2020 - May Edition
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP   President, AAP - CA2    2018 - 2020 
We are caught in a crossroads as we decide how to re-open our communities as safely as possible. Although continuing to isolate and observe safer-at-home practices will decrease the spread of coronavirus, the faltering economy necessitates an eventual relaxing of these restrictions. The question is when and how we should do so. Epidemiologists have suggested that four criteria must be met before we can re-open: Read more >> 
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We are conducting a Chapter-wide survey to get a feel of the current situation in pediatric practices in our region as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results will help us focus on what is most important as we advocate on your behalf.

There are a total of 27 questions. Please complete this by Friday, May 15th.

Marguerite Thorp, MD, MPA/ID
Marguerite Thorp, MD, MPA/ID
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP
Pediatric illness has -- mercifully -- played a small role in the COVID-19 pandemic so far, but perhaps as a consequence, scholarship regarding COVID-19 in children remains sparse. We reviewed the current literature to create this basic guide, acknowledging that most data is current only up to the end of March due to the standard delay of the publication cycle.


LAC DPH Health Advisory: COVID- 19 Revised Isolation Period and Clinical Symptoms (May 1, 2020) 
Extension of time -period for isolation of persons with COVID- 19 and expanded list of symptoms to consider testing


Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH 
Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH
Chapter immunization champion

In guidance provided in April, the AAP emphasized the importance of continued well-child care "whenever possible." Acknowledging that extensive community transmission of COVID-19 may limit provider capacity for well-child visits, ... Read more >>


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Inside this issue:  
- Updates & Alerts
- Events & Resources
- Red Book Online
- Featured Research Findings
- CDC's Spotlight on Childhood Immunizations
- Pediatrics In Practice: No Vaccine Preference in 20-21 Influenza Season
- Special Section: Immunizing During COVID-19  
COVID-19 Resources
Quick Links to Local and Regional Health Departments.   
AAP-CA2 Recommendations
Testing Guidelines.
Isolation Guidelines.
Guidance for Health Care Provides.
AAP Guidelines, Webinars, and Telehealth. 
Resources for Parents.
CDC; WHO, Johns Hopkins Dashboard.  

This is just a reminder of the practice safety guidelines we published in April to prevent and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >>

COVID-19 Infographics for Youth

These infographics are helpful in explaining the current pandemic situation to children, youth, and more. These resources were created by a caring team of medical students and health professionals at the University of Pittsburgh, WashU, NYU, and St. Louis ARC

Click each image to view/save to computer. Share with your patients.

Statewide and Federal Advocacy

LA-HPAC: Sac Capitol office
Sacramento, CA
Marti Baum, MD, FAAP | AAP-CA2 State Government Affairs Representative
Susan Wu, MD, FAAP | AAP-CA2 State Government Affairs Representative
Kris Calvin, CEO, AAP-CA | State-Level Policy & Advocacy Staff

Our Chapter has been very busy at the state-level in California advocating for policies and funding to support access to care for children and the financial viability of pediatric practices and children's hospitals in these extremely challenging times.   
Federal Advocacy Alert

Washington, D.C.
Provide Needed Financial Support for Pediatricians Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Tell your members of Congress to ensure pediatricians receive needed financial support so that you can provide care for children throughout the COVID-19 crisis.



Ilan Shapiro Strygler, MD, FAAP Medical Director of Health and Welness - Altamed
The 2020 Census Continues - Make Kids Count
Children between 0 to 5 are usually under counted. We have the opportunity to help our community share important information about Social Determinants of Health and the importance of being represented. Please go to  Census Materials to use any tools.
You may refer parents to our website during in-person or telemedicine encounters. Have them visit https://www.altamed.org/census  Information is available in English and Spanish.

