2017 - March Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2

Welcome to the March 2017 edition of our monthly e-Newsletter.

On February 28th, all 57 Chapter Leaders converged in Washington D.C. for an AAP Federal Advocacy Day.  The goal of this day was to advocate for children's health issues.  The top agenda item was protecting Medicaid, or Medi-Cal in California.  In California, 97% of children have health care insurance with 5.2 million children receiving Medi-Cal.  One legislative proposal is to cut Medicaid funding or change funding to block grants for states.  Either of these proposals would significantly decrease the number of children who would receive healthcare.  In addition, any ACA repeal or repair proposal would have similar effects on children's healthcare, particularly those with special healthcare needs. 

AAP-CA2 President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, at the United States Capitol.

All Chapter leaders met with their respective House of Representatives Member and State Senators. We shared our concerns about potential Medicaid cuts, along with issues relating to immigrants and immunizations. I was able to meet with District 31 Legislative Health Aide for Pete Aguilar and all four California Chapter Presidents met with the Chief of Staff for Senator Diane Feinstein. Both offices are very supportive of continuing Medi-Cal in its current form and understand how changing the ACA will affect children. What they would like from the AAP is to amplify our voice with all our chapter members reaching out to their Member in the House of Representatives; focusing on stories about how this change will have devastating effects on children's healthcare.  

(Pictured left to right) Marsha Spitzer, MD, FAAP, Vice President, AAP-CA3 (San Diego); David Granet, MD, FAAP, member of the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs; Kris Calvin, MA, CEO AAP-CA; Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, AAP CEO/Executive Vice President; Mark Del Monte, JD, Chief Deputy, AAP Senior Vice President of Advocacy and External Affairs; Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP, President, AAP-CA1, Jacques-Emmanuel Corriveau, MD, FAAP, Chair of the AAP-CA State Government Affairs Committee; and Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, President, AAP-CA2

In the Chapter 2 service area, we have a few key Republican Members of the House of Representatives including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Children's healthcare is a nonpartisan issue.  Over the next few months as legislation is proposed, the Chapter will be reaching out to our members to contact their House of Representatives Members with specific talking points protecting all children's health. Our goal is to make sure children's healthcare is not an unintended consequence of these potential changes to Medi-Cal or ACA.  The AAP at the National, State, and Chapter levels remains on point advocating for optimal physical, mental and social well being for all children.

Finally, I encourage everyone to join us at our  Advances in Pediatrics Symposium  on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in which advocacy issues will be discussed, as well as how Pediatricians can be advocates for children.
Thank you again for supporting our Chapter. 


Edward Curry M.D.  F.A.A.P
President, AAP-CA2

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Member Spotlight
Diane Cullinane, MD, FAAP
New Book Published - Video

Last month's Spotlight featured a brief article on Diane Cullinane, MD, FAAP, highlighting the recent publishing of her new book,  Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, a Developmental Approach Published by Norton Publishers  ( click to see the book).

We now bring you the video editorial. Just click the image on the left to watch it.

Dr. Diane Cullinane is co-founder and executive director of  Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA), located in Pasadena,  and is available on a limited basis for assessments and consultation.

AAP-CA2 Representative Attended Reception Hosted by CAPP

AAP-CA is a member of Californians Allied for Patient Protection ( CAPP), which is a coalition to protect MICRA (Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act) to keep malpractice premiums affordable and preserve access for high-risk patients.
CAPP hosted a reception in honor of Assembly Member Laura Friedman. She spoke about her thoughts on health care and experiences as a cancer survivor. She was very appreciative for the doctors who cared for her in particular and the medical system in general. She feels that high quality health care is a priority issue, as well as accessibility.
There were representatives from various organizations including: CA Academy of Family Physicians, CA Nurse-Widwives Association, CA Optometric Association, CA Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Cooperative of American Physicians, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and AAP-CA.

On left, California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman posing with Dr. Paula Whiteman. Assemblymember Friedman represents the 43rd Assembly District (Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada).
Image on right,  Dr. Whiteman with two representatives from the California Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Samuel Huang (wearing a blue tie) and Dr. Dan Pio (wearing a gray tie).

Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP is the Chapter Forum Management Committee (CFMC) Representative for District IX (CA) and AAP-CA2 Immediate Past President.
Quality Improvement - Initiatives That Improve Patient Care - 50 Points MOC Part 4

Last Chance for practices to engage in Quality Improvement.
 Earn 50 points of MOC Part 4 credit.

AAP-CA2 is finalizing the recruitment phase for practices to participate in a Quality Improvement Project aimed at improving all immunizations in children under 2 years of age. The last day to join is March 15th.  The first of two in-person Learning Sessions will take place on  Saturday, April 1, 2017,  in Pasadena. Are you interested in participating? Please click the button below.

