2016 - July Edition
Welcome to the July 2016 edition of our monthly e-Newsletter.
Edward Curry, M.D.  F.A.A.P.
President, AAP-CA2
As I take over as president for AAP-CA2, I would like to thank Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, for her amazing leadership and all the work she has done to improve our Chapter.   

(Left, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, presents a "Recognition of Excellence" plaque to Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, as a symbol of appreciation for her two years of service as Chapter president, 2014-2016).
  Let's welcome our new executive board...

and our new members at large:

As we move toward the 2016 -2017 year, the primary goal of the Chapter will be to engage all pediatricians in Chapter 2, to help them improve patient care, and provide community resources they can utilize in their practice.  The Chapter will provide opportunities for Chapter members to fulfill their requirements for both Part 2 and Part 4 Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
The chapter has developed partnership with First 5 San Bernardino to help implement Reach Out and Read to pediatricians in San Bernardino.  We will soon be working with First 5 Riverside to implement Reach Out and Read.  The Chapter will be collaborating with First 5 Los Angeles, and San Bernardino County to implement Help Me Grow.  Help Me Grow is a national collaborative to help identify children with developmental delay through standardized Developmental Screening and linking them to community resources.  We have started a partnership with First 5 Ventura which has implemented Help Me Grow. Our Chapter will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for pediatricians in Ventura County to learn about the services First 5 Ventura and Help Me Grow can provide. 
First 5 San Bernardino                                                     First 5 Los Angeles

          AAP-CA2 HPV QI Team
The Chapter will have two Part 4 Maintenance of Certification projects for our Chapter Members.  The first project will be to improve HPV immunization rates within your practice which will launch in Fall of this year.    The second MOC project will be improving Developmental and Autism Screening. Both of these MOC projects will allow pediatricians to network with other chapter members to share how to implement, remove barriers, and provide high quality pediatric care. These MOC projects will also provide pediatric practices with community resources which their patients will be able to access.

In the upcoming year, our Town Hall Meetings will be expanded from only disease specific educational topics, to include Practice Improvement, Quality Improvement, Community Resources,  and Advocacy. The Chapter will strive to have Town Hall meetings in each county of Chapter 2.  The Chapter Annual Pediatric Conference will be held on April 22, 2017 at Universal Sheraton.  We will continue to provide quality educational topics, provide MOC Part 2 credit, and highlight the S. Michael Marcy Lectureship.  For our chapter members, the Chapter is committed to make our annual Pediatric Conference very affordable with a reduced registration fee.
                          Town Hall Meetings                                                  Annual Pediatric Conference

As we move forward this New Year, the Chapter encourages pediatricians to take advantage of these new opportunities.  We are looking forward from hearing from our chapter members about any additional ideas or opportunities to help the children and families in our Chapter service area. 
Edward Curry M.D.  F.A.A.P
President, AAP-CA2

Feature Article 
CAIR Is Moving To CAIR2:  It's bigger, better, faster!
Eileen Yamada, MD, MPH, FAAP
Eileen Yamada, MD, MPH, FAAP
Public Health Medical Officer
California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

An increasingly complex immunization schedule can be confusing for providers, schools and colleges, and individuals. Compounding this problem is the fact that immunization records are often scattered, making it difficult to assess whether a person is truly up to date.

An immunization registry is a secure, confidential, web-based database that stores the immunization records of children and adults. Registries help medical practices keep patients of all ages up to date on vaccinations by avoiding under-immunization or over-immunization. Immunization registries are an important component in achieving and maintaining high immunization coverage rates, allowing providers, health departments, schools, and health plans to target those in need of immunizations. 
Click to Read full article

Related Item
To support you in implementation of SB 277 - an optional vaccine medical exemption form

On July 6, AAP-CA emailed the recently developed optional vaccine medical exemption form to support you, our pediatrician members, in your record-keeping and in your ability to most easily provide schools and child cares with  the information required by the state for a child to qualify for a medical exemption from one or more school/child care-entry mandated vaccines under California law. In case you've missed it, please look for that email for specific information from AAP-CA. The form is provided in the link below.


