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AAP-CA Advocacy Update

AAP-CA has always been a champion for children's health and well-being. Over the past year, AAP-CA supported seven bills that were signed into law. In addition, the AAP-CA-Sponsored AB 2109 (Pan) was enacted. 


Click here for a complete list of AAP-CA Advocacy Successes 




Town Hall Meeting: Developmental Screening in  

Thousand Oaks, CA  

January 14 

See flyer for details  


Town Hall Meeting:  Immunization Schedule, PBE, Influenza vaccine in Victorville, CA 

Speakers include Dr. W. Mason and Dr. B. Gilbert (IEHP)

January 16

Contact Damodara Rajasekhar at 
for more info 


2013 Pediatric Surgery Conference at CHLA

"Does My Patient Need a Pediatric Surgeon?"  

January 26, 9:00AM-4:15PM

Up to 7 CME Credits offered 

 See flyer for details 

Ventura County Children's Oral Health Summit:
"Great Health Starts Here" 
Ventura County Conference & Educational Services Center (Camarillo)
February 5, 8AM-2PM  
For more info, contact
Susan Englund at or call (805) 485-6288, ext. 226.

Town Hall Meeting: Concussion Debates (Screening and Post-Concussions) in Woodland Hills
February 6


Check out our new website on Wild Apricot!  


AAP-CA2 wants YOU to help us test out our new and improved website with added features. It is still under construction, but please click through the site and give us your feedback! 
A Members-Only section will be added, exclusively for Chapter Members.  

Friends of Children Fund
The AAP offers you two ways this holiday season to remember or honor someone special. The Tree of Lights is a commemorative project sponsored by the Friends of Children Fund. For each commemorative gift of $25, a light will shine on the tree in the name of a family member, a loved one, a mentor, or a colleague. The tree will be on display at the AAP headquarters in Elk Grove Village.

Another way to express your appreciation for someone special is to dedicate a brick in the newly remodeled main entrance to the AAP headquarters. You can make a donation of $200 or more to the Friends of Children Fund and sponsor a brick to be placed in the walkway or walls near the main entrance. For a limited time, you can dedicate a brick and express your appreciation for those you love and cherish. 

All donations go towards the Friends of Children Fund to help the AAP accomplish its mission to attain optimal physical, mental, and social well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. 

Please visit to order your brick or tree of light gift, or call 888/700-5378 for more information or with questions.

Funding Opportunities
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health has a request for proposals for its "Young Investigators Award-Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs" program.  They are offering three $15,000 12-month grants to support young investigators to conduct research involving care systems for children and youth with special health care needs.
Find out more information here.

$1500 Minigrants Available to Benefit Shot@Life 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to provide 10 grants between $500 and $1500 to pediatric residents, AAP members and/or AAP chapters to support an event that benefits the UN Foundation Shot@Life program.

Click here for Minigrant application. Please send questions or completed applications to Terrell Carter ( and Elizabeth Sobczyk ( by January 4.


Fit to Play & Learn is launching its 2nd year in LAUSD!


AAP-CA2 has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Nurses Act to Prevent Obesity (SNAPO) to champion a childhood obesity prevention program,
Fit to Play & Learn. The brand new program is teaching low-income 4th and 5th graders and their parents ways to integrate healthy food, healthy drinks choices, and physical activities into their daily lives.


We are currently taking donations to fund this program. Thank you for 
your support!

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American Academy of Pediatrics, California - Chapter 2             
December 2012 E-Newsletter


Dear Dr.   ,



As we prepare for the holidays and the new year, let us be thankful and keep in our thoughts those less fortunate, and especially those who are suffering from recent tragic events in this soon to pass year.


In this issue is information on how to make a contribution to the Friends of Children Fund, and also an opportunity to obtain funding to promote global immunization for children who currently do not have access to life saving vaccines.


Other important and interesting events are listed for the new year as well as a review of our advocacy successes for the past year, and an opportunity to serve as a delegate in the AMA. 


Happy and peaceful holidays and new year!



Heide Woo, MD, FAAP


AAP - California, Chapter 2


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AAP - American Medical Association  House of Delegates
Call for Nominations 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a delegation of 6 AAP members who represent the Academy in the American Medical Association House of Delegates. The AAP Board of Directors is seeking nominations for Delegates to serve beginning with the June 2012 AMA Annual or November, 2012 Interim meeting.


Criteria for appointment:

  • Practicing pediatrician or academician.
  • Significant experience with AAP chapters, national committees, councils or sections and with AMA and  State medical society activities.
  • Excellent communication skills and public speaking skills.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to build consensus with issues.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with AAP policies, technical/clinical reports, and manuals.
  • Ability to respond to issues and requests promptly.
  • Ability to represent the Academy at AMA meetings.
  • Understanding of the child health care and medical education systems, and of the influences of social economic political, and cultural issues on the health and health care of children, youth and families.



Delegation members are appointed by the AAP Board of Directors and may be reappointed for up to 12 continuous years.


Interested candidates are asked to complete a membership interest form and biosketch fact sheet (available at Please return to me by January 10, 2013. 


Please contact Jonathan Klein at 847-434-4322 or email, if you have any questions.