Contact: ishapirostrygler@altamed.org or @Dr_Shaps

Anagha Suresh, MD, FAAP
Anagha Suresh, MD, FAAP 
Ventura County has shown improved rates of breastfeeding initiation with the promotion of baby friendly hospital initiatives. However, breastfeeding maintenance continues to be a challenge due to several factors, including limited access and lack of transportation to lactation support centers,  See more >> 
Elections: Chapter and National

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Chapter Election for the 2020 - 2022 Term
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2) Nominating Committee announces the upcoming Chapter Election. From May 18 through May 31, voting members will have an opportunity to vote for the 2020-2022 AAP-CA2 Board of Directors for the positions of president-elect, treasurer, secretary and members-at-large. A "Special Edition - Chapter Election" email containing the electronic ballot and candidate statements will be sent on Sunday, May 17 for review, with the electronic ballot opening on the 18th. Visit aapca2.org for more details.

The Nominating Committee is composed of the three most recent past presidents:
    • Edward Curry, MD, FAAP (2016-2018)
    • Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP (2014-2016)
    • Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH, FAAP (2012-2014)

Candidates for AAP-CA2 President-Elect, 2020-2022 Term
Grant Christman, MD, FAAP

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP

National AAP Election

Voting for AAP president-elect and national officers will take place from May 26-June 9. All terms begin Jan. 1, 2021. Voting will be conducted online only. Watch for an email message that contains your personalized link to the election ballot (no additional ballot login information will be required).
Members will choose the next president-elect: Mobeen H. Rathore, M.D., FAAP, or Moira A. Szilagyi, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP. The winner will serve as AAP president in 2022.  
Webinars On-Demand

Also, Register Here for the next educational webinar on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, noon - 1:00 p.m. - the topic will be announced soon . 

New from Hippo Education.
UCSF pediatric intensivist Mindy Ju, MD breaks down the Basic Principles of Mechanical Ventilation in Children with CHLA physician Sol Behar, MD.

Have you completed these surveys?  

Incorporated in California

We are conducting a Chapter-wide survey to get a feel of the current situation in pediatric practices in our region as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results will help us focus on what is most important as we advocate on your behalf.

There are a total of 27 questions. Please complete this by Friday, May 15th.

Help us conduct our research study by taking our short developmental delay management quiz and survey! Share your thoughts on developmental delay management and enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Participation is completely voluntary.
Click on the link below to access the survey
Abraham Gallegos, MD

Welcome New Chapter Members
We would like to welcome and thank the following NEW members.  
  • Samantha Bapty, MD, FAAP (Los Angeles)
  • Fernando Beltramo, MD, FAAP (Los Angeles)
  • Morgan Cunningham, MD, FAAP (Riverside)
  • Wise Fargo, MD, FAAP (Redlands)
  • Sheema Gaffar, MD (Porter Ranch)
  • Benjamin Gordon, PA, MPH (Murrieta)
  • Danielle Levitt, MD, FAAP (Los Angeles)
  • Mohammad Kanakriyeh, MD, FAAP (San Bernardino)
  • Kiran Mazloom, Medical Student (Sunnyvale)
  • Devang Patel, MD, FAAP (Whittier)
  • Hannah Smith, Medical Student (Eugene) 
  • Ashley Walther, MD, FAAP (Manhattan Beach)
  • Jessica Wang, Medical Student (Culver City)
  • Esther Wender, MD, FAAP (Pasadena)
  • Lawrence Wickham, MD, FAAP (Corona)
  • Siyi Yung, MD, FAAP (Los Angeles)
Thank you for your support! 
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Upcoming Events

31st Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium  
Coronavirus Updates... Pain Management and Opioids... Vaping/Nicotine Addiction Treatment... Fever Management, and more!  
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at UCLA
9 Speakers  -  3 Tracks

Get Involved - Chapter Committees  
Chapter committees are great opportunities to get involved in areas that interest you the most. Furthermore, if you are a Fellow member (FAAP), local involvement could position you for leadership opportunities at National AAP. To learn more about our various Committees and Sections, and to sign up for any of the Committees/Sections listed below, please visit aapca2.org/committees. We are now forming a COVID-19 committee. 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Committee
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 Immunizations Committee  Membership Committee  Physician Wellness Committee
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