Pediatric Updates, Opportunities &
Monday, 7 December 2020 | Issue 32
Dear Chapter Members,

Although it's only early December, my thoughts have turned to New Year's and, more specifically, to making resolutions for 2021 and beyond. I have resolved to prioritize raising the Nevada AAP profile so that state legislators turn to our members for policy input and so that Nevada families look to us to find a pediatrician as well as to find pediatrician-approved parenting advice.

In February, Nevada state law makers will gather (perhaps only virtually) for the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session and the Nevada AAP has resolved to create a handout, for legislators and for the public, that presents our advocacy priorities and recommendations to foster child health and well-being, achieve health equity, eliminate health disparities, optimize lifespan outcomes, strengthen families, support our communities, and enhance the position of Nevada as a leading state for children. Between now and January 1, I encourage all Nevada AAP members to participate in our Chapter Member Survey for setting the 2021 Advocacy Agenda to make your voice heard as to which state legislative issues the Nevada AAP should prioritize.

If you have feedback on the survey or any of the updates, opportunities or events in today's email update, please contact me.

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
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Walk with a Doc
For over 4 years, the Nevada AAP has led in-person Walk with a Doc events to encourage families to learn about pediatric health topics and then go for a walk with doctors in our community. Starting in April 2020, the Nevada AAP temporarily changed our monthly in-person Walk with a Doc events for the Las Vegas and Reno communities into one, state-wide virtual event the second Sunday of every month.

Over the years, all of our walks have been given in English but now, thanks to Nevada AAP E-cigarette Chapter Champion Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP, we are able to also offer quarterly Walk with a Doc events in Spanish.

If you missed it, I encourage you to watch Dr. Cucalon Calderon's talk (available both on our website as well as on our chapter's YouTube channel).

Chapter members wishing to give a future Walk with a Doc talk (in English or Spanish), please email
Camine Con Un Doctor | Nevada Chapter, American Academy...

Dr. Jose Cucalón Calderon presento una breve y amigable presentación sobre el tema de cigarillos electrónicos para niños, adolecentes y padres de familia y tomo preguntas en vivo. Dr. Cucalón Calderon es el campeón de e-cigarillos de La Academia...

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Blog Update
The Nevada AAP Blog gives us an opportunity to take state-wide, national, and international health news and best practices, and focus it specifically on improving pediatric healthcare in Nevada. All chapter members are welcome to contribute!

Since our last email update, the Nevada AAP blog posted an article by Nevada AAP Secretary/Treasurer Mitch Strominger, MD, FAAP on the danger of laser pointer exposure injuries based on cases he's seen in Reno. Please share this post with the families you care for to educate them as to the dangers of laser pointers.

To read all our past blog pieces and to signup to receive instant notifications each time a blog post publishes, visit
Cat Toy Catastrophe

Mitchell Strominger, MD, FAAP

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Free Tickets for Big Shot Award Breakfast
According to the CDC, Nevada has long been a Childhood Vaccination Coverage underperformer, and with Nevada AAP members reporting a 40 - 60% patient volume drop this past spring, it's no wonder that public health officials are worried about an outbreak of vaccine-preventable illness. We must work hard to increase vaccination rates in Nevada.

For this reason, the Nevada AAP is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 Immunize Nevada Virtual Big Shots Awards Breakfast on Friday, December 11 at 9 am. NB: One of last year's awards winners was Nevada AAP member Lillie Hidaji, MD, FAAP!

Our sponsorship comes with a number of free tickets to the virtual event that will be distributed to Nevada AAP members on a first come, first serve basis. To request one of our tickets, please complete this form and then look for a calendar invite invitation from

Learn more about the event at
Nevada AAP @ Virtual Big Shots Awards

The Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 Immunize Nevada Virtual Big Shots Breakfast on Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 9:00 AM. Our sponsorship comes with a number of tickets to the virtual event...

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New Nevada AAP Board
The new Nevada AAP Executive Committee will start their 2-year term on January 15, 2021. They are:

  • President: Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP
  • Vice President/President Elect: Mitch Strominger, MD, FAAP
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Terence McAllister, MD, FAAP
  • Immediate Past President: Pam Greenspon, MD, FAAP

Only a small number of current Committee Directors who form our Board will keep their seats leaving lots of opportunities for new volunteers!

