Pediatric Updates, Opportunities &
Thursday, 5 November 2020 | Issue 31
Dear Chapter Members,

Forgive the gap between member updates, but I was somewhat distracted planning for and implementing a 9-hour virtual annual meeting at the end of October. Thank you to those of you who joined us! I believe we met our goal of making us all feel connected, across the state of Nevada, even though we were only seeing each other on a computer screen.

While I was distracted, chapter members were busy continuing work on projects, some of which are updated for you here today. Scroll down to learn of the great work and opportunities by and for pediatricians in Nevada!

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
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Conference talk recordings are available online.

Although to claim CME attendees had to be registered ahead of time and attend the talks live, we welcome everyone to watch the educational recordings from our virtual Annual Meeting & CME on October 24.
Blog Updates
Since our last email update, two new blog posts were published on our website.

The first, published on October 15 by Nevada AAP Chapter President Pam Greenspon, MD, presented the role pediatricians play in advocating for kids, especially during an election. The piece is worth a look, especial now as it provides information on how to look up if your vote was recorded in Nevada.

The second, published just today by Nevada AAP Immigrant Health Committee Chair Randi Lampert, MD, presents information she learned about fighting racism while attending the AAP national virtual conference in early October. The piece ties research and data to what's happening here in Nevada.

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! To read all our past blog pieces and to signup to receive instant notifications each time a blog post publishes, visit
Kids Can't Vote, so Pediatricians Must Advocate for Kids

Pam Greenspon, MD, FAAP

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A Call to Action in Nevada: Fighting Racism

A Call to Action in Nevada: Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity

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Nevada PTA Virtual Town Hall - Child & Youth Health
On Tuesday, October 27, Nevada AAP Executive Director Leann McAllister spoke on a live panel led by the Nevada PTA addressing child & youth health in Nevada. Also on the panel were leaders from Immunize Nevada and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance.

The recording of the panel can be viewed on YouTube here and on the Nevada AAP YouTube Channel.
2020 Nevada Children's Report Card
On Monday, November 2nd, the Children's Advocacy Alliance (CAA) released its annual Nevada Children's Report Card with a Facebook Live event.

The report gathers and analyzes data to better understand how our state is taking care of children in the areas of health, safety, education, and economic well-being. The CAA utilizes the data to advocate with state and federal elected officials.

As reported to Nevada AAP members in the last email update, the Nevada AAP has been awarded a grant to collaborate with CAA on how best to keep kids connected to care during COVID. Chapter members are encouraged to review the 2020 report card and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Technical Assistance Available from the AAP Distant Care Project
As part of the “Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care” project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering free technical assistance to pediatric health professionals on the following topics:
  • Implementation of telehealth and distant care services in pediatric practice
  • Implementation of telehealth and teleconsultation for behavioral/mental health services
  • Use of telehealth to support adolescent health promotion
  • Use of telehealth for children and youth with special health care needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities, and medical complexities
  • Use of telehealth in pediatric practices serving rural and underserved communities

Technical assistance services can include connection to tools and resources and subject matter experts. Email for technical assistance requests. Please note, the AAP does not endorse or support the use of any specific telehealth technology and does not provide technical assistance on the use of any one specific telehealth technology.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Seeking Policy Input for AAP Section on Breastfeeding
The AAP Section on Breastfeeding is seeking an Early Career member with an interest in writing AAP policy. The SOBr seeks to submit an intent to develop a statement regarding Postpartum Depression in the Breastfeeding Mother.
AAP policy statements are organizational principles to guide and define the child health care system and/or improve the health of all children.
As a co-author you will work closely with the lead author, Dr Natasha Sriraman, to:
  • Conduct a comprehensive up-to-date literature review on the topic to be addressed,
  • Draft the Intent,
  • Draft the document/policy,
  • Review and incorporate comments received throughout the review and approval process.
  • Discuss results of the literature review and peer review with the full Section on Breastfeeding Executive Committee and complete statement.
Time commitment will vary between 1-15 hours per month. Policy development process from start to finish is 2-years.
If you are interested in co-authoring this statement, please submit a brief biosketch and current CV to Ngozi Onyema-Melton at by Friday, November 13thApplicant selected or confirmed by Lead Author and section Chairperson.
Check out the AAP Volunteer Network for other opportunities to lead, engage, and enhance your career. Visit AAP member login is required.
Early Career Leadership Projects Poster Hall
The 7th annual Young Physicians Leadership Alliance (YPLA) session was held virtually on October 2, 2020, during which the graduating class of 21 early career physicians members presented posters on their independent leadership projects. Presented by the Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP), the YPLA is a 2-year training program designed to develop leadership skills and establish a network of early career pediatric leaders. Through interactive forums and small group coaching, expert faculty guide participants through an exploration of their own leadership capacity, learning about leadership principles, behaviors, and tools that can help them achieve their personal and professional goals. At the center of their personal growth, YPLA participants focus on an independent leadership project. This project is intended to provide experiential learning; they are opportunities for members to apply learnings and put skills into practice.​

Over the past 8 months, as priorities shifted in our country, these members demonstrated​ incredible resilience as they pivoted, reimagined, and sometimes completely overhauled these projects. Many rose above leadership challenges for their betterment of their community - whether it was their practice, institution, or the Academy. The leadership they demonstrated in the toughest of circumstances was extraordinary.

Academy members are invited to the Early Career Leadership Project Poster Hall to celebrate our graduates, view their posters, and learn more about their projects.

To learn more about the YPLA, visit the SOECP website. Application submissions for faculty for the 2021-2023 class of the YPLA will open December 2020 and will be due January 31, 2021. Applications for the 2021-2023 class of the YPLA will open January 2021 and be due February 28, 2021.
AAP Partnership with Amazon—Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Supplies Access
The AAP is dedicated to helping in every way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the AAP partnered with Amazon to offer a special business account so AAP members that do not currently have an account with supply store access can purchase PPE quickly and easily. Members will get premier access to Amazon’s wide product selection, competitive prices, and special access to COVID-19 supplies. In addition, members receive FREE shipping on orders over $25.
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 Nov 6th
DEADLINE: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Phase 3

Sun Nov 8th, 10:00 AM
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!

Mon Nov 9th
Deadline: Nominations for Immunize Nevada Outstanding Clinician

Wed Nov 11th, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Children's Hospital Colorado Virtual Conference

Fri Nov 13th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
What You Need to Know: A Conversation on Youth Homelessness and COVID-19 in Southern Nevada

Fri Nov 13th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Project ECHO -- Complex Pediatrics
For Physicians -- FREE CME -- Featuring Nevada AAP Member Kathryn Eckert, MD, FAAP
Topic: Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescent

Sun Nov 15th, 10:00 AM
El humo es para los dragones, ¿verdad?

Mon Nov 16th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Nevada Screening: Unbreathable -- The Fight For Healthy Air

Wed - Sat Nov 18th-21st
Second Annual Nevada Sickle Cell Symposium

Wed Nov 18th, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
2020 Nevada Policy Forum: Enhancing Cancer Survivorship Through Research and Innovation

Thu Nov 19th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers: Mount Sinai

Fri Nov 20th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Be The Solution: Youth Homelessness and Anti-racism in Southern Nevada