Pediatric Updates, Opportunities &
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 | Issue 37
Dear Nevada AAP Members,

I am excited to share today's member update with you!

Our Chapter has been incredibly involved with advocacy recently, both at the Federal and the State level. In addition, Chapter members are leading the way with virtual events, media interviews, and articles to educate and inspire physician peers and the public alike to improve pediatric outcomes in Nevada.

To get kids ready for summer camps, sports, and school this fall, our Chapter has join the American Academy of Pediatrics in encouraging all parents and guardians to #CallYourPediatrician to get kids caught up on immunizations and well child exams. Please share these videos with your patients to inspire them to get ready!

Take a look at our recent accomplishments in this newsletter and discover the many ways to get involved!

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
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These brief videos were created for the Nevada Chapter by the AAP to encourage parents to #CallYourPediatrican to get kids ready for community activities. Please share with your patients on your in your social media!
Federal Advocacy
Nevada AAP Chapter President Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP met with staff members from the offices of Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen to encourage their support of the bipartisan Strengthening the

Dr. Slots also met with staff of Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) and Nevada AAP Secretary/Treasurer Terence McAllister, MD, FAAP met with Representative Susie Lee (NV-03) herself to encourage their support of the bill. We are so grateful to Rep. Lee for taking the time to speak with us!

Photos from the virtual meetings were shared on Twitter along with the hashtag #AAPAdvocacy2021 as more than 700 pediatricians across the US met with their representatives to encourage the same support.

A detailed sign-on letter from the AAP and a bill one-sheet contain more details about the bill aimed at improving the VFC program.
State Advocacy
The Nevada AAP has been busy giving both verbal and written testimony for a number of State bills that impact pediatric health in Nevada.

Nevada AAP Board member Randi Lampert, MD, FAAP has been especially active during the Nevada legislative session having given testimony on a number of bills important to her. In addition, Dr. Lampert wrote a blog post for our Chapter on the importance of updating Nevada car safety laws (AB118).

Dr. Lampert has taken a leadership role with advocacy groups supporting Nevada SB420,
a bill that revises provisions relating to health insurance including creating a public option. Dr. Lampert gave testimony and co-authored an opinion piece on the bill that ran in The Nevada Independent.

To date, the Nevada AAP has not taken an advocacy position on SB420 and we want to hear form members what you think. If you have an opinion, either for, against, or neutral, please contact Executive Director Leann McAllister at or on her cell 508-685-0918. Dr. Lampert invites physicians who support SB420 to sign onto this letter urging members of the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Sisolak to Pass the Public Option.

A complete list of state bills we've taken advocacy action on so far this session are below:

AB59 Revises various provisions relating to tobacco

AB118 Revises provisions relating to the transportation of children in motor vehicles

AB141 Revises provisions relating to the sealing of records for summary evictions

AB143 Establishes provisions concerning victims of human trafficking

AB189 Expands Medicaid coverage for postpartum care and other services for pregnant women

AB191 Requires the State Plan for Medicaid to include coverage for the services of a community health worker under certain circumstances

AB197 Revises provisions relating to persons experiencing homelessness

AB257 Establishes provisions governing indoor air quality in public schools

AB286 Prohibits certain acts relating to firearms

AB287 Providing for the licensing and regulating of freestanding birthing centers

SB139 Requires certain health insurance to cover treatment of certain conditions relating to gender dysphoria

SB190 Provides for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives

SB275 Revises provisions relating to communicable diseases
The Time Has Come to Update Nevada Car Safety Laws for...

Randi Lampert, MD, FAAP

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How to use NELIS (Nevada Electronic Legislative...

The Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS) is a great way to stay informed and participate in the Nevada Legislative Process! Nevada Advoca...

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Just today, the AAP published it's official policy on COVID-19 Vaccines in Children and Adolescents. In the policy, the AAP recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 12 years of age and older who do not have contraindications using a COVID-19 vaccine
authorized for use for their age. 

For AAP members interested in learning more about COVID including how to administer the vaccine at your practice, the Academy offers a number of resources including an ongoing Town Hall Series.

For patients, the AAP has published a number of helpful articles on for doctors to share with families. All pages on are also available in Spanish.

