Pediatric Updates, Opportunities &
Monday, 28 December 2020 | Issue 33
Dear Chapter Members,

Today I'm sending one final Chapter Update for 2020 to both celebrate some incredible recent work by chapter members and to (hopefully) inspire you to make New Year's resolutions to engage in chapter opportunities and virtual events scheduled in 2021 starting with a virtual social hour for members on January 7.

Wishing you and your families happy, healthy, and a peaceful New Year!

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
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Nevada AAP Member
Virtual Social

Thursday, January 7, 2021,
5 - 6 pm
No agenda. No speakers. No problem.

Nevada AAP Member Virtual Social Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5 - 6 pm Zoom connection details will be emailed from the Zoom account to registered attendees.

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Caring for All Children in Nevada
In collaboration with the Children's Advocacy Alliance, Randi Lampert, MD, FAAP, Chair of the Nevada AAP Immigrant Health Committee, penned an opinion piece that ran in the Las Vegas Sun title Universal COVID Care Benefits Us All.

A full thirty-six percent of Nevadan children have at least one parent who is an immigrant, one-third of whom are undocumented. Nevada AAP chapter members who care for these children are encouraged to utilize the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Child Tool Kit which details unique screenings and other medical concerns for this population.
Universal COVID care benefits us all

Throughout 156 years of statehood, Nevadans have celebrated shared prosperity. This was true during our frontier days, the building of the Hoover Dam, and the early days of legalized gambling. Nevada was a place where, with initiative and a...

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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 Nicholas Regas, DO, UNLV PL3 Resident and Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Representative to the Nevada AAP Board of Directors on Policy and Reform Recommendations to protect Nevada youth from E-Cigarettes.

To read all our past blog pieces or to signup to receive instant notifications each time a blog post publishes, visit
E-Cigarette Regulation: Protect Nevada's Youth

Nicholas Regas, DO

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Talking with Teens About Suicide
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, our chapter 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 and a Spanish-language walk the third Sunday of every quarter.

The December 2020 Walk featured Dr. Lisa Durette, Program Director of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UNLV School of Medicine, who gave a brief presentation on talking to teens and tweens about suicide. Please encourage the families you care for to watch the replay of this and all our virtual walks at

Nevada AAP WWAD December 2020 Follow Up

Talking to Your Teens and Tweens about Suicide Thanks for a great virtual walk today! Talking to Your Teens and Tweens about Suicide Dear Walkers, Thank you to those of you who joined us live for our

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As many of you will be getting vaccinated in the coming days/weeks, the American Academy of Pediatrics is joining a campaign to raise visibility and promote positive messaging around getting the vaccine.

Please consider sharing photos of yourself or other team members getting vaccinated on the Nevada AAP Twitter feed. While nationwide polling seems to indicate a slight uptick in confidence with regard to the vaccine among the general public, an “I got the shot” type of campaign will reinforce and potentially grow that confidence among your patients and the public.

If you’re willing, get a pic when you are vaccinated and share it with me at - if you share it on your own social media channels, please tag @AAPNevada and use one or more of these hashtags:

Special thanks to chapter member Terence McAllister, MD, FAAP for posting his vaccine photo last week!
Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Grants
The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging members to apply for one of 50 $10,000 grants to improve childhood vaccine coverage and well-child visits.

The P4 Challenge will award $1 million in prizes for innovative approaches to increase access to and utilization of well-child visits and/or immunizations services within primary care settings. Partnerships with state and local organizations are encouraged, and submissions must include a primary care provider who delivers health services to children. Nevada AAP members interested in collaborating with the Chapter on this opportunity should contact Leann McAllister at 508-685-0918.

Submissions will open on January 19 and close on March 15. Visit their website for more information and to sign up for updates.
P4 Challenge: Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to...

Vaccinations and well-child visits help prevent outbreaks of childhood diseases. Recent CDC data show that fewer children got vaccines on time this year compared to last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The P4 Challenge invites applicants...

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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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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

Fri Jan 1st
Deadline Chapter Member Advocacy Survey

Sun Jan 3rd
Scholarship Application Deadline for AAP Power of Media Conference

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

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

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

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

Tue Jan 19th 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Public Meeting: Nevada Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC)

Wed Jan 20th 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Using and Communicating Data to Advance Racial Equity in Early Care and Education Systems

Wed Jan 20th 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
PUBLIC WORKSHOP Nevada Medicaid Services Manual (MSM), Chapter 600 – Physician Services

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

Wed Jan 27th
Due Date for CATCH Program Proposals

Sat - Sun Feb 20th-21st
Harnessing the Power of Traditional and Social Media in Health Care

Thu Apr 1st
Deadline AAP 2021 Resolutions

Sun - Tue Apr 11th-13th
2021 AAP Advocacy Conference