2019 - November Edition
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP   President, AAP - CA2    2018 - 2020 
President's Message
Our Chapter leadership just returned from the annual AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) in New Orleans last week. If any of you have the opportunity, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Over 14,000 pediatricians from around the world come together to learn the latest issues and treatment approaches for conditions facing children today. Next year's NCE will be in San Diego on October 2-6, 2020-save the date and make plans to go!
Congratulations to our very own Ed Curry for winning the election to be our District's National Nomination Committee (NNC) member! The NNC has the significant responsibility of selecting the nominees to run for President of the AAP each year. And congratulations to Moira Szilagyi for being one of the candidates for President! Dr. Szilagyi is also our featured speaker at our Annual Symposium in March, so please come and get to know her and hear about her work with foster care children and addressing ACEs.
As wildfires continue to pop up all throughout our Chapter, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by evacuations or worse yet, loss of their homes. If you need resources or have patients or families affected by the wildfires, please see the list of resources available below in this newsletter.
Vaping continues to be an issue, and more and more cities are considering ordinances to limit the sales of flavored tobacco products, vaping-related products or all tobacco products. In particular, there has been a specific call for African American pediatricians to speak out supporting a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol. Please contact Tomas for more information.
Our Life After Residency event is shaping up to be an amazing job fair for our third-year pediatric residents, recent graduates and mid-career professionals looking for a career change. If you are looking for a job or looking for a new pediatrician in your office or practice setting, please consider coming to this networking extravaganza!!
We are finalizing the agenda for our Annual Symposium on March 28, 2020 at Carnesale Commons at UCLA. We have an outstanding program with three tracks for pediatricians of all types: general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and child advocacy. Please come to attend our annual business meeting at lunch, and to hear from experts about immigrant child health, vaping, primary care pediatrics, ACEs and more!!
As you can see, our chapter is very active addressing child health issues and supporting all of our work as pediatricians. Now is a good time to reach out to your pediatric colleagues who have not yet joined the chapter or paid their chapter dues. If there are pediatricians you know who would be willing to join the chapter, please direct them to our membership site (here). Also, it is possible to join our chapter to support local child health efforts without joining national AAP if there are cost prohibitions. Please contact Tomás for more information.
Please check out the rest of our newsletter for information on our Town Hall meetings and other CME opportunities, ways to get Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points with Quality Improvement (QI) projects, and statewide advocacy priorities that the AAP is working on behalf of children.
Thanks for all that you do on behalf of children in our communities!
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP
Chapter President
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Feature Article - ACEs Bulletin Vol. 3  
How Adversity Influences Health
Adwoa Osei, MD, FAAP
Adwoa Osei, MD, FAAP  
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or early life stress can have lasting impacts on the developmental, emotional and health trajectories of life. To attempt to understand how this happens, we will briefly review the bio-neuropsychological aspects of the stress response.
Stress, is a state of threatened hemodynamic balance of an organism. The response to stress from the body is vital for survival and learning. The prefrontal cortex (PFC), amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, (HPA), sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and immune system are all heavily intertwined in this response. Read more ...

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 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Committee
Anti-Smoking/Vaping Committee   Immigrant Health Committee
 Immunizations Committee  Membership Committee  Physician Wellness Committee
 Practice Management Committee  Section on Early Career Physicians  Section on Pediatric Trainees
Advocacy Against Vaping Epidemic 
We are in need of African American Pediatricians for Advocacy Against Flavored Tobacco, Including Menthol 

As you may have seen in recent Newsletters, we are strong advocates against vaping and flavored tobacco, and have joined the LA Families Fighting Flavored Tobacco, led by Larry Tramutola (Political strategist in the San Francisco flavored tobacco ban). The proposed bans in the City of Los Angeles and in Los Angeles County would ban all flavored tobacco, including menthol.  
The office of Larry Tramutola is requesting a list of African American physicians who may be contacted to either make statements during upcoming City Council Meetings, and/or provide interviews on and off camera.  
Please click here to see all the details if you can join this effort.  
Members of the LA Families Fighting Flavored Tobacco at a recent Los Angeles County hearing, including AAP-CA2, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Breathe California, Students, Parents, and others. 

