Pediatric Updates, Opportunities &
Friday, 10 April 2020 | Issue 21
Dear Chapter Members,

Thank you for your work on the frontline in these challenging times.

And thank you for being a member of the Nevada AAP! During the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAP National and Chapters are working together to advocate at every level of government (state and federal) to support our members in key areas such as telehealth and access to personal protective equipment. We are also working closely with the CDC to provide needed clinical guidance to our members so you can do the critical work needed for children, their families, and our communities.

Working alone from home, I have never felt as connected to our membership as I have during these past few weeks! Thank you for letting me be of service.

Be well,
Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Click the image above to view the survey questions.

Click the image below to view the survey results.
COVID-19 Member Survey
We had 30 Nevada AAP members participate in our first COVID-19 Survey. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Click on the images to view the questions and responses. A few highlights:

More than half of the respondents work in independent practices and are small business owners. Although information about current SBA Disaster Relief Loans and Paycheck Protection Grants seems to change daily, the AAP has established this webpage to support members who are also business owners.

More than 70% of respondents are concerned about having enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to care for patients. The Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force is responsible for coordinating medical professionals needing PPE. Nevada AAP has reached out to the Nevada COVID-19 Response Business Information Network site to learn more about how to reques t assistance and are waiting for details.

The AAP recognizes that a common concern is whether high risk pediatricians should stop seeing patients during this pandemic. The most recent recommendations for higher risk groups can be found from the CDC  here . Important factors to consider are the severity of the outbreak in your community and what  local  and  state  public health officials are recommending in terms of community actions to reduce risk. Most importantly, given that every individual is unique and has various health needs and risks, we recommend that you consult with your primary care physician to discuss what the best plan is for you and your family.
Nevada AAP Calls for Increased Funding for Gun Safety Research
Nevada AAP proudly joined 200 national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations in signing letters in support of $50 million in federal funding to the CDC and NIH for research on firearm-related morbidity and mortality prevention.

The final letters can be downloaded by clicking the images, with one PDF addressed to the Senate and the other to the House.

As a testament to the success of our collective advocacy on this issue, here are the funding opportunity announcements for the first CDC and NIH grants supporting this research in over 20 years!

Are you passionate a bout this issue? The Nevada AAP is seeking a Chapter Member to lead our Gun Violence Prevention advocacy in Nevada. To learn more about this and other Chapter leadership opportunities, visit the AAP centralized list of chapter and national volunteer opportunities for AAP members. There are positions for everyone, whether you are in training, in practice, or retired.  Must have a member login and password to view.
Letter to Senate above.
Letter to House below.
COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy
The Nevada AAP joined colleagues across the U.S. to combat misinformation or disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines in general.

Click on the image to read the letter sent to congressional leaders urging them to include the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019, (H.R. 2862), in the next legislative vehicle to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

If you have questions about this or other vaccine issues, contact Nevada AAP Vice President and Chapter Immunization Representative (CIR) Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP at .
Identification and Screening of Social Determinants of Health Among Children with Special Health Care Needs in Medicaid
Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet highlights how state Medicaid agencies are working to incorporate social determinants of health (SDoH) screenings into their programs to improve health outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case studies provide innovative, replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening.

If you have questions about this or other Medicaid issues, contact Nevada AAP Chapter Contact for Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee (PAAC) Medicaid Workgroup Mayra Jones-Betancourt, MD, FAAP at .
Doctors Volunteer for Nevada
We have heard from some Nevada AAP members that several of you have signed up for the Nevada State Emergency Registry of Volunteers-Nevada (SERV-NV) a web-based system used to register, qualify and credential Nevada's healthcare professionals before a major public health or medical emergency.

We don't have any other details other than what is on the website , but we'd love to hear from any of you who have updates!
Annual Meeting Updates -- Call for Speakers Deadline April 30
The Nevada AAP is closely monitoring decisions made by the AAP for NCE in early October and will most likely follow their lead in terms of in-person/virtual and timeline.

AAP has extended their deadlines and we are following suit. Speaker submission deadline is now April 30 and registration is forecasted to begin June 1. Visit our Annual Meeting webpage to learn more about our biggest event of the year scheduled for October 24.
Pediatricians Connect Online
Nationally and Locally
The AAP recently launched a new virtual community  for AAP members to connect directly with one another about the COVID-19 pandemic and to pose questions; share helpful tips and practice pearls; and offer and receive support and encouragement from peers.

The virtual community features the following:
  • Individual discussion boards
  • Shared resource library

The AAP online discussion board is great, but sometimes Nevada pediatricians just want to connect with other Nevada doctors. For that, the Nevada AAP has a members-only closed Facebook group. If you’d like to join the group, you visit the group page , request to join, and it should ask for your AAP ID #. Nevada AAP processes requests within 48 hours. Contact with any questions or concerns.
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 .

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

Tue Apr 21st
Board Meeting
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Fri May 8th
Project ECHO -- Complex Pediatrics
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Fri May 8th
UNLV Grand Rounds: Pandemics
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Sat Oct 24th
Nevada AAP Annual Meeting
8:30 AM- 4:00 PM
M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Henderson, NV