In The Community
February 8th in Woodland Hills

AAP-CA2 Member At Large, Ken Saul, MD, FAAP hosted a Town Hall at Maggiano's of Woodland Hills on February 8th. CHLA Gastroenterologist Danny Thomas, MD presented the topic: "When It Isn't Just Physiologic Jaundice". Dr. Thomas is Medical Director of Liver and Intestinal Transplant, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine. Following the feature presentation, Dr. Saul engaged the audience as usual, beginning with his Sports Trivia, and culminating with topics of interest and controversy. This event was generously sponsored by CHLA.

February 10th in San Gabriel

AAP-CA2 Executive Director Tomás Torices, MD met with leadership from  211 LA County to learn about their services, most importantly those related to screening of children with suspected developmental delays.  211 LA County Executive Director Maribel Marin, MA explained how among the various services offered to families, 211 LA County provides developmental screening over the telephone utilizing special software, and take the next steps of care coordination and follow-up with all parties involved: families, referring providers, and specialized services, keeping clinicians informed of the progress and outcome of their patients. Patricia Herrera, MS, Director of Developmental Screening and Care Coordination is available to discuss their services with pediatricians practicing in Los Angeles County. This service is offered at no cost. Patricia Herrera may be reached via telephone or email. Her contact information is provided below.

(From Left) Tomas Torices, MD, AAP-CA2 Executive Director; Maribel Marin, MA - 211 LA County Executive Director; and Patricia Herrera, MS, 211 LA County  Director, Developmental Screening & Care Coordination.

For more information, or to set-up the process to have your patients screened by 211 LA County, please contact:
Patricia Herrera M.S. | Director, Developmental Screening & Care Coordination
211 LA County | www.211LA.org
P:  (626) 350-1841 x 2200  | C:  (626) 297-0435  | pherrera@211la.org

211 LA County, a 501(c)3 organization, is one of the largest and most effective resource lines in the nation providing access to comprehensive social services and disaster support for L.A. County residents. 211 LA's innovative programs are examples of the best practices in assessing, coordinating and integrating the health and human services needed by the most underserved and vulnerable populations of one of the most culturally diverse counties in the country.  With one phone call, clients are directly screened and connected with the services they need for themselves or their children, including shelters, meals, autism screening, veterans' services, substance abuse programs, health care, and mental health services, and access to jobs.

February 16th in East Los Angeles

AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Mona Patel, MD, FAAP culminated the series of four lectures by Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP on the topic of Developmental Screening and Early Detection of Autism for the General Pediatrician. The last event in the series took place on February 16th at the AltaMed Corporate Headquarters, in the City of Commerce (East Los Angeles). Dr. Yin provided concise pearls, emphasized the utilization of standardized developmental screening tools, and shared real patient videos depicting children with evident developmental delay and behaviors suggestive of Autism. These talks were generously funded by AltaMed Health Services through First 5 LA.

February 17 in Riverside

AAP-CA2 President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP and Executive Director Tomás Torices, MD, met with Marta Bills, MPH, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program Director for  March of Dimes , at their Riverside location.  The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  They are dedicated to educating women before, during and after pregnancy.  A current educational focus is on the topic of birth spacing (the time between giving birth to conception of next pregnancy).  Birth spacing of less than 18 months increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and small for gestational age.  Currently, one-third of US births are spaced less than 18 months. The vast services offered by this amazing organization can be found by clicking on the links provided below.

(Left) Marta Bills, MPH, MCH Program Director, March of Dimes, Inland Empire and San Diego. (Right) Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, AAP-CA2 President.

March of Dimes Educational Resources

The March of Dimes welcomes your partnership in sharing the importance of birth spacing with new mothers in your practice.  They have an extensive website from which you can download and print information:  http://www.marchofdimes.org/birthspacing

They also have a birth spacing flyer that can be purchased in English and Spanish, along with many other materials including the topics of postpartum depression and pregnancy after preterm birth. To place an order, go to:  https://www.marchofdimes.org/catalog/

Your practice might consider joining the March of Dimes for their annual March for Babies fundraising walks in April.  You just might see some of your patients there!  Go to marchforbabies.org to find the walk closest to you. 

Lastly, we are including the link to Postpartum Support International, a great resource for pediatricians to share with their moms. They offer information, local referrals, a warmline and on-line support groups.  http://www.postpartum.net/

For more information on the March of Dimes, contact Marta Bills at mbills@marchofdimes.org

February 28 in Pasadena

Melissa Ruiz, MD, MPH, FAAP is implementing a CATCH grant in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) consisting of a series of educational sessions aimed at promoting the importance of the Medical Home. The partnership is between AAP-CA2, PUSD, and Young & Healthy (Y&H), a non-profit organization that provides access to high-quality healthcare for uninsured and underserved children in Pasadena. The first of a series of informational sessions took place at one of the local Head Start schools. This event was attended by five families. Dr. Ruiz emphasized the importance of the Medical Home, and provided concise answers during the open questions portion of the event. The next presentation is scheduled to take place on April 17.

Center, from left, Liz Arnold, Y&H Volunteer & Dental Education Coordinator, with Melissa Ruiz, MD, MPH, FAAP.

