October Newsletter Part II
What’s Up Docs?
Janice Kim, MD, MPH, FAAP
Secretary and Communications Director
As polarized as our world is today, one thing that can still bring smiles to people’s faces is thinking about their pediatricians. As a profession, one thing that unites us is that we provide care for families, even when they might have different viewpoints from our own. As pediatricians, we really often are the “frontline” of seeing what is going on amongst our families. With a chapter as vast as ours, you all have an even broader scope of understanding of our world.

So we just launched a section on our website to share your ideas, “What’s Up, Docs?” to help us all keep a pulse on this moment. Think of it as a collection of perspective pieces or low-key op-ed. We will house the article on our website which makes it easy to share, if desired, on social media. Since these views are from pediatricians and for pediatricians, any and all views are welcome. We will do what we can to support diversity of thought and opinions. We all have a voice and here is an opportunity for you to share yours with other pediatricians. So, Docs, tell us What’s Up!  

Guidelines for submissions: aapca1.org/whats-up-docs-suggestions/
Questions about or to submit an article to What’s Up, Docs, contact info@aapca1.org
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as We talk about #VoteKids & Celebrate the work of our chapter
Event Highlights
Last month, our chapter held our 2nd Advocating for Children Together (ACT) Conference. Our amazing keynote speakers presented on topics such as combating anti-science propaganda in social media, dismantling structural racism in our healthcare systems and framing the COVID-19 public health response through a health equity lens. Additionally, our faculty taught conference participants what they can each do to help promote the civic health of their patients through the use of physician-driven, non-partisan, voter registration toolkits. There were also opportunities for one on one mentorship with experienced pediatrician advocates and we took a deeper dive into specific advocacy skills like story-telling and coalition building grounded in advocacy areas of passion such as child abuse, legislative advocacy, climate change, mental, immigrant and school health! Watch the slideshow of some of our highlights from the event!
Our chapter just held our annual Board Retreat. This is a meeting of our chapter board, along with committee and task force chairs and grant project leaders to review finances, membership data, administrative issues and more importantly to look at where we are with our chapter activities, discuss where we want to be, and plan how to get there. We just completed the first year of a 3-year strategic plan and are proud to state that California AAP Chapter 1 is currently a robust, healthy and thriving chapter. Though there are always challenges, and this year has sent us all more challenges than usual, we have had an extremely active and successful year. Watch the slideshow of some of our favorite moments from the meeting!
Upcoming Events
October 10, 2020: UCSF's ACEs & Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care in
October 15, 2020: Annual Membership Meeting - REGISTER!
October 22, 2020: ECP Town Hall on Racism and Implicit Bias - REGISTER!
December 5, 2020: 5th Annual Pediatric Puzzles - SAVE THE DATE!

Our mission is to promote the optimal health and development of children and
adolescents of Northern California in partnership with their families and communities, and to support the pediatricians who care for them.

President: Raelene Walker • Vice President: Nelson Branco
Secretary: Janice Kim • Treasurer: Nivedita More • Past President: John Takayama
Executive Director: Isra Uz-Zaman