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Pediatric Physician Consultant Position Available

The Missouri Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division is seeking a Pediatric Physician Consultant. This position requires responsible and highly skilled and complex physician consultant work involving responsibility for Medicaid, Children’s Division, and Division of Youth Services functions of substantial scope and complexity. Please visit the MO Dept of Social Services website for the full job announcement.


  • Possession of a MD or DO degree from an accredited university.
  • Five to Ten years of professional experience as a licensed physician involving client assessment, planning and therapeutic applications; familiarity with Medicaid; and administrative experience would be desirable.
  • The deadline to apply is February 8, 2015.

Submit a DSS application, detailed resume and cover letter to:

DSS/Human Resource Center, PO Box 1527, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1527, Or Email:


Workforce survey-you can help!

The AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW) is conducting an online survey of pediatricians who are members of the Missouri Chapter. The results will provide important workforce information and data that we can use in our state advocacy efforts and for Chapter planning. It will also enable the AAP, at the national level, to better advocate for our needs. We strongly encourage your participation! Please be on the lookout for an email with your link within the next week.   (You may need to check your SPAM folder, too!).

If you have questions, please feel free to contact COPW member Mary E. Keown, MD, FAAP at

Thank you in advance for your time, Johanna B. Derda

For information about Academy pediatrician workforce policy activities visit our website.

Research studies role of geneticist in medical home

Heartland Genetics Services Collaborative Seeks Feedback from Pediatricians in AR, MO, IA, NE, ND, SD, OK, and KS
The Heartland Genetics Services Collaborative is conducting a research project focused on gaining a better understanding of the role of the geneticist in the patient-centered medical home. This is a mixed methods study exploring perspectives of medical geneticists, families, and pediatricians. An online survey—geared toward gaining perspectives from primary care pediatricians—will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The Heartland Genetics Services Collaborative will use the results of this study to guide planning with our stakeholders.

Click HERE to complete the survey. If you have any questions, contact Christine Bruha  or Lori Dean.

Pedslines Fall/Winter 2014

To download a pdf of the latest edition of Pedslines click here!

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…

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.

Read the rest…

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.

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