In The Community

Help Me Grow - Ventura County

Teamwork at its best. Leadership from First 5 San Bernardino, First 5 Ventura, and AAP-CA2, met on June 21 in Ventura to discuss opportunities for collaboration, primarily in the area of developmental screening.  Help Me Grow Ventura County developed a Developmental Screening tool kit to provide healthcare providers with best practices in the developmental screening process focused in the early care and education settings.

View the tool kit website to access valuable information such as family support services/referrals, early learning classes for children prenatal to 5, assistance with behavioral concerns, 2-1-1 Information & Referral, school district referrals, ASQ resources, and more. The Developmental Screening Tool Kit is also available as a .pdf document by clicking here.

AAP-CA2 will be collaborating with Help Me Grow Ventura County to conduct a series of Town Hall meetings to inform local pediatricians about this robust referral network.

(From left) Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Ventura County Public Health Director; Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP; Linda Bays, Ventura County Public Health Manager; Karen E. Scott, Executive Director, First 5 San Bernardino; Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, President, AAP-CA2; Cindy A. Reed, First 5 Ventura County Program Coordinator; and Tomás Torices, MD, Executive Director, AAP-CA2.
Claudia Harrison, Executive Director, First 5 Ventura County with Dr. Curry.
Seleta Dobrosky, MSN, RN, PHN, Ventura County Supervising Public Health Nurse, with Dr. Curry.

Community Partnership: PUSD, Young & Healthy, AAP-CA2
Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), Young & Healthy (Y&H), and AAP-CA2 have joined forces to deliver the importance of a medical home to parents whose children attend Pasadena public schools. Community Pediatrics Fellow, Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP, received a CATCH grant for this project. Parent education will take place during various Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) meetings in five selected schools. Part of Young & Healthy's mission is to provide access to high-quality health care for uninsured and underserved children and families in the greater Pasadena area. Their case management and referral services are priceless. Currently, over 250 health care providers, including 45 pediatricians, donate their services to help children in need. Y&H Executive Director, Mary Donnelly-Crocker has profound knowledge of the health care system and serves her organization with extreme passion and dedication. Whitney Harrison, Y&H's Program Director, is developing tools and strategies to educate parents. Ann Rector, Director of Health Programs at PUSD (not pictured) has been essential in this promising project, not just welcoming our plans, but also providing key strategic guidance to favor our success. PTA sessions are expected to begin in late September.

(Image, from left) Whitney Harrison, Y&H Program Director; Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Y&H Executive Director; Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP; and Tomás Torices, MD, AAP-CA2 Executive Director.

Awards and Recognition

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 Announces the 20th Annual 2016 High School Scholarship Winners

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2, is pleased to announce that three outstanding Los Angeles County High School graduates received the 2016 Medicine-Biological Sciences Scholarships. These students, accompanied by members of their respective families, were honored at a ceremony held at The Reef Restaurant, in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Over dinner, Dr. Curry shared anecdotes from medical school and residency, making a strong point of the importance of a strong foundation in the basic sciences for becoming a good physician.

Dr. Curry presented Caitlyn, Hannah, and Matthew their certificates, as well as an inspirational book that touched on the topic of their unique personal experience and motivation to pursue a career in medicine or biological sciences.  Each will also receive a $1,000 award upon completion of their first quarter. Here is a detailed overview of their accomplishments over the last four years.

Caitlyn Estalilla, from Carson, CA, is a graduate of Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School, located in Long Beach. Among her academic achievements, Caitlyn graduated third in her class of 135 students, with a 4.048 GPA. She was the Co-Vice President of the Key Club, and Yearbook Editor-in-Chief.  An avid athlete, Caitlyn participated in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball. It was during a basketball game two years ago that she suffered an injury on her left leg. With one player already out do to an injury, Caitlyn held on and played till the end of the game in order to not affect the team's morale. Caitlyn writes: "Just knowing that this can happen to any young athlete before they can pursue their dream makes me sad. As an athlete, I know the passion that they have for the sport(s) they play. No one would want to know that the dream they were reaching for was crushed due to an injury."
This personal experience, and an influence of nurses and doctors in the family, led Caitlyn to the personal goal of becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  Caitlyn will be attending UC Merced.

