Pediatric Updates, Opportunities, &
Monday, 8 February 2021 | Issue 34
Dear Chapter Members,

The 2021 Nevada Legislative Session has begun and the Nevada AAP is proud to share with you our Advocacy Blueprint, a 4-page PDF designed to help members who want to speak with their state legislatures about the issues chapter members said were a priority in our member survey in December. If you are new to state advocacy and would like some one-on-one training, please contact me by email or on my cell and we'll set up a time to chat about how to advocate virtually in Nevada this session.

Speaking of email addresses, I have a new one -- and many of you may need a new one as well. The AAP has decided to end the ‘vanity’ email re-direct benefit that allows users to have the appearance of an AAP email address while redirecting messages behind the scenes to another address of their choice. This benefit was not being utilized significantly and the subsequent cost to the AAP was not justified.

Please update your address books with my new email address:

Be well,


Leann D. McAllister, Executive Director
Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Cell 508-685-0918
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Blueprint for Children

A State Child Health Policy Agenda 2021 and Beyond
Advocacy | Nevada Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

A State Child Health Policy Agenda 2021 and Beyond Priorities and recommendations to foster child health and well-being, achieve health equity, eliminate health disparities, optimize lifespan outcomes, strengthen families, support our...

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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, “I got the shot” campaigns from the APP are reinforcing and potentially growing 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 Twitter feed, please tag @AAPNevada and use one or more of these hashtags:

Special thanks to Chapter President Vanessa Slots, MD, FAAP for posting her vaccine photo!
Minority Health and Equity Coalition
Nevada AAP Board Member Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP was one of several amazing public health advocates to participate in the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition COVID-19 PSA and video series covering health disparities and vaccines.

View and share Dr. Cucalon Calderon's and other videos by Nevada AAP members found on our Chapter YouTube Channel.
Blog Update
Since our last email update, the Nevada AAP blog posted an article by Kiran Chahal, DO, UNLV PL2 Resident and Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Representative to the Nevada AAP Board of Directors on the one-minute ASQ Suicide Screen the AAP recommends at all tween and teen well exams.

Dr. Chahal's blog piece has been especially helpful in responding to national press directing attention to the Clark County youth suicide rate. In fact, the AAP recently commended our Chapter for its use of this blog piece and other resources on our Chapter Twitter Feed in response to sometimes misleading or incomplete media attention to this significant issue.

To read all our past blog pieces or to signup to receive instant notifications each time a blog post publishes, visit
Take One Minute to Save a Life

Kiran Chahal, DO

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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!
In the News
On Wednesday, February 3, Nevada AAP member Rebecca Meyers, MD, FAAP appeared on Las Vegas Fox 5 to talk about the critical importance of opening schools which are fundamental to child and adolescent development.

As yet, the Nevada AAP has not been able to local an online video of Dr. Meyers' interview, but when we do we'll add it to the In the News section of our website.
From time to time, journalists reach out to the Nevada AAP seeking a pediatrician to interview. Nevada AAP chapter members who wish to join our media spokesperson list are encouraged to email to learn more.
Advocacy Scholarship
The Nevada AAP is excited to offer scholarships for chapter members to attend the 2021 virtual AAP Advocacy Conference 04/11-13/2021.

We are pleased to offer full scholarships to cover the entire "early bird" cost to attend. All members, including students, are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship application deadline is February 14, 2021. The candidates selected will be notified by February 23 to enable each winner to take advantage of discounts offered for Early Bird Registration which closes on February 28, 2021.

Scholarship Application -- Deadline February 14

for the 2021 AAP Advocacy Conference 04/11/2021-04/13/2021 Virtual Event Details:

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LGBTQ in Nevada
The AAP is celebrating the nomination of Rachel Levine, MD, FAAP, for assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Levine is the secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and received the 2020 AAP Child Health Advocate Award in recognition for her commitment to the health and well-being of children and families. Dr. Levine, whose role would require Senate approval, would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.

Here in Nevada, our Chapter is currently working on a few projects to support the unique health needs of LGBTQ youth. Sadly, many LGBTQ youth and parents report hostility at medical appointments. Chapter Members who are willing to appear on a list of LGBTQ-friendly providers should complete this short form.
Representation Matters: If confirmed, Dr. Levine would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.
LGBTQ-Friendly Provider

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The Power of Doctors to Influence Vaccination Rates
There's a lot happening on the immunization front!

First, if you missed it, we highly recommend watching the January 15 episode of Nevada Week which featured a panel of Nevada vaccine leaders talking about distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in Nevada.

On the episode, one of the panelists mentioned studies that show most patients trust the recommendation of their doctor and want to hear their doctor's strong recommendation for all vaccines on
the immunization schedule. Your strong recommendations for vaccines matter!

As AAP members, you have access to a number of Academy resources designed to help you face vaccine hesitancy in your practice. In addition, providers in Nevada can order free practice materials (stickers, fact cards, handouts) from Immunize Nevada on their website.
One of the resources available now is the recently revised EQIPP immunization course, free for members and for some non-members in rural areas (contact Melissa Ponce at to have your course fee waived through the Supporting Pediatricians to Improve HPV and Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates Initiative). The course is eligible for PI CME, NAPNAP, MOC Part 2, and MOC Part 4 credits. Additional course information is available here.
Last, but not least, the Nevada AAP joined fellow AAP Chapters and other advocacy partners to send a joint-letter to federal congressional leaders urging them to increase federal funding to states to support efforts to increase immunization rates for recommended vaccines across all ages. Download and read the entire letter here.
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

Tue Feb 9th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Social Media Interventions and Vaccine Hesitancy

Wed Feb 10th
DUE DATE: 2021 Advocacy Training Grants

Wed Feb 10th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
What To Do When Baby Has A BRUE
UNR/Renown Grand Rounds
Presented By: David A. Gremse, MD, FAAP, FACG

Fri Feb 12th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Syncope and POTS in Children and Adolescents
UNR Project ECHO -- Complex Pediatrics
For Physicians -- FREE CME -- Featuring Nevada AAP Member Kathryn Eckert, MD, FAAP

Sun Feb 14th
Chapter Scholarship Deadline: AAP Advocacy Conference

Sun Feb 14th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
FREE Walk with a Doc -- KIDS TIME!
For Families -- Free -- Second Sunday of Every Month

Mon Feb 15th
Deadline NVPHTC 2020 Health Equity Needs Assessment Survey
The Nevada Public Health Training Center (NVPHTC) invites Nevada AAP members to participate in Nevada’s 2020 Health Equity Needs Assessment

Wed Feb 17th 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Using and Communicating Data to Advance Racial Equity in Early Care and Education Systems

Thu Feb 18th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Vaccine-Based Prevention of Meningococcal B Disease
Special Free CME for Nevada AAP from Boston University

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

Sat Feb 20th 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
2021 Practical Dermatology Pearls for the Pediatric Practitioner
Earn up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Sun Feb 28th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Camine Con Un Doctor
Free for Nevada Families

Mon Mar 1st
Nominations Due for 2021 SOID Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases

Mon Mar 8th
Due Date for Dr S. Michael Marcy Visiting Professor Program

Mon - Tue Mar 8th-9th
2021 Nevada Health Conference

Thu Apr 1st
Deadline AAP 2021 Resolutions

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