2017 - July Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2

I hope everyone had a pleasant July 4 th celebration, and that you are enjoying the summer break. 

I want to thank our membership for your support during our advocacy efforts during the month of June. The two AAP Days of Action (June 15 th and June 22 nd ) propagated nationwide, reaching out to our legislators in opposition to a health care bill that could leave millions uninsured. The participation of every AAP Chapter, along with multiple other agencies and concerned individuals, resonated enough in Washington, D.C. to delay the vote.  As Congress returns from their recess tomorrow, the AAP will be reaching out to all of us again to continue our advocacy on behalf of the children we care for and love. I thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
In this issue we have an article by Christine Thang, MD, District IX Representative for the Section On Pediatric Trainees. Christine reports on the passionate advocacy efforts of our residents from CHLA, UCLA, and Harbor-UCLA. Thank you, Residents, for such fantastic work!

The Statewide section contains links from the AAP-CA website. Please visit those if you are interested in the top bills being supported by our District.

While early, we are already providing you with the tools to submit Resolutions for consideration for the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum. You will find the tools and resources in the District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee section. 

I attended two fabulous Town Halls in June, one in Woodland Hills, and the other in Oxnard. Please read about them and see the photos below.

Please take a look at upcoming events. The San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center is hosting a conference on August 12. Cottage Children's Medical Center is hosting a Symposium on Child Abuse on September 8. 

Lastly, we have received a grant from First 5 LA to host several Town Halls throughout Los Angeles County on the topic of developmental screening (early detection and referral). Our executive director has been meeting personally with staff from each Regional Center to plan these events that are scheduled to begin in October.

Please feel free to get involved locally by contacting our Chapter 2 executive director.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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Advocacy - Residents' Corner
CA Pediatric Trainees Mobilize for the AAP's Call to Action to Protect Medicaid
Christine Thang, MD 
 AAP District IX SOPT Representative

Christine Thang, MD
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
Representative, AAP-District IX, Section On Pediatric Trainees
Pediatric trainees from across the state of California responded to the AAP's Call to Action. Upon hearing about the nationwide effort to unite pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Call to Action to Protect Medicaid," pediatric resident leaders joined in a teleconference to mobilize their fellow trainees. Jayme Congdon, a rising third-year pediatric resident from Stanford, inspired her fellow AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees members by sharing details about their planned rally held at the university hospital. Other programs responded with advocacy events at their respective institutions.
Within AAP California Chapter 2, UCLA, CHLA, and Harbor-UCLA shared their undertakings in calling Senators and posting on social media using the hashtags #KeepKidsCovered! and #DontCapMyCare. CHLA residents brought in their laptops on June 15 th , the first action day, to write letters. On the second action day on June 22 nd , CHLA residents were ready with signs and informational booths outside the hospital. 

At UCLA, a designated noon conference led by residents on their advocacy rotation trained and informed colleagues about current events pertaining to the new healthcare legislation. Residents spent the working hour writing letters to legislators, calling their Senators, and broadcasting their endeavors on social media.

As the AAP District IX Resident Representative, I was amazed to witness how quickly our California pediatric trainees, despite their busy work schedules, were able to mobilize across the state and come together in advocating for child health. The importance of healthcare access for children over the next decade struck a cord with many of us young physicians. Photos of the "Stand Up for Children"  SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) rallies (courtesy of  Dr. Lisa Chamberlain ) inspired many of us. Using that momentum as our motivating catalyst, we undoubtedly made our legislature feel our energy and passion up in Sacramento, CA and in Washington, DC! 

Statewide Advocacy
Please visit the AAP-CA website for more information on the most current Advocacy Priorities and High Priority Bills list for the 2017-2018 Session.

District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee
Resolutions for the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP CFMC Representative, AAP District IX
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 

If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider writing a resolution. Here's how!!!

Please Click here to view the full report, including Submission Deadline (November 15, 2017), Sponsorship, and Late Resolutions.

In The Community
June 13, 2017 in Woodland Hills

AAP-CA2 Member At Large, Ken Saul, MD, FAAP hosted a Town Hall at Maggiano's of Woodland Hills on June 13. Guest speaker Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP presented the topic "Calming Reflex", and shared his strategies to boost sleep, soothe colic and prevent postpartum depression and SUID. Dr. Karp shared compelling videos of his techniques in action, and presented SNOO, a baby bed designed with smart technology to respond to a crying baby with automatic soothing effects.  Dr. Karp is the Founder and CEO of Happiest Baby .