Hannah McDonald , from Lakewood, CA, is a graduate of Robert A. Millikan High School, located in Long Beach. Among her academic achievements, Hannah graduated with a 4.45 GPA, was in the Principal's Honor Roll for four years, and was recipient of the AP Scholar Award. She received special honors in chemistry and pre-calculus. Hannah plays the trumpet and has participated in the All-Southern, All-State, and LBUSD Bands, and received the Most Outstanding Musician award for three consecutive years.  In her letter, Hannah explains how being Iranian American, understanding two languages, and being a member of the Baha'I faith, made her a target for criticism during grade school. She writes: "In high school, I transferred my frustration to motivation in academics and music. It became evident to me that my words would not change the minds of my critics, so I geared my attentions elsewhere... instead of getting attention for my religious affiliations, I will walk at graduation in a valedictorian gold robe. Instead of defending my culture, I focus on practicing trumpet".  Hannah plans to study Genetics and Genomics, and has been accepted to attend UC Davis in the Fall.

Matthew Rios , from Long Beach, CA, is a graduate of California Academy of Mathematics and Science, located in the city of Carson. Among his academic achievements, Matthew scored 740 in his math SAT and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He served in the Principal's Advisory Board and was president of the Truth Be Told Bible Discussion Club. In his letter, Matthew writes "As a child I always wanted to be someone that could make a difference in someone's life. I remember dreaming of becoming a doctor one day as a little kid, but the dream has not meant more to me than it does now".  Matthew goes on to tell us about how difficult it was to deal with his older brother who was diagnosed with ADHD, how his brother's actions affected the entire family, and how taking AP Psychology during his Junior year taught him that his brother's actions were not entirely his fault. Unfortunately, before the end of that Junior year, Matthew's brother died in a motorcycle accident. That personal experience with mental health motivated Matthew to become a psychiatrist. Matthew has been accepted to attend Johns Hopkins University this coming Fall.

The AAP-CA2 Medicine-Biological Sciences High School Scholarship was established in 1995 from an endowment set aside to fund a continuing annual scholarship for promising high school seniors with the desire to pursue the fields of medicine and biological sciences. Since 1995, American Academy of Pediatrics has awarded over 68 scholarships. The scholarship is limited to students in the seven Southern California Counties within the AAP-CA2 boundaries (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside) and the selection rotates annually between the regions. Applicants are submitted by the principal, vice principal or guidance counselor from the selected county's high schools. The applicants are judged based on many factors including, but not limited to: scholastic ability, economic need, expressed interest in science, achievements, etc. Finalists are all interviewed. This program was recognized by the national American Academy of Pediatrics with a special commendation as the first scholarship program organized by a chapter.
Funding for this scholarship program now comes from the general operating fund of the AAP California Chapter 2 and is supplemented by donations.  We welcome additional donations to help us continue to fund this outstanding project, our AAP-CA2 Medical-Biological Sciences High School Scholarship. 
Those wishing to make contributions to the chapter may do so by sending a check made out to  AAP-CA2, and mailing it to: AAP-CA2, P.O. Box 94127, Pasadena, CA  91109 You may also specify in the memo line a particular project to which you would like to contribute, for example, the High School Scholarship Fund, the Resident Research Award Fund, or the S. Michael Marcy Memorial Fund. Alternatively, you may visit our  Charitable Donations page.


AAP-CA2 would like to recognize and congratulate two distinguished San Bernardino County Chapter members for their accomplishments.

The San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) held its Officer Installation and Recognition dinner this past June 21, 2016, at the Redlands Country Club.

Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP, San Bernardino/High Desert Area Representative for AAP-CA2, was installed as SBCMS Vice President.

Marti Baum, MD, FAAP, just finished her term as SBCMS President and is now Immediate Past President.


AAP-CA2 Board of Directors Meeting - June 22, 2016

The 2014-2016 AAP-CA2 Board of Directors met for their last quarterly meeting at Malbec Restaurant, in Toluca Lake, on June 22, 2016. In the top right image, then Vice President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, and President Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, recognized members of the board for their service during the two-year term: From left, San Bernardino/High Desert Area Representative, Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP, and Members-At-Large Susan Wu, MD, FAAP; Ken Saul, MD, FAAP; Mona Patel, MD, FAAP; Cori Cross, MD, FAAP; Cindy Baker, MD, FAAP; Daniel Bruckner, MD; and Grant Christman, MD, FAAP. Also in attendance were Elliot Weinstein, MD, FAAP; Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP; and Mayuri Ganupuru, MD, FAAP.