Our Chapter’s current roles and minimal Board requirements are posted on We ask Board members to commit to attending quarterly virtual Board meetings as well as to commit to one deliverable each year. Deliverables can be large, grant-based projects, but they can also be as simple as writing a blog post or speaking at a Walk with a Doc event.

We know how busy our members are and are grateful for even a minimal commitment from our volunteers knowing that each deliverable contributes to improving pediatric outcomes in Nevada.

Get Involved | Nevada Chapter, American Academy of...

The Nevada AAP Executive Committee appoints Committee Directors based on Chapter goals and volunteer interest. No need to wait for our biennial elections; chapter members may apply to fill open Committee Director seats at any time by emailing a...

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AAP and CDC Collaborations
The Nevada AAP is one of the AAP chapters to secure an AAP/CDC Project Firstline Grant to provide education and training on infection prevention and control (IPC) using a new Project Firstline curriculum.

We'll share more details about the curriculum soon, but in the meantime, in a Project Firstline meeting this week, leaders from the AAP and CDC presented many of the IPC issues unique to pediatrics including encouraging children to wear a mask. To that end, we offer this idea: Instead of paying for post-visit stickers and prizes for kids, use those budgeted dollars to offer fun, kid-sized disposable masks to patients upon check in. We found these on Amazon, but there are many others on the market that range in price, design, and size.

In addition, the CDC received inquiries from the public regarding a perceived shortage of flu vaccine and from healthcare providers experiencing difficulty obtaining syringes for vaccine delivery. In response, the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2020-2021 Influenza Season webpage was developed. This site provides insight into the flu vaccine supply, including the total amount purchased, distribution, and types of flu vaccine available. Additionally, the CDC developed a Needle Resource Guide that addresses questions on types of needles to use, questions to ask supply distributors, and contact information for CDC and FDA to report issues or ask technical questions.

AAP Members can access the COVID-19 supply store (including masks and needles) with the AAP Amazon Business Account.
Kids Single Use Disposable Face Mask (Pack of 50)

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Mental Health Consulting for Nevada Pediatricians and their Patients
In the summer of 2019, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was awarded a 5-year grant to develop a Mental Health provider line based on the MCPAP model pioneered in Massachusetts. The aim of the program is to expand programming using telehealth and telephone components into pediatric primary care and psychiatric consultation to empower primary-care providers to provide more robust mental and behavioral health care in the PCP office setting.

The Nevada Pediatric Psychiatry Solutions Provider Line for enrolled physicians is newly open and starting to provide support for PCPs with patients with behavioral health needs.

To learn more and enroll, you must call 775-688-6524. Since it's early days, the Nevada AAP has no knowledge of any members currently enrolled and using the service. If you start using the system, and find it helpful, let us know so we may promote it more widely.
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. 

The Nevada AAP Event Calendar is an ever-changing publicly shared Google calendar that you can import into your personal Google calendar by following this link. When we update the calendar, the new events will appear in your calendar as well. Follow this link to learn more about adding a public Google calendar to yours.

Complete Calendar and Details at

Mon Dec 7th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Infection Prevention: Combatting COVID-19 in Healthcare & Community Settings

Wed Dec 9th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Flu Vaccination for People with Special Healthcare Needs and Disabilities Webinar

Wed Dec 9th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
An Update on Diagnosis and Therapy for Children with Epilepsy

Thu Dec 10th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Responding to the Pandemic of Mental Health Needs

Fri Dec 11th 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Immunize Nevada Awards Breakfast

Fri Dec 11th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Project ECHO -- Complex Pediatrics

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

Mon Dec 14th 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Nevada CARES dollars in ACTION

Fri Jan 1st
Deadline Member Advocacy Survey

Thu Jan 7th 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Members Virtual Mixer

Fri Jan 8th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Youth Suicide Prevention in Nevada

Tue Jan 26th 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Nevada AAP Quarterly Board Meeting

Wed Jan 27th
Due Date for CATCH Program Proposals