2018 - April Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2
Spring is in the air and flowers are blooming.  The Chapter has a number of great Spring time activities. Our 29 th Annual Pediatrics Symposium is blooming on April 28.  One of our speakers is Mark Del Monte from the AAP Federal Advocacy Office in Washington D.C.  Mark will be updating us on AAP Advocacy efforts at the Federal level and how Pediatricians can support these efforts.  MOC affects all Pediatricians and we have Buzz Land from the American Board of Pediatrics updating us on current offerings from ABP.  Most importantly, Buzz wants to hear from Pediatricians about their concerns about MOC and wants to take back any suggestions to ABP. We will have a Poster Session with our young Residents and Medical Students to support them as they spring forward on their Pediatric Careers.  We have topics on food allergies, social media, wellness, and the joys of Pediatrics. We are going to have a blooming good time, so join us for this exciting and educational Symposium - and our inaugural Friday evening Reception!
As Spring was arriving, the Chapter Leadership attended the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) in Chicago.  The Chapter was one of three Very Large Chapters nominated for the Outstanding Chapter Award. Unfortunately, AAP-CA2 didn't win the Outstanding Chapter Award which was won by the Georgia Chapter.  Nonetheless, California Chapter 2 was recognized on a National level for all the good work we do in the areas of Advocacy, Town Hall Meetings, Resident Involvement, and Collaboration with outside agencies.  ALF is about resolutions which help guide National AAP Leadership. Our own Spring Flower Paula Whiteman has done it again by having the Number 1 ALF Resolution related to keeping Schools Gun Free Zones. Paula's term as our Chapter Forum Management Committee Representative has ended, and Paula has done a phenomenal job as CFMC.  The Chapter sends out many thanks to Paula for all her dedication, commitment, and resolutions.
Finally, don't forget about our Town Hall meetings in Westwood, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles which are leading up to our 29 th Annual Pediatric Symposium.  Anyone who attends any of those Town Halls can receive a discounted Registration Fee for the Annual Pediatric Symposium. Get Chapter Spring fever and join us at a Town Hall and the Symposium!
P.S. It's Spring Time so don't forget to smell the flowers.
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2018 Symposium
The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium 

RECEPTION: The 2018 Advances in Pediatrics will kick-off with a Reception on Friday evening, supported by Abbott Nutrition. Meet the professors and network with Chapter and AAP National leadership.  

SYMPOSIUM: The Symposium begins on Sat
urday morning with mindfulness for clinicians, a line-up of eight phenomenal speakers, abstract displays from pediatric residents and medical students, plus exhibits.  
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  Friday Evening 
|   All Day Saturday, April 28  
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Michael T. Brady, MD, FAAP


Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, Med., FAAP


Melinda J. Braskett, MD

Marshall "Buzz" L. Land Jr., MD, FAAP


Mark Del Monte, JD


Edward Curry, MD, FAAP

Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP


ALF 2018 
March 15-18, ALF in Schaumburg, IL

Delegates from every AAP Chapter, Council, Section, and Committee gathered in Schaumburg (30 miles NW of Chicago), IL for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) to discuss 82 resolutions. Academy members' innovative ideas are presented at ALF in the form of a resolution. These resolutions are submitted in advance to the National AAP for consideration and debate during the ALF. Chapter leadership speak to the resolution's intent and stand to the microphone in support or opposition as each one is discussed. All voting members (each Chapter's president and VP as well as the chairperson from each Council, Section, and Committee) vote electronically as tabulated results are displayed on the screen... with the resulting celebration, as 15 out of 16 District IX resolutions were adopted this year. On the last day, voting members ranked the list of adopted resolutions to create the AAP 2018 ALF top 10 list, three of which were submitted by our Chapter. Read more about it in the CFMC Report (next section below).

District IX Chapter Forum Management Committe 
2018 Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) REPORT
Paula Whiteman
Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP 

Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
2015 - 18 Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) took place March 15-18, 2018 in Schaumburg, IL. Chapter leaders and chairpersons of Committees, Councils, and Sections met to discuss 82 resolutions, including four late resolutions.
Representing District IX, there were 22 attendees composed of the leadership and executive directors of the four CA chapters, as well as members of our district on various committees, councils, and sections. Please read the full 2018 ALF Report
In The Community  
March 28, Town Hall in Torrance

Local pediatricians gathered at Harbor Regional Center for the fifth Town Hall on "Best Practices in Developmental Screening - An Inside Look", sponsored by First 5 LA.

Guest speaker Sonia Desikan, MD, MPH, FAAP (Image: Bottom right) provided an overview of the most used screening tools, as well as billing processes. Harbor Regional Center (HRC) staff Ahoo Sharif Sahba, MD (Image: Top Right) discussed Early Start and Eligibility Criteria. Also staff at HRC, clinical geneticist Sri Moedjono, MD, FACMG (Image: Top center) closed the evening by presenting interesting genetic cases, the care received at the Regional Center and their long term outcomes.

These events provide 1.5 hrs of CME credit. Be sure to attend the next one on April 18 in Los Angeles.

