International Elective Award (Posted 8/16) – Deadline September 15, 2016
Each academic year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will designate several $1,000 awards split in two cycles to categorical or combined-training pediatric residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. Applicants must be a member of the AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH) in order to apply. Awards are given on the basis of the application and an online recommendation form. Click here for information and the online application. The next deadline is September 15, 2016. For more information, contact Kimberley VandenBrook at or 800/433-9016 ext. 7134.
#VoteKids: Join AAP’s Get Out the Vote Campaign this Election Season (Posted 8/15)
Children can’t vote, but we can! The AAP recently launched its Get Out the Vote campaign, #VoteKids, with the goal of making children a meaningful part of the election conversation and encouraging all who advocate for children to vote with their needs in mind. The campaign offers a portal of tools and resources to help raise awareness about why it’s important to #VoteKids, including a social media toolkit and a social media banner you can add to your profile pictures through Election Day on November 8. The site also includes voter registration information, such as state voter ID requirements and registration deadlines. These resources and more are all available now on aap.org/votekids. Leading up to the election, the AAP will continue to share new campaign updates and resources on its #VoteKids website. In addition, one of our very own SOPT members created a presentation that you can use to educate yourself and your colleagues.
National Immunization Awareness Month #WhyIVax (Posted 8/15)
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is one of the most active public-health campaigns for the AAP. This year, the AAP is asking members to go on the record on vaccines and explain #WhyIVax on social media, and share resources from HealthyChildren.org, YouTube videos by Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE on vaccines, and AAP Voices blogs about the power of vaccines by authors that include Ari Brown, MD. This year, AAP will be posting infographics on the history of vaccines on Twitter and Pinterest promoting a timeline displaying the long and impressive history of vaccines. For more information about the NIAM campaign, please visit the campaign hub at www.aap.org\whyivax to find resources to share with patients, on practice websites and through social media. When you do, please use the hashtag #WhyIVax. Thank you for your support in making NIAM a success in 2016.
August is National Breastfeeding Month (Posted 8/15)
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that breastfeeding is the optimal source of nutrition through the first year of life. This year, the AAP Section on Breastfeeding will be posting a number of breastfeeding resources on Facebook to celebrate and build support for breastfeeding. To access and share these resources with others visit and "Like" our Facebook page @AAPSectionOnBreastfeeding. Be sure to include #breastfeeding in any message you post on social media during the month of August! To learn more about World Breastfeeding Week visit: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
Get Ready for Boards with PREP Email Alerts! (Posted 8/15)
As an AAP resident member, you receive an AAP-supported online subscription to PREP® The Curriculum, regularly priced at $439. It's optimized for mobile devices, and perfect for board review, lifelong learning, and CME/MOC requirements. PREP email alerts deliver questions straight to your inbox. Simply click "Email alerts" on the navigation bar in the online PREP Self-Assessment on PediaLink, and choose when you wish to receive questions from several options.
Did you know? All Residents Receive FREE Access to Pediatric Care Online! (Posted 8/15)
All residents have automatic access to Pediatric Care Online™, the AAP convenient and practical point-of-care resource integrating a full range of essential pediatric-specific clinical information and premier patient education content. Simply visit www.pediatriccareonline.org and sign in using your AAP Login and Password.
Global Mentored Scholarship Program (Posted 8/15)
The AAP Section on Orthopaedics offers awards of up to $1,500 to orthopaedic residents and pediatric orthopaedic fellows in the United States and Canada who are interested in providing musculoskeletal care to children in resource-poor regions of the world. The scholarship program facilitates mentored experiences for young surgeons in training. The application period is from July 1 - November 1. For more information, visit the Section website.
The Global Mentored Scholarship Program is supported by a grant from K2M.
13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, July 6-9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois (Posted 8/15)
Co-sponsored by the AAP and hosted by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, educational sessions will feature the latest treatment approaches, protocols and pearls in 35 different pediatric dermatology topic areas. Abstracts accepted for oral, poster and case presentations from August 1, 2016 - January 1, 2017. Trainee and early bird discounts available. Save the date now!
Community For Children: At the Border and Beyond (Posted 8/15)
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is offering the elective in advocacy and leadership development, Community for Children: At the Border and Beyond. Community for Children is an International Elective in Community Pediatrics located on the Texas/Mexico border where Immigration and one’s immigration status are a constant concern. The course is offered to upper level medical students, residents and fellows and graduate public health students.
