2020 - October Edition
D. Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP
AAP-CA2 President
President's Message

Dear fellow pediatricians and chapter members,

Now this is over seven months since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Routine life is disturbed for both children and adults. We must continue to advocate for the wellness of children and families to get through these difficult days.
I would like to welcome our new chapter members and encourage them to make use of the resources available on the website aapca2.org.

AB 890 (Wood), the independent nurse practitioner practice act recently signed into law by Gov. Newsom will go into effect in January 2023.  Prior to that time, a new Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee will be created, advisory to the CA Board of Register Nursing, charged with determining "minimum standards", including educational requirements for a nurse practitioner in California to practice independently (103 and 104 categories only). You may view/download the full bill here, and see the CMA Fact Sheet here.

Our Chapter was able to help some school districts recently with submitting waiver applications for successful and safe reopening of schools in the area. School districts are thankful and appreciate our help in this process. I want to thank our School Health Committee for their work and advocacy.

You may look up the school reopening status in your county by visiting
After entering the name of your county, type Schools in the activity box.
Are you utilizing ACEs aware tools to improve the health of your patients? Find out about resources in San Bernardino County here. Resources in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties can be found here. Peer-to Peer training sessions in Los Angeles County will begin in November in collaboration with First 5 LA. You may find more detailed information about local ACEs Aware in its section below.

Member spotlight and Residency Corner are recently introduced items on our newsletter (Thank you to our Editorial Board for the great work). Ilan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, FACHE from Altamed, and Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Resident Krystle Frazier, MD are featured this month. I hope to see more of you participate and make this part of the newsletter interesting, by submitting your personal narratives to be published.  Please read the submission guidelines below and contact chapter2@aap-ca2.org for more information.

Our next Advances in Pediatrics Symposium will take place virtually via Zoom on February 27, 2021 - broadcast from Tamkin Auditorium at UCLA. Please save the date. I also encourage you to look into all upcoming townhalls, lectures and workshops mentioned on this newsletter, and watch the topics that may interest you.

Best wishes,

D. Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP
Feature Articles
October is SIDS Awareness Month 
By James Lee, MD 

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month, and I wanted to take the opportunity to share my story of how this came to be such a personal matter for me. 

Aeron was my second child. He was all-smiles since his earliest days. Almost every picture or memory I had of him was of his big chubby cheeks with a silly-looking grin. He completed our family of four. Read more >>>
Tobacco product promotions, e-cigarette use, and vaping frequency among adolescents 
By Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS and Noel C. Barragan, MPH, MBA

A recent paper by Fielding-Singh and colleagues1, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, examined the ever and current (past 30-day) use of tobacco products (cigarette and cigar) and nicotine vaping in a sample of adolescents, ages 13-17, who were recruited anonymously through a Qualtrics online sample panel. Read more >>>
Los Angeles County Immigrant Youth Resource Toolkit
The Immigrant Youth Task Force (IYTF) at UCLA and the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2) invite you to visit The Los Angeles County Immigrant Youth Resource Toolkit, a website consolidating community resources in the greater LA area for immigrant youth and families. Our goal is to help professionals from all disciplines address the needs of their immigrant youth patients/clients with regards to health care, legal services, education, social services, and more. As our toolkit continues to evolve, we encourage you to explore and use it in your practice going forward.
To All Pediatricians in San Bernardino County

Receive $29 per visit reimbursement for each Medi-Cal office visit

To All Pediatricians in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura County
The Landon Pediatric Foundation received a grant from ACEs Aware to provide supplemental training to providers in Ventura County (and neighboring counties). Through this funding, the ACEs Aware Ventura County training initiative was launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics- Chapter 2, First 5 Ventura County (Help Me Grow Ventura County), and the Ventura County Health Care Agency... Read more >>>

Learn about the 3-Tiered Medi-Cal Provider Training Reward System, here
Learn about the implementation steps, here
Now Recruiting Providers in Riverside County
Are you a pediatrician in Riverside County? Through a generous grant from First 5 Riverside, the AAP Chapter 2 can provide free books and support to start a Reach Out and Read program at your clinic.
Reach Out and Read works directly with pediatric providers to share the lifelong benefits that result from families reading aloud to their children every day. Through Reach Out and Read, pediatric teams can provide new, age- and language-appropriate books and share literacy advice with children and parents at each well-child visit. Contact our Reach Out and Read Coordinator, Staci Scranton, at info@reachoutandreadie.org or (909) 709-1441.

Visit our website
Watch our new video!
Latest Podcast Episode
"Advancing Early Foundational Relationships"
Early foundational relationships are the strongest predictor of young children’s long-term success. Dr David Willis, Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician and Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Claudia Aristy, Director of Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read Program, join us to talk about how families—and the professionals that support them—can create and maintain robust early relational health.
Support your Chapter and Reach Out and Read on Amazon

Use this link to select us as your charitable organization at AmazonSmile. Then for every eligible purchase you make at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to us.

