your MOAAP leadership has been engaged on the front lines for you, contacting key people at the state level to try to solve this problem. We were able to have conversations explaining what our patients have to go through just to be seen, not to mention the challenges pediatricians and their office staff experience every day trying to help families re-connected to the help they need.  I am happy to report that we have made some progress, and we will continue to work with the key parties until this problem is solved.

In the meanwhile, for cases where getting needed help is crucial, you can contact the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) via email at . This mailbox is monitored by a team of specialists who will work on these cases to resolution. In addition to a synopsis of the barriers you are encountering, please include your patient(s’) name(s) and DCNS(s) (DSS’s Department Client Number).  If the sending office can encrypt the message*, a SSN and date of birth is also helpful information.  When you email DSS, please copy to our office ( so we may continue to help.
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