AAP-CA2 Members: Please let  us know of your interest, so we may supply a letter of support. Contact Danielle Kilchenstein at

Updated Pediatric TB RAQ
in Los Angeles County


The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has updated their recommended pediatric risk assessment questionnaire (RAQ). The new guidelines are more closely aligned with the most recent AAP guidelines.


Updated Pediatric TB RAQ 


Note the following changes: 


- There is a note at the top clarifying the current recommendations for the appropriate test for TB infection to use for children under 5 years of age and for children over 5 years of age.


- The first question has been re-worded to focus on children born in high-risk countries.


- There is a note at the bottom clarifying that a test for TB infection need only be re-applied if the child presents with any new risk factor since his / her last assessment. 





This is a HAN Notification from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH).

LAC DPH routinely investigates infectious disease outbreaks involving single-dose/single-use vials being used for multiple patients.  These outbreaks cause extensive harm to patients and they are associated with significant healthcare and legal expenses.  Dedicating a single-dose/single-use vial to one patient is a critical element of proper infection control.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition just released new tools for healthcare providers to learn about and follow safe injection practices: one needle, one syringe - only one time.

These materials are featured on the CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog

1)     Training Presentation: "Safe Injection Practices:  Protection Yourself and Your Patients - A Bloodborne Pathogens Training Activity." 

2)     Video: "How to do it right" A Unique Perspective on Proper Use of Single-Dose Vials

3)     Poster and brochure: Insulin and other Injected Diabetes Medications are Personal

4)     Digital Press Kit: Spreading the Message

For LA specific information, LAC DPH has published several articles related to injection safety: 
This health update was sent by Dr. Sarah Guerry, LAC DPH Deputy Medical Director (
Smoke-Free Movies:
Six major Hollywood studios just made the case for R-rating tobacco.

Smoke Free Movies Logo

One in a series, this Smoke Free Movies advertisement first ran on October 3, 2012, in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.


Six major Hollywood studios just made the case for R-rating tobacco.


        "Reducing kids' exposure to on-screen smoking is official, national health policy. But in 2011, reversing five years of progress, Hollywood studios boosted tobacco incidents in PG and PG-13 movies by 34% overall. And kid-rated movies exposed audiences to 10.7 billion tobacco impressions - double the number in 2010.


        The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report last week that three MPAA-member studios - Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros. - led the 2011 rebound. Ironically, these three companies boast corporate policies  against screen smoking and all but eliminated tobacco from their youth-rated movies in 2010.


        Paramount and Fox had nothing to  brag about either. Their youth-rated movies averaged nearly twice as much smoking as Universal and Warner Bros. films. Sony reduced smoking in its youth-rated movies by 32 percent in 2011. Still, its PG and PG-13 movies delivered 1.1 billion tobacco impressions to theater audiences, more than twice as many as Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. combined in 2010.


        The closely-watched report on Hollywood's tobacco performance comes out only months after the U.S. Surgeon General decisively concluded that screen smoking causes kids to smoke. It also follows a letter from more than three dozen state Attorneys General, telling movie studio heads that "the bottom line is that action needs to be taken, now."


        The only answer left? An industrywide R-rating for future movies with smoking. 


        Every major Hollywood studio just showed America that nothing else will stick."


Read the full CDC journal article - Smoking in Top-Grossing US Movies, 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease 2012;9:120170 (Sept. 27, 2012) - at

  2013 Pediatric Surgery Conference

"Does My Patient Need a Pediatric Surgeon?"

**Up to 7 CME Credits**  


Saturday, January 26, 2013 
9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.


SLS Hotel - Beverly Hills
Garden Conference Room

465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048


Complimentary valet parking. Breakfast, lunch and reception will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED! Cost: $115. For more information and to RSVP please visit For any questions, please contact Caitlin Beck, MPH, Director of Provider Programs and Outreach at 323-361-1667 or   


Click here for brochure 


  A message from Reach Out and Read Los Angeles

The end of the year is drawing near. Thanksgiving is behind us. Here is what is new at the national-level and in Los Angeles County:

Reach Out and Read was featured on PBS NewsHour on November 8th

The piece was filmed at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and captures the essence and impact of our program. If you haven't already viewed the 6 minute story, please click on this link. You can also find the video on the homepage of our website under "Latest News." We are thrilled for this amazing national exposure.


Reach Out and Read National Center has a new look to their website.

The nationally-acclaimed design firm, allen & gerritsen, has been working pro bono with Reach Out and Read to update our look as part of our re-branding campaign.  We hope you'll take a few minutes to explore our new website. The URL -  - remains the same.


Locally, I am truly grateful for the support received from the following corporations and foundations:

  • $25,000 from Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California (Tent 25) 
  • 13,700 new children's books from Scholastic   
  • $24,000 from Target stores in increments of $2,000 to 12 Reach Out and Read sites

Plus, I am also grateful to:

  • Meltdown Comics for a $1,000 donation from an in-store event and 73 new books
  • Bidders at the silent auction at Women & Words who contributed a total of $3,393

What an appropriate time of year to wish you the best of the holidays and a bright 2013.  



Debbie Navarro, Program Director
Reach Out and Read Los Angeles