31st Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium    
March 28, 2020
Carnesale Commons , at UCLA
Sponsored by
UCLA Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program
  Save The Date! 
California Wildfires
Wildfires are burning across parts of California, threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people. The resources below can help individuals, families, communities and professionals stay safe in the face of the wildfires.
AAP-CA2 has a Resource Guide Related to Fires and Other Disasters
Access the AAP-CA2 Disasters Resource Guide here
CATCH Grants  
Planning, Implementation and Resident Grants
If you have an idea to make a difference in
your community,
consider applying for a CATCH grant! The CATCH Program is a national initiative of the AAP that supports pediatricians to collaborate within their communities to advance the health of all children. Through the CATCH Program, pediatricians are empowered to identify promising solutions that work in their individual communities.  
The Call for Proposals is open as of November 1, 2019 -- with a deadline of January 15, 2020. The application can be found here. If you have questions, please reach out to your CATCH Chapter Facilitators Christine Thang ( cthang@mednet.ucla.edu ) or Melissa Ruiz ( ruizmj@gmail.com ), or contact the general CATCH staff at  CATCH@aap.org . Thank you for what you do on behalf of children!

Article - Pediatric Dentistry  
Kim Nichelini, DMD
Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Dental Caries Management in Children
Kim Nichelini, D.M.D.
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Director North and AAP Liaison, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Despite our efforts to focus on education and prevention in our practices and communities, early childhood caries (ECC) remains highly prevalent in our infant, toddler and preschool populations. ECC can result in pain, lost school days, diminished ability to learn, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and is the best predictor for caries in the secondary dentition. It is often expensive to treat and, Read more ...
National AAP President Elect Candidates
The AAP National Nominating Committee has selected 
Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, FAAP, of Jacksonville, Florida, and  
Moira A. Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP, of Marina Del Rey, California, as candidates for AAP president-elect.
Additional information about the candidates, including profiles and position statements, will be published in upcoming issues of AAP News.
Voting will begin May 26 and end June 9. The winner will serve as 2022 president.

Mobeen Rathore, MD, FAAP

Moira A. Szilagyi, MD, FAAP

NCE New Orleans   
Congratulations to AAP-CA2 members who presented at the 2019 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans last week. Did we miss you? Please send us your images to include you in our next issue. 
Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, FAAP and AAP-CA2 Immediate Past President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP after the President's Luncheon at NCE in New Orleans. Dr. Goldfinger presented on addressing early childhood adversity and the utilization of the PEARLS (Pediatric ACEs and Related Life Events Screener) screening tool during well child visits. Dr. Goldfinger is part of the AAP-CA2 ACEs Committee. Dr. Curry presented on improving practice efficiency by utilizing the previsit questionnaire.

AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Daniel Bruckner, MD presented on the clinical and financial benefits of utilizing a respiratory panel device for on-demand diagnosis in the office setting.

AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large presented updates on the implementation of AAP Media Guidelines. Dr. Cross served on the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media (COCM) for six years and co-authored the AAP's policy statements,  Children, Adolescents and the Media and the corresponding technical report  Children and Adolescents and Digital Media.

AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Tanya Altman, MD, FAAP signing her book "Caring For Your Baby and Young Child", along with Associate Medical Editor David L. Hill, MD, FAAP
If you have any activities to share in future issues, please send your content to Chapter2@aap-ca.org  
Member - Spotlight 
LaSalle Medical Associates Joins AAP-CA2

We would like to recognize and welcome the medical professional team of LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. as the newest members
of the AAP-CA2 Group Membership program.

Albert Arteaga, MD
LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest Independent Practice Association groups in the San Bernardino, Riverside & Los Angeles counties. Founder and Chief Executive officer Albert H. Arteaga, MD opened his first pediatric medical clinic in Fontana in June of 1984 with his wife, Maria. He has provided continuous service since that time to the children of the Inland Empire.
Dr. Arteaga joined the Chapter as a group in an effort to support the Chapter's tireless advocacy on behalf of all children in our region. Thank you, Dr. Arteaga for your support!
Please contact the Chapter if you are interested in the benefits of Institutional and Group Membership. 