Following the feature presentation, Dr. Saul engaged the audience as usual, begining with his Sports Trivia, and culminating with topics of interest and controversy. This event was generously sponsored by Dr. Karp.

(Top left) Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP presents the Calming Reflex topic to local pediatricians in Woodland Hills, CA. (Top right) AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul, MD, FAAP thanks the audience for attending and engages everyone in a discussion over topics of interest. (Center left) AAP-CA2 President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP provides an overview of Medicaid, how it relates to the Health Care Act, and the imminent implications of the possible changes. (Center right) AAP-CA2 Immediate Past President and District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee Representative Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP provides an update on dental anesthesia stating that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry approved the change to clarify the requirement of a separate anesthesia provider for children for Deep-Sedation in an office setting.

June 21, 2017 in Oxnard

Sponsored by Help Me Grow Ventura County, Dr. Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP (Community Pediatrician at the Pediatric Diagnostic Center in Ventura, and Early Career Physician Representative for AAP District IX) hosted a Town Hall on June 21 at the  Tri-Counties Regional Center Conference Room in Oxnard.  The focus of the event was on the evidence for developmental screening, trauma screening and screening for unmet social needs. The event was kicked off by  Sharon Elmensdorp, PhD, BCBA-D, Developmental Specialist with the Landon Pediatric Foundation, who co-chaired with Dr. Ruiz in the planning of this event. The Landon Pediatric Foundation leads the Help Me Grow initiative in Ventura County (Funded by First 5 Ventura County).

Several community organizations were present during the event to provide information and answer questions about their services. Click Here to view their contact information.

(Above, left) Dr. Elmensdorp kicked off the event and introduced the speakers.
On right, Dr. Melissa Ruiz presented her topic:  Addressing Unmet Social Needs Builds The Foundation For A Healthy Child.

(Top) Sarah Hemmer, MD, FAAP presenting  Adverse Childhood Experiences.
(Bottom) Sun Moon Lee, MD, FAAP focused his presentation on  Developmental Screening in a Busy Clinic.


Multiple agencies provided an overview of their services. (Top) Representatives from Ventura County Behavioral Health, (From left)  Dr. Deborah Thurber, Felicia Skaggs, and Jennifer Putt.
(Left) Representing Ventura County Public Health,  Shar Busch spoke on the services offered by the Children's Health Promotion program.
Representing Tri-Counties Regional Center, (Middle)  Anne Baltzer and (Bottom right)  Paulina Gluck.

Save The Dates!
August 12, 2017 in Pomona

The San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center is hosting a  Multidisciplinary Conference For Healthcare Professionals:

Breaking Barriers, Developing Possibilities: 
Bridging Pathways To Quality Healthcare  For People With Special Needs (ID/DD) 

Keynote Speaker: Larry Yin, MD, MSPH
Director of USC UCEDD, USC Associate Professor Keck School of Medicine

Featured Speakers:
 Paul Glassman, DDS 
Darlene Sweetland, Ph.D, Psychology 
Nirupama Madduri, MD 
Wade Banner, DMD 
Gladys Njuguna, Ph.D, Nursing 
Marwa Moustafa, MD 

This Conference is a wonderful opportunity for Physicians to learn about the unique healthcare needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and how to collaborate with Regional Centers.


September 8, 2017 in Santa Barbara

Symposium on Child Abuse: Prevention, Recognition, Education

Presented by Cottage Children's Medical Center

Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara
This event is co-organized by AAP-CA2 Santa Barbara Area Representative, Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP.

CLICK HERE to see the agenda and to register

Mass Casualty Triage Training

Dear AAP-CA2 member:
  1. Do your practitioners know what to do in a Mass Casualty situation?
  2. Do they know how to rapidly Triage patients?
  3. Do they know the difference between START and JumpSTART?
If the answer to any of these questions is "NO", your facility needs our Mass Casualty Triage PPT and Tabletop Exercise presentation!
Please contact Dr. Millicent Wilson at (562) 347-1648 or milwilson@dhs.lacounty.gov if you would like for us to present at your healthcare facility. 

AAP-CA2 Video: We Are The AAP-CA Chapter 2 -  2017

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