(Bottom left) The 2014-2016 Executive Board poses after having received their recognition certificates for their service to the Chapter: (from left) Then Treasurer Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, Med, FAAP; Vice President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP; President Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP; and Secretary Chris Landon, MD, FAAP, FCCP, CDM. 

(Bottom right) 2014-16 President Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, passing the gavel on 6/22/2016 at 8:50 PM to Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, commemorating the beginning of his 2016-18 term as new AAP-CA2 President.

District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee Report
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP   CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
Chapter Forum Management Committee (CFMC), REPORT
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
What is a resolution?
Per Dictionary.com the first definition of a resolution is:
[rez- uh - loo -sh uh n]
1.    a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
For purposes of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a resolution"is to provide a formal mechanism whereby the members of the Academy can give input concerning Academy policy and activities."
If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider submitting a resolution.    Please see the  "Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions, Writing and Submitting a Resolution - A Step by Step Guide", and the latest resolution template accessible via links below to get you started. These resources are also available on the ALF main page accessible via the My AAP website, where you will also find a searchable database of past resolutions. Resolutions should have new ideas not previously considered or discussed at Annual Leadership Forum  (ALF).

As examples to help you get started, I have included a few sample top 10 resolutions provided in the link box below. One sample resolution was my 2014 #1 MJ resolution, which was a late resolution, and thus has wording reflecting that. Another sample resolution from 2016 consent calendar was ranked #7 on MJ edible packaging (written by Cori Cross, MD, FAAP), which went straight to the ALF consent calendar. Lastly, there is the 2016 #10 resolution on epi auto-injectors (written by Michael Welch, MD, FAAP). More about late resolutions and the consent calendar follows below.
Individual members of the AAP may write a resolution; however, resident written resolutions must have a FAAP sign on to theirs. The 2015 #1 resolution was written by an intern from AAP-CA1, Peter Cooch, MD at UCSF, which focused on  addressing the legal and mental health needs of undocumented immigrant children. 

Please Click here to view the full report, including Submission Deadline (November 15, 2016), Sponsorship, and Late Resolutions.

Good luck!! I look forward to assisting you with the process.  

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


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

Recent Town Halls

June 8, 2016 AAP-CA2 Town Hall in Santa Barbara

Hosted by AAP-CA2 Santa Barbara Area Representative, Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP, pediatricians met at Bouchon Restaurant for an evening of learning and networking.  Guest speaker, Norman Lavin, MD, PhD, FACE, FAAP, presented the latest on the diagnosis and treatment of precocious puberty.  This event was generously sponsored by AbbVie.

(R)  Santa Barbara Area Representative, Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP, joyfully receives Dr. Lavin's book, "Manual of Endocrinology and Metabolism - Edition 4" which was raffled among the attendees.

June 15, 2016 AAP-CA2 Town Hall in Studio City
Hosted by AAP-CA2 member-at-large Ken Saul, MD, FAAP , local pediatricians met at Roy's Restaurant in Woodland Hills for a networking and learning dinner sponsored by Alcon. Guest speaker Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH, presented on the treatment of ophthalmic allergies and infection.  Additionally, Sheryl Handler, MD, FAAO, FAAP, provided valuable pediatric ophthalmology pearls, dermatologist Grace S. Sun, MD provided  recommendations for dry skin and bug bites, with insect repellent advice , and Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP presented her recent book, "What To Feed Your Baby".

Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH                Grace S. Sun, MD                     Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

Coming Events - Save the Dates!
September 23 & 24 - Kaiser Permanente 58th Annual Pediatrics Symposium

Location:  Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA.
More details will be provided in our next issue.

Save The Date!

October 5, 2016. - Town Hall in Woodland Hills, with host, AAP-CA2 Member At Large, Ken Saul, MD, FAAP - Sponsored by Sanofi.
Ken Saul, MD, FAAP
Topic: Influenza, and influenza vaccine controversies
Speaker: TBA

Location: Maggiano's , in Woodland Hills. 
Time:  6:30 PM

RSVP: Please  email Dr. Ken Saul  to save your seat. 
Please note:  We are back at Maggiano's.