Regional Centers and Early Start programs Continue to be open!

Regional Centers and Early Start programs are operating and serving families during the COVID crisis. Regional Centers continue to operate and to provide services including Early Intervention services during this time, typically through remote service delivery or telehealth. Furthermore, Regional Centers continue to accept referrals and applications for Early Start and Lanterman (over age 3) programs as well as conduct assessments for program eligibility using telehealth.  Please visit the website of your local Regional Center or the California Department of Developmental Services (www.dds.ca.gov) for more information. Please continue to refer children with suspected developmental delays or developmental disabilities to the Regional Center provides service in your area.
Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP
Director, Clinical Services | North Los Angeles County Regional Center
Phone: 1-818-756-6379 
Member Spotlight Articles
The Member Spotlight is written to highlight our chapter membership. Chapter members can submit personal narratives about themselves with a focus on how they maintain their physician wellness in the face of everyday struggles and challenges. Authors may also choose to highlight a practice, volunteer activities, QI projects, etc. The purpose of the spotlight series is to encourage and foster unity and support within the chapter.
Member Spotlight
Ilan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, FACHE is the Medical Director of Health Education and Wellness for a federally qualified health clinic at AltaMed. In addition to being a practicing physician, Dr. Shapiro is actively involved in creating binational public health programs to reach Hispanic communities on both sides of the border. Read more >>>
Residency Corner
The Residency Corner is dedicated to highlighting resident voices and providing an opportunity to find peer connections across the residency programs in the chapter. It is a space for residents to publish articles on their topics of interest. Submissions from all areas are welcome, including sharing ideas to stay socially connected during residency, describing personal hobbies or passions, highlighting resident research or QI projects, describing advocacy efforts, or providing advice and perspective on transitions during residency. The Residency Corner will rotate monthly to showcase a representative from each of the residency programs in the chapter.
Answering a Call to Action
By Krystle Frazier, MD

Much of my undergraduate career was spent whimsically learning any discipline available from primate ecology to linguistics to race and ethnicity. My college transcript depicts a wonderfully liberal and artsy college experience.
To the undeniable surprise of some of my peers, my very non-traditional approach to education still led me to a career in medicine. Read more >>>
Upcoming Events
Oct 22 | Early Career Physicians Town Hall
AAP-CA Early Career Physicians
Town Hall on Racism & Implicit Bias
October 22, 2020

The Early Career Physicians group will be hosting a virtual Town Hall for an informal discussion on racism and implicit bias.

We look forward to reconnecting on Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 PM PST. A zoom meeting invitation will be emailed to you the week of the event.

Visit the ECP webpage: https://aapca2.org/ecp
Oct 29-30 | CHLA
Oct - Nov | CHOC Children's Lecture Series
CHOC Children’s Virtual Pediatric Lecture Series provides online CME lectures at no cost. All lectures are at 12:30 PM. Click the links to register.

December 3 | AAP-CA2 Workshop
Attend a Workshop on
Pharmacotherapy for Smoking Cessation
via Zoom
Sponsored by AAP-CA2
Funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics
CME will be provided for this event.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Faculty: Scott Hunter, MD
Child, Adolescent, Adult and Addiction Psychiatry
February 27, 2021 | 32nd Annual Virtual Symposium
Save the date to attend the

AAP-CA2 32nd Annual

Broadcast live from Tamkin Auditorium at UCLA
Saturday, February 27
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by
UCLA Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program

For a Limited Time Only
Welcome New Chapter Members
Welcome the following NEW members who joined the Chapter in September
  • Aditi Dasgupta, MD – (Los Angeles)
  • Mayuri Ganupuru, MD – (Los Angeles)
  • Reem Itani, MD, FAAP – (Los Angeles)
  • Faraz Khan, MD, FAAP – (Loma Linda)
  • Laura Lazzarini, MD – (Los Angeles)
  • Shakeh Mazmanian, MD – (La Cañada)
  • Reut Pagi, MD, FAAP – (Los Angeles)
  • Joseph Rojas, MD, FAAP – (Burbank)
  • Jean Russell, MD, FAAP – (Palm Desert)
  • Loren Yaeger, DO, FAAP – (Glendale)

Thank you for your support!
Chapter Committees and Sections
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, please visit aapca2.org/committees.
Climate Change
The Climate Change Committee is meeting on October 21st at 3 PM. Will you join us? Sign Up for the committee here
Equity - Diversity - Inclusion
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:45 PM. Will you join us? Sign Up for the committee here
Article Submissions
Article submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The newsletter is published the second Sunday of each month.
New sections in the chapter newsletter starting August 2020 are (1) the Spotlight on a Chapter Member, and (2) the Residency Corner. Please direct questions and article submissions to the "American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2" <chapter2@aap-ca.org>.

Please view all Newsletter issues online at https://aapca2.org/publications/