Pediatric Opportunities,
Events & Updates
Friday, 20 March 2020 | Issue 19
Dear Chapter Members,

After nearly a week of schools and nonessential businesses being closed in Nevada, I am feeling grateful to have meaningful work to fill my work-from-home hours. At the same time, as a pediatrician's spouse, I am worried about his and all pediatricians' health. I think about not only your physical and mental health, but the financial health of your practices.

As our community continues to experience this pandemic, please let me be of service to you. I will continue to forward useful resources from AAP and monitor Nevada-specific resources for you and the families you serve . As issues arise, including but not limited to COVID-19, please share your stories with me. My contact information is below. We can even set up a video chat if you like! I may not have all the answers, but I will do what I can to push the issues important to Chapter members at both the local and national level.

Be well,
Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
Connect with me on LinkedIn
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OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested, please register by March 24 online here .
New Opportunity to Connect and Learn about COVID-19
The American Academy of Pediatrics is launching a new ECHO project , titled “AAP COVID-19 ECHO: Emergency Readiness & Response.” This virtual tele-mentoring program will connect an expert team of infectious disease and emergency readiness members with those providing care to children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of today, we are hopeful that we will be able to hold our Annual Meeting on October 24 at the M Resort, but we are exploring options for shifting to a virtual experience if in-person proves to be impossible.

In the meantime, call for Speakers, Posters, and Exhibitors is happening now . Learn more at NevadaAAP.org/annual-meeting-2020 .
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Resident and Fellowship Trainee Member Hardship Scholarship
Applications Due April 3
The American Academy of Pediatrics Hardship Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents and fellowship trainees in good academic standing. The Academy grants annually a number of hardship scholarships varying from $1,000 to $5,000. Each applicant will be reviewed carefully, and awards will be granted to the most deserving pediatric residents and fellowship trainees. For further information and requirements, please  click here . To access the application, please  click here . You will be prompted to create a username and password. This will allow you to save your progress and return to the form later, if necessary.

The Hardship Scholarship Program is supported through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson.
Chapter Media Spokesperson - Drowning Prevention
The AAP has asked us to identify a Chapter member willing to act as the spokesperson for media inquiries on drowning prevention. Chapter members who are interested in this role must contact Chapter Executive Director Leann McAllister by April 8.

Selected media contacts will have AAP media training at 10:00 AM PT (1 2:00 PM CT) on Wednesday, April 22.
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Although we are all practicing "social distancing", there are still online opportunities to "get together" to network and learn together. We may be physically separated, but not emotionally or intellectually.

Complete Calendar and Details at NevadaAAP.org/calendar .

Fri Apr 10th
Project ECHO -- Complex Pediatrics
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Online

Sun Apr 12th
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Online

Tue Apr 21st
Board Meeting
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Online
UPDATES
Pediatric Business Support
In addition to being physicians, many of you are also small business owners. Nevada AAP has set up a new online resource to support pediatricians seeking practice management support.
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Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Special thanks for Nevada AAP Member Dodds Simangan Jr., DO, FAAP who shared this link to the Guidance on Preparing
Workplaces for COVID-19.
Worth a Watch
AAP President Sally Goza, MD, FAAP, addresses pediatricians’ role in responding to COVID-19, from screening patients and sanitizing clinics, to reassuring and directing parents to accurate sources of information. The outbreak is fluid and evolving, so refer to www.aap.org for the latest updates.
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Although COVID-19 is overwhelming daily thought, Nevada AAP reminds pediatricians that although the AAP has advised postponing some well care, vaccines continue to be an essential service for children.

The Nevada AAP encourages parents to obtain flu vaccine for their children at their child's pediatrician's office as Board-Certified Pediatricians have the education, training, and experience best suited to meet the individual needs of a child being immunized.

Influenza Vaccine
 Members of the Nevada AAP are encouraged to seek help from Chapter Leadership if they run out of flu vaccination. The AAP offers guidance on ordering immunizations as well as other insights into engaging parents to bring their child in for the annual flu vaccine.

In some regions of Nevada, not all children have access to a primary-care pediatrician. In those areas, or when a pediatrician does unfortunately run out of flu vaccine, it’s important that parents seek vaccination anywhere they can (schools and child care settings, public health agencies and others). We are lucky in Nevada to have Nevada WebIZ so that wherever a child receives vaccine in Nevada, the primary-care provider will have a full and complete record.

When pediatricians are running low on vaccination, they should prioritize vaccinating children under the age of 6 years as older children have greater access to obtain vaccine elsewhere in the community.