Diane Tanaka, MD

October 13, 2016 - Town Hall in Los Angeles,  with speaker Diane Tanaka, MD.

AAP-CA2 and the California Family Health Council (CFHC) invite you to an evening of professional development in the area of sexual and reproductive health. Dinner will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP for this fabulous event.

Topic: Integrating Sexual + Reproductive Health into Primary Care
Date & Time: Thursday, October 13th, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Presenter:  Diane Tanaka, MD - Children's Hospital Los Angeles

  Location:   Radisson Midtown at USC ( 3540 South Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90007)

What will you learn?
This presentation will provide evidence-based clinical and operational strategies for integrating quality sexual and reproductive health services into primary care. Participants will learn how to identify and address the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of patients, with an emphasis on STD screening and treatment, during a primary care visit. Dr. Tanaka will also discuss strategies for adapting clinic workflow processes, including elements of billing practices, to maximize efficiency and reimbursement. Current national sexual and reproductive health guidelines, practical tools, and resources will be discussed and utilized throughout.

RSVP required. Please email the Chapter to reserve your seat.

April 22, 2017


Other Training Opportunities
Sexual and Reproductive Health
California Family Health Council  
CFHC offers Sexual and Reproductive Health training opportunities. 
AAP-CA2 members can use the code AAP2016 when registering for any of the online courses or live webinars to receive 25% off. The code does not apply to in-person trainings or on demand webinars (which are only $10). The code is good until 12/31/2016. 

Please see below, or visit their website, CFHCLearning.org 

Featured Trainings
July 21
LIVE Webinar
Decoding New Emergency Contraception Research Findings for More Effective Patient Counseling
This webinar will clarify what's new in EC for providers and educators and share strategies for how to appropriately counsel clients that are interested in EC to prevent pregnancy, within a mutual decision-making framework. Register Now!

Sept 19 + 20
Los Angeles

Family Planning Health Worker
Certification Training
2-day certification training for health care staff and educators who want to provide high-quality contraceptive counseling or education

"This is a very complete and interactive program. I highly recommend it to anyone who counsels others or teaches about birth control, STDs and sexual health."

Register for a course near you or book a private training for a group

New Online
Best Practices in Pregnancy Options Education*
Review interactive teaching techniques for pregnancy options education that school and community health educators can implement. Includes a comprehensive Educator's Toolkit with FREE lesson plans and resources plus free CEUs. Register Now!

Encouraging Family Communication About Healthy Sexuality*
On-going communication between parents and youth allows for more open and honest discussions about harm-reduction topics of STD, abuse and pregnancy prevention and a broader range of sexuality and relationship topics. This online course covers strategies for how educators can encourage family conversations about healthy sexuality. Includes free CEUs. Register Now!

*See other trainings in our new Course Catalog:
Recommended Courses for Sexuality + Health Educators and Teachers

Gender-Based Violence + STIs: Intersections and Implications for Providing Quality Clinical Care
This FREE on-demand webinar outlines the intersection of gender-based violence and STI/HIV transmission and describes how providers can respond to violence and support the safety of their patients through the use of evidence-based educational resources and harm reduction strategies. Watch Now!

LARCs and More: A Comprehensive Contraceptive Update
This on-demand webinar reviews the latest developments in contraceptive practice, including a description of FDA-approved methods and emergency contraception. It covers how to utilize a tiered effectiveness counseling approach when introducing patients to all of their contraceptive options in a time-sensitive manner. Watch Now!

CDC Updates & LAHAN Alerts
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Charitable Donations
AAP-CA2 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please consider a tax-deductible charitable donation to one of our many programs
  • The Medicine-Biological Sciences Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to exceptional high school students each year.
  • The Committee on Service, Education, and Mentoring, which awards scholarships to pediatric residents for outstanding research projects. 
  • The S. Michael Marcy Memorial Lecture, which helps sponsor a portion of our annual Advances in Pediatrics Conference in his honor.

New AAP-CA2 Video: We Are The AAP-CA Chapter 2 -  2016

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