Here in Nevada, Nevada AAP Immediate Past President: Pam Greenspon, MD, FAAP has given a number of recent press interviews encouraging patients to #CallYourPediatrican to talk about the COVID vaccine and the importance of getting kids caught up on well exams.

We need your help! Please take 1 minute to fill out this brief, 6 question survey only for Nevada Physicians and Medical Providers on COVID vaccines for kids.
Survey of Nevada Physicians and Medical Providers on...

Survey of Nevada Physicians and Medical Providers on COVID vaccines for kids This is a survey of Nevada physicians and medical providers asking about their thoughts on COVID vaccinations for adolescents. Please only complete this survey if you...

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Parents advised to plan vaccines, doctor's visits for...

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Parents across Nevada are advised to plan now, ahead of the federal government's authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for minors 12 to 15-year-olds, to help plan for summer activities and the return of school in the fall.

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Nevada health officials hope to get more health...

The latest strategy to get Nevadan’s vaccinated against COVID-19 may meet you at your next check-up. In a meeting with Nevada’s Covid-19 Response Team Wednesday, health officials elaborated on the switch in efforts that could make the Covid shot...

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Teen Resilience and Substance Abuse
Nevada AAP E-cigarette Chapter Champion Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP joined a panel of local experts to talk about teens who have turned to substances to help them cope with anxiety and depression.

In Nevada, even before COVID-19 there was a more than 45% increase in teens reporting they have used e-cigarettes (or vape) from 2017 to 2019.

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UNR Project ECHO
On the second Friday of every month, Nevada AAP members are welcome to join UNR's Complex Pediatrics Project ECHO (registration required).

May 14 @ Noon: Reducing the Spread of Infectious Respiratory Illness in the Clinical Setting featuring Nevada AAP Chapter President Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP

June 11 @ Noon: Lead Poisoning Update featuring Nevada AAP Board Member Kathryn Eckert, MD, FAAP
MAY 15: Lead by Example
Must register by midnight before the event. FREE CME

Learn How to be a Nevada Pediatrician or Pediatric Nurse that Leads by Example to Stop the Spread of Respiratory Illness to protect everyone, especially the medically fragile, by utilizing the CDC's Project Firstline

CME Presented by Nevada AAP Member Rutu Ezhuthachan MD, MMM, FAAP, Medical Director at UnitedHealthcare Nevada.
May 16: Camine con un Doctor
For Spanish-speaking families.

Enfermera Practicante Laura Dykins hablara acerca de como usar la campaña “Muévete a tu Manera” para mantenernos sanos. 

¡Entre para ganar un pase de America the Beautiful del Servicio de Parques Nacionales! Todos los padres que proporcionen una pregunta a nuestra presentadora durante la registración de nuestro evento serán incluidos para participar para ganar.

Todos los padres que proporcionen una pregunta recibirán un libro para colorear de la Academia Americana de Pediatría para su hijo o hija.
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success
The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.
The online course features two tracks; the 19-23 month old track and the adolescent track with data collection activities specific to each population. The course, free to AAP members, is eligible for PI CME, NAPNAP, MOC Part 2, and MOC Part 4 credits. Additional course information is available here.
For rural health care providers that are non-AAP members and interested in taking this immunization course, contact Melissa Ponce at by June 15, 2021 to have the course fee waived.
Stay home. Connect virtually!
Although we are all practicing "social distancing", there are still many 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

Thu May 13th 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
AAP Connecting with the Experts: A COVID Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Fri May 14th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Reducing the Spread of Infectious Respiratory Illness in the Clinical Setting

Sat May 15th 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Lead by Example

Sun May 16th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Camine Con Un Doctor

Tue - Wed, May 18th-19th
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Trends Virtual Course

Wed - Thu, May 19th-20th
AAP Career Fair

Wed May 19th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Pediatric Thromboembolism

Tue - Wed, May 25th-26th
2021 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Training Course

Tue Jun 8th
Applications Due: Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship

Sun Jun 13th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!

Mon Aug 9th 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Nevada AAP Quarterly Board Meeting

Sat Oct 23rd
Nevada AAP Annual Meeting & CME