Pediatric Updates, Opportunities, &
Thursday, 11 March 2021 | Issue 35
Dear Nevada AAP Members,

Each and every day, our members work to improve pediatric outcomes in Nevada. Today I share just a few highlights of our Members' recent work as well as a few new opportunities for next steps to improve the health of all children in Nevada.

For my part, this week alone was full of virtual opportunities! On Monday and Tuesday, I attended the Nevada Health Conference to promote the CDC's Project Firstline, and yesterday and today, I've been virtually "tabling" at Children's Week at the Nevada Legislature to share our advocacy priorities for 2021 and beyond.

Thank you for being members of the Nevada AAP and for all you do for children in Nevada!

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Public Events

In case you missed them, you can watch and share this past month's virtual events for families from the Nevada AAP.
Blog Update
Since our last email update, the Nevada AAP posted an article by Board Member Oriaku Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd, FAAP on her experience attending the virtual AAP National Conference last Fall.

Dr. Kas' article addresses inclusivity and adolescent sexual health in Nevada and has garnered more social-media impressions than any of our blog posts to date. It's a must read!

The Nevada AAP Blog gives Chapter Members 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!

To read all our past blog pieces or to signup to receive instant notifications each time a blog post publishes, visit
Knowing I Matter, and Letting Patients Know They Matter, Too

Oriaku Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd, FAAP

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"Reducing respiratory risk imperative for public safety."
Congratulations to Nevada AAP Board Member and E-cigarette Chapter Champion Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP for the publication of a critical op-ed in The Nevada Independent.

Working with Nevada AAP advocacy partner The Children's Advocacy Alliance, Dr. Cucalon Calderon and his co-authors make a solid argument for banning smoking in Nevada casinos.

Dr. Cucalon Calderon is also actively working to improve the strength of Nevada's Tobacco 21 laws via AB59. More on that in the article on legislative activities further in this update.
Nevada must double down on clean casino air

Tobacco 21 became federal law in 2020, raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. At the time, 33 states (not including Nevada) had already passed similar legislation. Attorney General Aaron Ford prefiled AB59 in advance...

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Oral Health Handout for Families
Nevada AAP Chapter Oral Health Advocate Larry Hon, DMD has created a fun and informative handout for pediatricians to share with families that explains how to prevent cavities. Our favorite part is Dr. Hon's quote: "Slime and grime make the crime."

Pediatricians and families will find this and other resources on the "Families" page of our website:
New Immunization Representative
The Nevada AAP is almost entirely run by chapter members who volunteer their time and talents. This month we are thrilled to welcome UNLV medical student Crystal Oden to the volunteer role of Nevada AAP Immunization Representative.

Ms. Oden is already hard at work coordinating efforts with advocacy partners including Immunize Nevada. Nevada AAP members interested in supporting Ms. Oden's efforts or wanting to learn more about utilizing Immunize Nevada resources reach out directly to Ms. Oden at

The Nevada AAP is continuously seeking chapter members who want to volunteer for a leadership role. Visit to learn about our reasonable, minimal commitment we ask of our volunteers as well as view open roles currently in need of leadership.
Get Involved | Nevada Chapter, American Academy of...

Scroll down to read about the reasonable, minimal commitment we ask of our Board members in our Board of Directors Leadership Policy. To apply for a Committee Director role, email a statement of interest to .

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March 12: Understanding Eating Disorders Part 1
On the second Friday of every month, Nevada AAP members are welcome to join UNR's Complex Pediatrics Project ECHO featuring Nevada AAP Board Member Kathryn Eckert, MD, FAAP.

This month: Understanding Eating Disorders Part 1.

Learn more and register at
Complex Pediatrics

Project ECHO Second Friday of each month * 12-1 p.m. Next: Friday, March 12, 2021 * - If you would like to submit a case for discussion at this clinic please click on the link below to complete the form. After submitting the form download a copy...

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March 14: Growing up Digital - How it Affects our Kids
For the March 2021 Nevada AAP Walk with a Doc, Nevada AAP Board Member Lillie Hidaji, MD, FAAP will give a brief, family-friendly talk on Growing up Digital: How it Affects our Kids and then take parent questions live.

Please share this flyer with patients and send them to to register for our free, virtual event.
We are about 6 weeks into the 81st (2021) Session of the Nevada Legislature and, although the Legislative Building is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still lots of opportunities for pediatricians to add their voice on bills that impact the health of children in Nevada.

To date, the Nevada AAP has submitted only one bill exhibit, on AB59, but watch for more in the near future.

To learn more about how to virtually participate in the legislative session, utilize this infographic shared with attendees during Children's Week. Nevada AAP members are also welcome to schedule one-on-one advocacy training with Executive Director Leann McAllister. Contact her at 508-685-0918 or
Rethink Your Drink, Nevada
Although primarily a resource for Nevada families, Rethink Your Drink, Nevada also has resource to help doctors stay current with research related to children’s nutritional health.

In addition, there are useful educational resources for medical and dental care offices to share with patients including tearsheets, posters, stickers, and 3D sugary drink models for you to download for free at
Home - Rethink Your Drink

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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. 

Complete Calendar and Details at

Fri Mar 12th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Understanding Eating Disorders Part 1 -- UNR ECHO

Sun Mar 14th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!

Wed Mar 17th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma -- UNR/Renown Pediatric Grand Rounds

Fri Mar 19th
Applications Due: Practice Success in Developmental Surveillance and Screening Interview

Thu Apr 1st
Deadline AAP 2021 Resolutions

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

Mon May 3rd 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Nevada AAP Quarterly Board Meeting

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

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

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