Upcoming - Events
Dinner Lectures in Santa Barbara -  Town Halls
Hosted by AAP-CA2 Area Representative in Santa Barbara County,
Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP Area Rep. Santa Barbara 
Santacrose, MD, FAAP   
Dr. Brian Santacrose invites you to attend the following dinner/lectures in Santa Barbara. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP/register as indicated below to save your seat as space is limited due to the venue.  
Thank you, and we hope to see you there. 
RSVP Online:

November 19 in Santa Barbara -  Town Hall/Dinner Lecture
Hosted by AAP-CA2 Area Representative Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP   
Derek Ott, MD
A Novel Delayed-Release and Extended-Release Treatment for ADHD Patients 6 Years and Older 
SPEAKER: Derek Ott, MD 
DATE: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Sponsored by Ironshore Pharmaceuticals 
Justyna Huovinen, ADHD Specialist/Central Coast 
LOCATION: Wine Cask                        
813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 

December 11  in Santa Barbara - Town Hall/Dinner Lecture
Hosted by AAP-CA2 Area Representative Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP   
Understanding the Importance of Immunoprophylaxis for Infants and Children at High Risk for Severe RSV Disease 
Kenneth Saul, MD, FAAP Member-At-Lage
DATE: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 AT 6:30 PM
Sponsored by Sobi North America
Valerie Page, MPH, RD, CLE
Senior Clinical Account Manager 

January 29 in Camarillo - Financial Wellness for Physicians
Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP
Pallavi Kamra, MD, FAAP
Please join AAP-CA2 Members-At-Large Pallavi Kamra, MD, FAAP and MelissaRuiz MD, FAAP for a Town Hall in Camarillo on the topic of Financial Wellness.

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Location: Camarillo (Specific venue TBA) 
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
6:30p - 6:45p    Dinner & Social 
6:45p - 7:30p    Financial Presentation
7:30p - 7:45p    Financial Advisor Q&A
7:45p - 8:00p    Event Sponsor 
8:00p - 8:05p    Early Head Start in Ventura County
8:05p - 8:30p    General Pediatrics - Current issues/Q&A
RSVPs can be made to pallavikamra@gmail.com    
Please include topics for discussion and any financial queries when you RSVP.   

AAP-CA2 Presents:
Life After Residency &
Pediatric Career Fair 2020
January 30, 2020
6 PM - 9 PM  
The Event of the Year in Southern California for Pediatric Residents, Fellows, and Pediatricians looking for new opportunities 

Attention Employers - Meet graduating pediatric residents from every residency program in our region, as well as pediatricians in search of career changes. Email chapter2@aap-ca.org to host a table.    

31st Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium    
March 28, 2020
Carnesale Commons , at UCLA
Sponsored by
UCLA Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program
Other Upcoming Events - FYI, in Northern California 
November 9 in Madera
  (Click image for details)  

QI Opportunities - CME and MOC Part 4
More LA Smiles CME and MOC Part 4 Opportunities
In a state-funded effort to improve the oral health of Los Angeles County children on Medi-Cal, UCLA's More LA Smiles Dental Transformation Initiative invites medical providers and their staff to participate in clinical trainings and improvement opportunities.  
Oral Health Integration in Primary Care
Primary Care Practice Quality Improvement is a program led by UCLA More LA Smiles focused on integrating oral health preventative services in well-child visits.  Participating providers receive up to 30-50 CME and 20-25 MOC Part IV credits at no cost upon meaningful participation in the program.  Participation includes the implementation of oral health assessments and fluoride varnish applications during primary care with the help of a quality improvement specialist.  
Email QI@morelasmiles.org to learn more!    
Overview Training: This 1-hour training explains the Medi-Cal 2020 Dental Transformation Initiative and provides contemporary understanding of dental caries and systems-based approaches to improving children's oral health. Participating providers may earn 1 CME credit online by visiting https://morelasmiles.org/medicaloverview or can request an in-person training for their office by emailing training@morelasmiles.org.

Advanced Training: The 3-hour training includes in-depth instruction on performing caries risk assessments, applying fluoride varnish, utilizing self-management goals and contemporary approaches for prevention and management of dental caries as a chronic infectious disease. Participating providers earn 3 CME credits. We welcome the opportunity to provide an in-person training for your organization; please email training@morelasmiles.org to coordinate.
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