February • 2022
Whereas in February
Whereas in February
We give shoutouts to leaders above the ordinary,
And send callouts for upcoming elections and nominations.
We encourage you to write resolutions, join resiliency circles and conversations.
President's Column
Nelson Branco, MD, FAAP
I hope that everyone is healthy and well as we all surf the Omicron wave. It certainly seems like this virus has more surprises in store for us. I am grateful that we have an effective vaccine and that the boosters we all lined up for recently have continued to protect us from serious illness.
This month, I’d like to continue what I started in my October and December columns. As I wrote then -- many of our chapter members are involved in AAP National councils, sections and committees. If you’re still wondering what the difference is between the three – check the AAP Community website. While our chapter is focused on the needs of our local communities, children and members, we partner and connect with our colleagues across the state and nationally through our participation in District IX, AAP California and AAP National.

In October, I highlighted our chapter members who are involved in council leadership at the National AAP level and in December I covered committees. This time, I’ll do sections. To quote the AAP website: “Sections provide unique educational and networking opportunities around shared subspecialties, surgical specialties, special areas of interest or career stage.” Many of us are members of an AAP section. Being on a Section Executive Committee is a privilege and a lot of work. Please join me in acknowledging these colleagues who have the knowledge and experience necessary to do this work and are willing to share it. We’re all grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise. 
Sophia Yen, MD, MPH, FAAP - Section on Adolescent Health (SOAH)
Anita Honkanen, MD, FAAP, Chairperson - Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (SOA)
Lisa Wise-Faberowski, MD, FAAP - Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (SOA)
Rita Agarwal, MD, ABMS - Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (SOA), Liaison, Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM)
John Ichiro Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP - Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SODBP)
Chiquita Palha De Sousa, MD, MPH, FAAP - Section on Global Health (SOGH)
Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP - Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM)
Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, MD, FAAP - Section on Oral Health (SOOH)
Kristina Rosbe, MD, FAAP, Chairperson - Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (SOOHNS)
Kylie Seeley, MD, MPH - Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT)

As I ran through Councils, Sections and Committees, I have no doubt unintentionally overlooked some of our colleagues (or repeated errors from the AAP website). Please feel free to point out any omissions, and I would encourage any of you who are participating in AAP National activities to let the rest of us know about it by writing a newsletter article, doing a Chapter Chat or including information in one of our chapter email updates. We are always looking to provide resources, share news and make more connections between our chapter members. 

In addition, we are happy to nominate chapter members to National AAP roles - please check out the list below for vacancy announcements, and let us know if you’re interested. Applications are due THIS WEEK, February 18.

Committee on Adolescence (COA): 2 positions
Committee on Development (CODe): 2 positions
Committee on Drugs (COD): 1 position
Committee on Fetus and Newborn (COFN): 1 position
Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID): 2 positions
Committee on Nutrition (CON): 1 position
Committee on Pediatric AIDS (COPA): 1 position
Committee on Pediatric Research (COPR): 1 position
Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee (PAAC): 2 positions
In Other National AAP News: Call for Nominations for President-Elect and At-Large Board Seat Member Candidates
Deadline: March 1, 2022
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Nominating Committee (NNC) is seeking Fellow and Specialty Fellow members who are interested in being considered as a candidate for 2 national offices: AAP President-Elect and an At-Large Board of Directors member. At-Large Board member candidates must also have leadership experience in committees, councils, and sections. In an effort to broaden our outreach to members and leaders, and in alignment with the AAP Equity Agenda, the NNC is committed to presenting a diverse set of candidates for elections and to making the pathways to leadership more transparent.
Any eligible AAP member interested in being considered as a candidate for President-Elect should submit the Biographical Summary in this link by March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST. Please click here for a summary of President-Elect duties. Please contact our NNC representative, who is Ed Curry, MD, FAAP (CurryAAPCA2@gmail.com) with any questions about the President-Elect process.
Any eligible AAP Member interested in being considered as a candidate for the At-Large Board seat C should submit the application in this link by March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST, along with any questions about the At-Large process to nominations@aap.org.
District IX CATCH Facilitator Change
A huge thank you to Janice Kim, MD, MPH, FAAP for her work facilitating CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grants for residents and members from our 4 Chapters as she leaves her position of many years! We welcome Deirdre Benard-Pearl, MD, FAAP, who will continue the work of ongoing coordination. For more about the program, please contact Dr. Bernard-Pearl or your Chapter representatives Drs. Judy Lin and Aparna Kota via info@aapca1.org
Resiliency Circles
California Chapter 1 is excited to offer a new benefit to members: Resiliency Circles. If you are feeling emotional fatigue and stress, Resilience Circles can be a source of respite and recharging. These Resilience Circles are structured around the We Are Resilient™ approach, which include research-based skills which promote mental health.