Three New Posters and Shareable Images Now Available from the Campaign for Dental Health (Posted 8/15)
The Campaign for Dental Health is pleased to share three new posters and shareable images (memes) in Spanish and English. Designed to help share positive messages about community water fluoridation, health equity, drinking water, and children’s oral health, these are available in two forms. Click here to download a shareable image or PDF for use on Twitter, Facebook, your website, and other social media channels. A limited number of printed 18 x 24” office posters are available free of charge. To request copies, email CDH staff. Please include your address, which poster designs you would like to receive, what quantity, and which language you would like. Thank you for sharing!
Now Updated! State Pediatric Medicaid and CHIP Medical Homes Initiatives: At-a-Glance Table (Posted 8/15)
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, recently updated its “State at-a-glance” table. The table provides an overview of publicly funded state programs that support the implementation and spread of the pediatric medical home model of care, including information on Health Home State Plan Amendments, and states that have active Medicaid payment for pediatric medical home programs.
Language Access in Primary Care (Posted 8/15)
Created in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence, this article defines language access and provides examples of strategies to enhance language access services in pediatric primary care practices.
Tennessee: Advancing the Medical Home Model in Pediatrics (Posted 8/15)
In December 2014 Tennessee was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's healthcare system. The SIM grant supports a patient-centered medical home program built off a quality improvement initiative facilitated in partnership with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information, view the Tennessee State Profile.
Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living (Posted 8/15)
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free webinar on Thursday, September 1 from 1pm – 2pm ET titled Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living. This one-hour webinar is designed to educate practitioners on issues pertaining to adolescent transitions from the medical home, with practical tips to start using immediately, and a particular emphasis on successfully transitioning adolescents with asthma and allergies to independent living. Register for this important webinar today!
New Name – Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) (Posted 7/16)
It’s official! The former Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) is now the Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT). Though the name has changed, the section still represents all three levels of members in the various stages of their pediatric training. Updates to webpages, social media sites, etc. will be happening over the course of the next few weeks.
Join the Section on Telehealth (Posted 7/16)
Be on the cutting edge of how technology can increase access to care. Help establish the standards to define quality pediatric telehealth care! Membership in the SOTC will provide you with a connection to a network of over 330 telehealth professionals and help inspire the embracement of telehealth. The Section offers a mentoring program, educational and collaborative opportunities, as well as, tools and resources to help participate in advocacy actions. Join now to be an integral part of the telehealth movement and innovative technology!
Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation (Posted 7/16)
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) within the AAP is collecting innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric clinicians are encouraged to apply. All applications are reviewed by an expert panel, and selected applications are published on the NCMHI Web site and promoted through the NCMHI listserv, with over 5,000 subscribers. Apply here!
Ohio: Advancing the Medical Home Model in Pediatrics (Posted 7/16)
In December 2014 Ohio was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's healthcare system. Two key components of the SIM grant include a patient-centered medical home program and an episode-based payment initiative. Read the Ohio State Profile, developed through a partnership with the National Center for Medical Home Implementation in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academy for State Health Policy to learn more about this state’s efforts to advance pediatric medical home implementation.
Coordinating Center on Epilepsy - June 2016 Newsletter (Posted 7/16)
In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics was selected as the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (Center) under Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The Center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program’s Advisory Committee, as well as, other health professionals. One of the learning tools the Center offers is a quarterly newsletter that includes important information on Center activities, Section on Neurology resources, medical home resources, grantee achievements, forthcoming events and more! To view the June 2016 issue, click here.
NIH launches Moms' Mental Health Matters Initiative (Posted 6/16)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched Moms' Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters, and a conversation starter postcard.
Advocate for Children and Teens in Foster Care (Posted 6/16)
Healthy Foster Care America, an initiative of the AAP to improve the health and well-being outcomes of children and teens in foster care, has resources and materials to help physicians advocate for children and teens in foster care, including a flyer that can be used in newsletters, listserv announcements and websites. The flyer features information about the AAP Healthy Foster Care America website as well as a tool on the flipside that can be copied and used immediately.
High Value Care: New Transitions of Care Toolkit (Posted 6/16)
A Transitions of Care Toolkit containing tools developed to assist physicians in transitioning young adults with specific chronic diseases/conditions into adult care settings is now available. It was developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP) Council of Subspecialty Societies, with participation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), medical specialty groups and patient advocacy organizations. The toolkit is derived from the Six Core Elements of Heath Care Transition model of Got Transition and the clinical report, “Supporting the Health Care Transition From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home,” from the AAP, ACP, and American Academy of Family Physicians.