March 29, HPV QI Learning Session, in Pasadena

Practices met at The Maxwell House in Pasadena on March 29 for the kick-off of the latest MOC Part 4 QI Project. The HPV Series Completion QI Project is aimed at improving vaccine series completion in 11 and 12 year olds. Participants obtained baseline data from 40 patients, and will pull 10 consecutive charts monthly for 5 months to track progress. Data will be uploaded onto QIDA (AAP's Quality Improvement Data Aggregator) to track progress and produce run charts. This project is funded by a grant from the National AAP. Training and facilitation was conducted by Chapter QI leaders, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP; Priyanka Fernandes, MBBS, MPH, FAAP; Gifty Ntim, MD, MPH, FAAP; and Paul Round, DO, FAAP.

Member Spotlight

Christopher Landon, MD, FAAP  
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice and Pediatrics, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - USC and UCLA 
AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large 
Congratulations to Dr. Chris Landon for his philanthropic work treating children in Ecuador.
"Doc brings a wealth of experience, healing and kindness with him everywhere he goes and children here will benefit from the connections we made through our Team..."
Expect Intelligence
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Immigrant Health Initiative - IHI 

Advocating for Immigrant Children: Join the AAP-CA2 Immigrant Health Initiative!
Join the AAP-CA2 chapter Immigrant Health Initiative (IHI)! The IHI will be a dynamic local network for advocacy, education and mentorship for chapter members caring for our diverse immigrant children. We will also partner with the national AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group to engage in national advocacy campaigns and share resources for promoting immigrant health.
Click here to join the IHI!
We'll be in touch shortly with our first meeting details!
AAP-CA2 EVENTS -  Save The Dates!
April 10 in Westwood -  Town Hall / Dinner 6:30-8:30 PM
Join AAP-CA2 Treasurer Corinn Cross, MD, FAAP as she hosts an evening of professional development and
Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP 
networking, with guest speaker Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP
Calming Reflex - A Strategy to Boost Sleep, Soothe Colic and Prevent Postpartum Depression and SUID.  
Tuesday, April 10 in Westwood at 6:30 PM 
Napa Valley Grille in Westwood
1100 Glendon Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JcGExfr234u 
Last chance to RSVP for this event.  
Best Practices in Developmental Screening - An Inside Look (Town Hall) 
An inside look, from the systematic approach of Regional Center clinicians and therapists, to strategies used by local pediatricians. Funded by First 5 Los Angeles.  
April 18 in Los Angeles -  Town Hall / Dinner 6:30-8:30 PM

This event will take place in Los Angeles at TAIX FRENCH RESTAURANT to encompass the service areas of Lanterman Regional  Center, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center, and South Central Los Angeles Regional Center. 
Lanterman Regional Center clinician Leslie Richard, MD, FAAP and special guests(Therapists) will discuss best practices in developmental screening, clinical cases and the referral process. This event will begin at 6:30 PM (Dinner and Lecture).
CME Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Leslie Richard, MD, FAAP
Wednesday, April 18 in
Los Angeles at 6:30 PM 
LOCATION: Taix French Restaurant 1911 W. Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026    
Speaker: Leslie Richard, MD, FAAP 
April 19 in San Bernardino -  Town Hall / Dinner 6:30-9 PM
Please Save the Date of April 19th from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm for a
free Town Hall Dinner event hosted by First 5 San Bernardino (F5SB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2)!
We will be exploring "Best Practices in Developmental Screening" and look forward to hearing from AAP-CA2, Inland Regional Center, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) with SART, the Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence (AACE) and Loma Linda University Children's Hospital with Help Me Grow.  We would love for you and your staff to join us!  Our expected audience is physicians, administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, family, health care and community resource specialists, etc. 
A dialogue amongst partners that addresses new and innovative approaches to conducting developmental screenings, integrated behavioral health services and even transformative practice will be so beneficial to us all as well as our children and families.  It is going to be an exciting, informative evening - please do join us!
Thursday, April 19 in San Bernardino at 6:30 PM  
LOCATION: First 5 San Bernardino | 735 E Carnegie Dr #150, San Bernardino, CA 92408
March/April/May - Grand Rounds Lecture on Suicide
It is Time to Open our Eyes! As pediatricians and health professionals working with children and adolescents, little attention is given in training or ongoing education to the third leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds and second leading cause of death in 15-34 year olds - SUICIDE. This presentation is to raise your awareness and give an overview of the scope of the problem and associated risk factors. An extensive list of resources will be provided for further training, referrals, and to use as resources professionally or personally.
Topic: "It is Time to Open Our Eyes - Suicide Risk with a Focus on the Pediatric and Adolescent Population"
Speaker: Susan Igdaloff, MD, FAAP
4/10 CHLA - Clinical Services; Non-physician Staff  (12 PM) 
4/23 Citrus Valley Medical Center; Pediatric Department Conference (12P)  
5/2 Riverside Community Hospital (12:30 PM)

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The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sheraton Universal Hotel

 April 16 & 17 in Santa Barbara

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 May 18 at CHLA  CHLA logo

Please RSVP to Kelly Clancy at kclancy@chla.usc.edu


Statewide  Advocacy
Please visit the AAP-CA website for more information on the most current Advocacy Priorities and High Priority Bills list for the 2017-2018 Session.

AAP-CA2 Video: We Are The AAP-CA Chapter 2 -  2017

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