Resilience Circles are offered as six-week 1-hour sessions through virtual small group discussion and exercises. The cost for the full series is $50.00 for chapter members, with AAPCA1 covering the remaining cost. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up.
TESTIMONIAL from Dr. Long:
How We Are Resilient Helps BCHO Clinic to Become Trauma-Informed
Write a Resolution: Advocacy within the Academy!
John I. Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP
Deadline for Chapter Sponsorship of Resolution: March 15 at 4:30PM
Every year, members have an opportunity to ask our leaders to make changes, to improve children’s health, to optimize pediatrician education and to update our organizational procedures. You can do this by writing a resolution! The deadline is April 1, 2022. Please click on the following link for a comprehensive guide on how to write a resolution.
In 2021, we submitted “Access to Recorded Educational Sessions,” a resolution for the Academy to allow members who were not able to participate in education events to view recorded sessions for an appropriate fee. We (the authors1) had viewed some superb educational sessions during the 2020 virtual National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) and felt strongly that access to these sessions would help pediatricians provide better care and benefit both pediatricians and their patients. The resolution passed and we’re waiting to find out responses from the Academy! Please click on the following link for the wording of the full resolution.
If you would like the Academy to make change, if the Academy as an organization is best suited to lead or collaborate, write a resolution. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@aapca1.org or go to the “About” section of our chapter website for more specific information.

A step by step process on resolution writing is outlined in our recent workshop. View it below or on our dedicated webpage: https://aapca1.org/annual-leadership-forum/ 
1John I. Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP, SoDBP; Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP, SoDBP; Jen Zuber, MD, FAAP, SoDBP; Mika Hiramatsu, MD, FAAP (NCE Planning Committee)
Chapter Member Spotlight - What We Are Reading
Hailey Nelson, MD, FAAP
We've scheduled out our chapter events for the next six months. We are sharing them with you now so you know what to expect and can save the dates for those sessions that are of interest!

More For Your Benefit!
21st Annual Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals
Lucy Crain, MD, FAAP

March 24-25, 2022
Opportunities for Your Benefit
Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Course Now Available through March 8, 2022
Register now for the Motivational Interviewing: A Roadmap to Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence On Demand Course. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies and resources to effectively respond to COVID-19 vaccine-related questions or concerns from parents or caregivers. The course combines didactic sessions and engaging role-play exercises to cover motivational interviewing techniques and key messages, as well as provides related resources available to use in building vaccine confidence. Register here.
Participate in New Safer Study: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm
The Gun Safety & Injury Prevention Initiative is excited to announce the Safer Study, which will assess the effectiveness of the “Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm” training that offers concrete counseling skills, video counseling examples based on existing evidence, and resources to learn more about safe storage practices. Participation in the study includes completing 3 brief (5–10 minute) surveys: pre-training, post-training, and 1-month follow-up. Eligible participants will receive up to $30 in gift cards for study participation. To participate in the Safer Study, register for the free Safer training course here.
February 23: Strategies to Improve Provider Communications with Adolescent Patients: Relationships & Rights - REGISTER HERE!
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