AAP launches new federal advocacy website (Posted 10/14)
Looking for the latest updates on child health federal policy or information on how to take advocacy action? Visit the AAP's newly-designed federal advocacy website. The new website offers access to resources and educational tools on federal policy affecting children and pediatricians. Visit the website's Advocacy Action Center, to access email templates and talking points to help guide outreach to federal legislators.
Upcoming Advocacy Day Trainings (Posted 10/14)
The AAP will be hosting two Advocacy Day trainings in Washington, DC, on Monday, October 27, 2014, and Friday, January 23, 2015. Beginning with an in-depth training 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. The October training will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1225 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. There is no cost to attend the Advocacy Day trainings other than travel to and from Washington, DC. If you are interested in attending either of the trainings, please email Devin Miller.
What’s the Latest with the Flu (Posted 10/14)
The 2014-2015 influenza season is fast approaching. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2014-2015” offers updated recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. Important details are highlighted in the AAP News article. The AAP recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for all people 6 months and older, including all children and adolescents. Optimal protection is achieved through annual immunization. Although the vaccine strains for this season are unchanged from last season, getting a dose of flu vaccine this season is critical for maintaining protection in all populations, as antibody titers may wane to 50% of their original levels 6 to 12 months after vaccination. Both trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines are available, and immunization is indicated with either of these (no preference). Live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should be considered for healthy children 2 through 8 years of age who have no contraindications or precautions. If LAIV is not readily available, then inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) should be used; vaccination should not be delayed to obtain LAIV. During the 2013-2014 influenza season, vaccination coverage among children 6 months to 17 years increased to 58.9%, a 2.3 percentage point increase compared to the 2012-2013 season. There were still 108 reported pediatric deaths from influenza last season; close to half the deaths were in healthy children. Of these deaths, about 90% had not been immunized so more efforts are needed to ensure children and their caregivers are vaccinated as soon as influenza vaccine becomes available. See Information on Vaccine Supply. For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FluView. All What’s the Latest with the Flu messages will be archived.
AAP.org has gone mobile (Posted 9/14)
One of the things we’ve heard quite a bit from members is their desire to be able to access AAP.org from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Which is why we are happy to announce that beginning this week, AAP.org is now much more mobile friendly. That means no matter how you visit the site - from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone - the site will automatically adjust the screen size to improve readability and navigation. Now you can enjoy all AAP.org content, regardless of whether you're at your desk or on the go.
Call for nominations: Advocate of the week spotlight (Posted 9/14)
In order to celebrate the accomplishments of medical students, residents and pediatricians who are going above and beyond advocating for our nation’s children at the federal level, the AAP’s weekly Federal Legislative Update will occasionally spotlight advocates in action. The goal of the spotlight is to showcase efforts that may otherwise go unrecognized and recognize the value of every advocacy action, no matter how small. The Federal Legislative Update is sent to the AAP’s Key Contact network every Friday that Congress is in session summarizing the week’s events and federal policy advancements that impact children and pediatricians. To sign up to become a Key Contact, or to send a nomination for the “Advocate of the Week Spotlight” email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free educational toolkits for global immunizations (Posted 9/14)
The AAP, a founding partner of the UN Foundation Shot@Life campaign, is offering free educational toolkits for members interested in raising awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and their effects globally through the Shot@Life campaign by educating families in pediatric clinicians’ practices. Resources include promotional Shot@Life materials for the office (posters, pens and t-shirts) and educational tools such as info cards for parents/patients and talking points on global immunizations. Learn more and order your toolkit today!
New Fluoride Resources for Health Professionals (Posted 9/14)
Pediatricians are a trusted source of information on children’s oral health. That’s why the AAP Campaign for Dental Health has just released five new tools to give pediatricians quick, comprehensive guides to fluoride safety, preventing fluorosis, and engaging in comfortable discussions with parents and caregivers on their concerns about fluoride and community water fluoridation. Included are two companion handouts so that families leave the office with accurate information in hand. See the Health Professionals page for all five tools! How Fluoride Works is a one-page infographic that explains how drinking fluoridated water protects teeth throughout the lifetime. Versions in both English and Spanish can be downloaded from our website. The Campaign for Dental Health is a volunteer network of local and national organizations that provides reliable, evidence-based information on community water fluoridation on our website, IlikeMyTeeth.org. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellowship Trainees - Deadline November 1 (Posted 8/14)
Are you interested in becoming a leader in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees? Each year the section recruits interested residents and fellowship trainees into leadership positions.
· American Medical Association Resident Fellow Section (AMA-RFS)
· Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH)
· Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)
· Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care (COFCAKC)
· Council on Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS)
· Pediatric Care Online Editorial Advisory Board (PCO EAB)
· Provisional Section on Tobacco Control (PSOTCo)
· Section on Epidemiology (SOEp)
· Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM)
· Section on Oral Health (SOOH)
The deadline for liaison positions is November 1, 2014. More information can be found on our Leadership Opportunities page of the website.
New Advocacy Listserv for Pediatric Residents (Posted 8/14)
If you’re interested in connecting with other residents passionate about community health and advocacy, join this new resident-led email list. Share successes, ask questions and learn how to strengthen your training in advocacy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the REAP (Residents Engaging in Advocacy in Pediatrics) Listserv. Medical students and fellowship trainees are welcome as well.
Save the Date: 2015 AAP Legislative Conference (Posted 8/14)
The AAP Legislative Conference will be held April 12-14, 2015, in Washington, DC. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to develop their federal advocacy skills through interactive workshops, learn about timely child health policy topics, hear from several guest speakers from Congress and the Administration and visit with their legislators on Capitol Hill. If you are interested in attending and would like to be notified when registration opens, please email LegislativeConference@aap.org. For more information, please visit aap.org/legcon.
Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation – Do you know what to look for? Webinar series (Posted 8/14)
Pediatricians often encounter children with delays of motor development. Earlier identification of motor delays allows for timely referral for developmental interventions as well as diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning. The clinical report “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (Pediatrics, June 2013) includes suggestions for formal developmental screening at the 9-, 18-, 30-, and 48-month well-child visits; approaches to the neurologic examination, with emphasis on the assessment of muscle tone; and initial diagnostic approaches for medical home providers. Use of diagnostic tests to evaluate children with motor delays is described and the importance of pursuing diagnostic tests while concurrently referring patients to early intervention programs is emphasized. The corresponding educational series as outlined below has been developed for pediatric clinicians to enhance developmental surveillance and screening for Neuromotor impairment.
New Archived Webinar Now Available - Updated AAP Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of RSV Hospitalization (Posted 8/14)
The American Academy of Pediatrics held a webinar on July 28th that provided an overview of the policy statement and technical report "Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection", that was early released on July 28th and will be published in the August 2014 Pediatrics. The webinar explains the basis of the new policy and provides a summary of the recommendations. There is no cost to view this archived webinar which may be accessed at AAP Red Book Online: www.aapredbook.org/site/resources/webinars.xhtml