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AAP - California Statewide Advocacy Update- June 2012


The Governor's Budget Proposal seeks to eliminate the  Healthy Families Program (HFP)/Cut Reimbursement, and move children to MediCal-Managed Care. AAP-CA has taken a stance on this priority issue on behalf of the health of our children. 


You can follow this link to the District's website to see the latest information on this proposal and other priorities:


AAP-CA Priority Issues




LA-HPAC Legislative Advocacy Training

June 19, 2012

12-1 pm

Pomona Valley Hospital

Contact Kelly Clancy to RSVP



Webinar- Time Efficient Skills to Address Vaccine Hesistant Parents: Focus Group Results and Best Practices

June 26, 2012

12:30 - 1:30 pm

 Register for this free webinar here



Committee on International Child & Adolescent Health (CICAH) meeting

June 27, 2012

7 - 9 pm

CHLA in the Dale Herklotz Melbourne Conference Room. 

Contact Dr. Albert Chang for more information


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.




Fit to Play & Learn launched in LAUSD!


AAP-CA2 is partnering 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 will teach 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           June 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Dr.   ,



School is out and my term as President is up.  I certainly am ready for a summer vacation!  Thank you all for the support of everything Chapter 2 has accomplished over the last 2 years.  Below you will see your new slate of officers.  Congratulations to them all.
Congratulations also to our Resident Research Award winners: Joelle Donofrio, MD and Grace Wan, MD.  Each received a monetary award and certificate for their excellent research abstracts.  Please encourage any residents who do research to submit an abstract for next year's award.
This newsletter also contains information about developmental screening and a new round of CATCH grants to be funded in the next several months.


Laura Mabie, MD, FAAP
AAP - California, Chapter 2


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2012-2014 Board of Directors





Helen DuPlessis, MPH, MD, FAAP



Vice President/President Elect

Paula Whiteman, MD, FAAP




Heide Woo, MD, FAAP




Chris Landon, MD, FAAP



Immediate Past President

Laura Mabie, MD, FAAP




Cindy Baker, MD, FAAP

Grant Christman, MD, FAAP

Janet Arnold-Clark, MD, FAAP

Corinn Cross, MD, FAAP

Toni Johnson-Chavis, MD, FAAP

Lorna McFarland, MD, FAAP

Susan Wu, MD, FAAP

Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP

Promoting Early Brain and Child Development Through CATCH Planning
 The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) as a strategic priority. If infants and young children do not have supportive, nurturing relationships, significant adversity in childhood such as poverty, abuse, or parental depression can become "toxic,"  altering the way their brains develop. In this way, "toxic stress" influences behavior, health, and learning not just in childhood, but for decades to come. 


The mission of CATCH program is to support pediatricians to collaborate in their communities to ensure that all children have access to all needed health services and a medical home. 
The next deadline for applications is July 31, 2012. 

Feel free to contact your CATCH representatives Elisa Nicholas, MD, or Alice Kuo, MD.

Autism Screenings in Infancy: Tools to Identify and Treat as Early as Six Months



            Breaking news: the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is now 1 in every 88! This may not be a surprise to many practitioners as the incidence of autism has been on the rise for the past two decades. 


           However, in concert with the rising prevalence also comes an increasingly better prognosis for children with autism. In fact, children with autism who receive early intervention, starting before the preschool years, are more likely to gain the skills to talk, live independently, and sometimes even drop off the autism spectrum. Researchers have identified simple ways to both screen infants for early red flags of autism and, more importantly, intervene at this very young age.



Read the full article here 



Contact Jessica  Bradshaw at the Koegel Autism Center Infant Program for more information on free screenings and intervention for infants under 18 months of age exhibiting early signs of autism.

Jessica Bradshaw