AAP-CA2 Coming Events - Save the Dates!

Advances in Pediatrics Symposium 
Saturday, April 22, 2017  at the Sheraton Universal Hotel

Early Bird Ends March 12, 2017
$149 for Chapter Members

Meet The Faculty

Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Lecture:  Atopic Dermatitis.
Breakout:  Challenging Rashes

Dr. Lawrence F. Eichenfield is Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology, and Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, was a pediatric resident and Chief Resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed his dermatology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP, CAQSM
Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP, CAQSM
Lecture: Keeping Your Head in the Game: Update on Concussion in the Young Athlete.
Breakout: Concussion: Evaluation Pearls for the Pediatric Practitioner.

Tracy Zaslow, MD is the director of the Sports Concussion Program and medical director of the Sports Medicine Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is Board-Certified in pediatrics, and also fellowship- trained, with board certification in sports medicine. Her clinical interests include a spectrum of orthopaedic and medical cond itions affecting young athletes, including sports-related concussion, overuse injuries and injury prevention.

Dr. Zaslow, a team physician for the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, understands the goals and challenges faced by young athletes because, like her patients, she grew up playing sports and still remains active in tennis, volleyball, running, hiking, yoga, skiing and much more.

Kris Calvin, CEO, AAP-CA

Kris Calvin, CEO, American Academy of Pediatrics, CA. Economist. Political Mystery Author
Lecture: Advocacy for Pediatricians in the Era of Trump.
Breakout: Advocacy 101 for Pediatricians.

Kris Calvin is a past local elected official who knows politics from the inside out. She's been honored for her advocacy on behalf of children by the California State Assembly and the California Governor's Office. Kris' education includes degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley with training in economics and forensic psychology.  More than a decade of work with state legislators and bureaucrats provides Kris with ample experience advocating for children and the interests of pediatricians. 

S. Michael Marcy Memorial Lecture Series

Wilbert Mason, MD, MPH, FAAP
Wilbert Mason, MD, MPH, FAAP
Lectures:  Kawasaki Disease & Vaccine Hesitancy

Dr. Mason is an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Disease at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He was Head, Division of Infectious Diseases for 9 years ending in 2011. His research focus has been in Kawasaki disease and, more recently, the implementation of evidence based medicine through the use of clinical practice guidelines in the hospital setting. He has also been active in the study and promotion of medical safety in pediatrics and served as the Chief Medical Quality Officer at CHLA until 2011. He participated in the Child Health Accountability Initiative of the Child Health Corporation of America since its inception in 1997 and was Co-Medical Director in 2001-2003. He is a Past-President of AAP-CA2 and currently serves as co-chair of the State Government Affairs Committee of AAP-CA (District IX). He serves on the California Immunization Coalition Board of Directors and is the Incoming President. Dr. Mason was awarded the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America, ID Week 2016.

Stephanie Marcy, PhD
Stephanie Marcy, PhD
Psychologist/Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). 
Lecture:  The Forgotten Child

Stephanie Marcy received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University in 1998, where she received extensive training in clinical intervention and assessment with children, adolescents, and adults with mild to severe psychopathology. Upon finishing her degree, she moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at CHLA, with a strong emphasis on trauma work - mostly sexual abuse of young children. After completing the fellowship, she joined the faculty at CHLA, and a couple of years later, the faculty of USC Keck School of Medicine, where she has been since. Currently, she works within the General Pediatrics Division and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and is a member of the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics faculty. Dr. Marcy provides individual and family therapy for children with a multitude of presenting clinical and developmental conditions, many with comorbid medical conditions.


Jerome Front, LMFT
Jerome Front, LMFT
" Mornin g Mindfulness "
Please join us for a deeply peaceful, and instructive way to start your day.   Experienced Mindfulness teacher Jerome Front, LMFT, will be guiding us in a down-to-earth, and practical experience of mindfulness.   This guided meditation will provide you with a useful, mind-body process that you can use beginning today for relaxation and to manage stress. This session can also serve as a foundation for your clinical understanding and application.  

Jero me  is a year-round Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, a faculty position he has held since 1999, where he developed the "Mindfulness & Psychotherapy" Graduate Course. Jerome has taught two weekly meditation classes and maintained a clinical private-practice in Studio City since 1994. In 1995, he established and began facilitating the experiential training method called the "Mindful CEU Retreat Workshop" for helping professionals and educators in Los Angeles.  

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Woodland Hills -  Town Hall / Dinner Meeting
Ken Saul, MD, FAAP Member-At-Large AAP-CA2

Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul MD, FAAP as he hosts an evening of professional development at Maggiano's.

Topic: P revention of SIDS and Post Partum Depression

Speaker: Harvey Karp, MD

Date: June 13, 2017 at  6:30 PM. Please note: This is on a Tuesday.
LOCATION: Maggiano's of Woodland Hills.

RSVP: Please email Dr. Ken Saul  to save your seat.

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