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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MEDES Webinar

Missouri Eligibility Determination and Enrollment System (MEDES) Webinar

August 14, 2014

10am- noon

Meeting Password: training123

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OCTOBER 20 TO 23, 2014

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Save the Date Well-Being Conference


Social and Emotional Well-Being in Early Childhood Conference

Friday, November 14, 2014

YMCA/O’Fallon Rec. Center


Young Physicians Council Mentorship Program Application


Pedslines headerThe Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Physicians Council has developed a mentorship program exclusively for Young Physicians! The mentorship program hopes to meet the unique needs of the Chapter’s young physicians by creating partnerships with senior chapter members.

Topics to be discussed would include: transition from training to early career, professional development, career goals, work/life balance and advocacy. The mentorship program is designed to match a young physician and senior chapter member pair in a geographic region with similar career types, interests and professional goals or achievements. The time commitment may vary, but pairs would be expected to meet at least three times during the one year program. After completion of the one year program, the mentor and mentee may continue to meet if mutually desired.

If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please download the application, complete it and return to Johanna Derda.

Pedslines, Spring 2014 Edition

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Midwest Health Informatics and Telemedicine Conference(mHIT)

August 21-22, 2014 | Westin Crown Center  in Kansas City.

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MoAAP’s Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day

Mark your calendars for
MoAAP’s Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day
March 11, 2015, Jefferson City!

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