Member Updates,
Opportunities &
Thursday, 3 March 2022| Issue 48
Dear Nevada AAP Members,

I became a certified COVID Vaccine Ambassador, and so can you! What's more, for free, your support staff and the families you serve can also become certified.

Created by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, this free, go at your own pace 2-hour course prepares parents of school-age children, PTAs, community members, and school staff to be Vaccine Ambassadors and promote vaccine acceptance in their communities. 

Please do your part to become a certified COVID Vaccine Ambassador and encourage others to do so as well. Together we can effectively fight against misinformation and vaccine hesitancy.

Today's Member Update is full of wonderful member work, opportunities for pediatric providers, and a calendar of events -- mostly for pediatricians with a few events for the families you serve as well.

Thank you for being a member and for all you do to improve pediatric outcomes in Nevada.

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
Connect with me on LinkedIn
COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training

How to Talk to Parents
Chapter Leadership in the News
Nevada AAP chapter members talk with journalists and write op-eds to provide accurate and reliable medical information to the public.

Recent press activity includes Nevada AAP Chapter President Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP talking about RSV with TV news in Reno and Nevada AAP Immediate Past President Pamela Greenspon, MD, FAAP talking about mask policy at CCSD.

Successfully working with the media requires planning, strategy, hard work, and allocation of resources. The AAP provides tools to help pediatricians ensure that journalists get the most accurate information possible on pediatric issues. Visit Working with the Media to learn more about the many resources from the AAP to support members wishing to work with the media.
RSV surge slowing after a severe season that started early

After six months of circulating, the number of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, cases in Nevada is down dramatically from a peak of 5% test positivity rate in October to . 35%. "Luckily our RSV numbers are declining in the community,"...

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Immunize Nevada Video Compilations
Immunize Nevada has put together video complications, one in English and one Spanish, of CVOID PSAs they've produced to educate the public about COVID and the vaccine. Nevada AAP Chapter leader Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP appears a few times in the Spanish-language complication. These are worth watching and sharing!

Immunize Nevada relies heavily on healthcare partners to realize its mission of improving health by preventing disease. They are a valuable resource to doctors by providing ongoing vaccine education, office and clinic resources, recognition and other support services. Click here to learn more.
National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers
The Nevada Chapter of the AAP joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and other national and state organizational leaders in this open letter laying out a united vision for increased investments in prenatal-to-three issues in 2022 and beyond.

By calling on our nation’s leaders at every level to invest in the following priority areas, we have the opportunity to yield meaningful dividends into the future for our economy, our communities, and our families:

  1. Economic Security for All
  2. High-quality, Affordable Child Care
  3. Comprehensive Family Supports
  4. Maternal and Child Health
  5. Equitable Policy Implementation

You can read the full letter by clicking
Mental Health Disorders Course – Register by March 11 and Save!
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Pediatric Mental Health Disorders course will be held April 8–10 in Rosemont, IL. In-person or virtual attendance is available. This course is designed to enable participants to learn critical concepts in the recognition of pediatric mental health disorders and apply evidence-based strategies to manage patients’ illnesses effectively and efficiently. Earn up to 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and 10 MOC Part 2 points by successfully completing a reflective assessment.

Save $150 when you register by March 11.
Innovation in Developmental Surveillance and Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The AAP, with support from the CDC, conducted interviews with 9 emerging practices across the country to identify innovative developmental surveillance, screening, referral, and follow-up practice modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information gathered from these interviews resulted in a new (free) PediaLink course, an emerging practice repository, and practice pearls highlighting innovative strategies to incorporate in your own practice!
Chapter Calendar

Complete Calendar and Details at

Thu Mar 3rd 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Connecting with the Experts: A COVID-19 Townhall Series
Join the AAP for bi-weekly live video conferences and learn more about COVID-19 from AAP experts.

Thu Mar 3rd 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Genetics Pop-Ups
This virtual event is meant to be a safe space for individuals and families to listen, explore and ask questions about genetics and children.

Fri Mar 4th 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Genetics Pop-Ups
This virtual event is meant to be a safe space for individuals and families to listen, explore and ask questions about genetics and children.

Sat Mar 5th 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Genetics Pop-Ups
This virtual event is meant to be a safe space for individuals and families to listen, explore and ask questions about genetics and children.

Wed - Fri Mar 9th-11th
Nevada Chapter, Medical Group Management Association Annual Meeting
Learn More and Register -- Free for Physicians (use code PHYSICIAN2022)
Palace Station Hotel and Casino, 2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas

Wed Mar 9th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Influenza Immunization in Children & Families: Challenges and Best Practices

Fri Mar 11th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
UNR Project ECHO Complex Pediatrics
Second Friday of Every Month -- Free CME led by Nevada AAP Board Member Kathryn Eckert, MD, FAAP

Sun Mar 13th 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!
For Families -- Free -- Second Sunday of Every Month

Wed Mar 16th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
CDC's Project Firstline Curriculum Launch Event for Healthcare Workers

Wed Mar 16th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Nevada Youth Healthcare Transitions ECHO series
Free 6-part ECHO with CME -- Attend one or all 6!

Thu Mar 17th 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Addiction Treatment in Pediatric Settings ECHO

Sun - Tue Mar 20th-22nd
2022 AAP Advocacy Conference
Join Nevada Chapter leaders in meetings with Nevada's congressional delegation and their staff.

Thu Mar 24th 9:00 AM
Nevada Joint Interim Standing Committee on Health and Human Services

Fri Mar 25th
Due Date for 2022 National Conference & Exhibition Call for Plenary Proposals & Keynote Ideas

Thu Mar 31st
Parent Vaccine Survey Deadline -- Please Share with Nevada Parents

Fri Apr 1st
2022 AAP Resolution Deadline

Fri Apr 1st
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
GO BLUE! by wearing blue and posting to social media with #GoBlueNV

Fri Apr 1st
Deadline for Nevada Medicaid Families to Switch MCO Plan

Thu Apr 7th 9:30 AM
Nevada Interim Finance Committee Meeting

Fri Apr 15th
Deadline: Nominations for Nevada AAP Leadership

Thu Apr 21st 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Inclusive Medicine Series: Black Men In White Coats R.I.S.E. Up!
TMCC William N. Pennington Health Science Center, 18600 Wedge Pkwy, Reno

Fri - Sat Apr 22nd-23rd
2022 Nevada PTA Virtual Convention

Sat Apr 30th 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
Quarterly Virtual Nevada AAP Board Meeting
Guest Speaker Nevada AAP Leader Dr. Kas (Oriaku Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd, FAAP)- The Teen Doc - presents confidentiality best practices

Sun May 15th 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Camine Con Un Doctor
For Families -- Free

Fri - Sat May 20th-21st
Inflammatory Brain Disorders Virtual Conference

Tue - Wed May 24th-25th
2022 Nevada Health Conference
Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N Virginia St, Reno