2017 - September Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2
As summer comes to an end, it has been a very eventful time for the AAP.  Children's health care and Medicaid were preserved due to unprecedented advocacy by pediatricians throughout the United States. The Chapter wishes to thank all the pediatricians who supported our Advocacy Days and made those very important phone calls to their legislators.   The Chapter State Government Affairs continues to advocate for legislation that protects children particularly in the area of Marijuana use. The AAP knows more advocacy will be required over the coming months so please continue to support the Chapter. 
It was my pleasure to be Keynote Speaker for the San Bernardino Preschool Services Annual Conference, which was attended by over 800 teachers, administrators, county supervisors and staff.  My presentation was "Childhood in the 21 st Century - What's Changed" which addressed social determinants of health.  The Chapter continues to collaborate with community resources, which benefits both pediatricians and the children we serve.
For the 17 th year I was involved in awarding our High School Medicine-Biological Sciences Award. This year's recipients graduated from high schools in Kern County, and as always, they are outstanding.  Two of the recipients suffered a tragic loss of a family member during high school. Both of these students persevered and will be attending college. Read more about these students and watch their interview in our spotlight section.
As fall approaches, we have a number of educational and informative Town Hall meetings on Best Practices in Developmental Screening. These Town Halls are done in association with all the Regional Centers in Los Angeles County.  Please join us at one of these meetings, which will help pediatricians connect with community resources dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delays. 

That's it for now. Thank you for everything that you do for children, and for your ongoing support of the Chapter. 
Please feel free to get involved locally by contacting our Chapter 2 executive director.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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Community Access To Child Health (CATCH) Project

The SHINE Project
Kevin Fang, MD, FAAP
Kevin Fang, MD, FAAP

"The SHINE Project" (Starting Healthy Initiative for New Enrollees) seeks to screen for social determinants of health at Kindergarten entry.  School entry is a time when families are already asked to complete paperwork regarding their child's medical history and immunization status.  Given all that is known about the effects of toxic stress on the developing brain, asking about social factors affecting a child's daily life is a natural extension of this concern for the child's well-being.
Families that screen positive for issues such as food insecurity, and who are interested in receiving aid, would be referred to the school's Healthy Start coordinator.  Healthy Start is a program within Los Angeles Unified School District to provide social services for families in need including food, immigration services and insurance enrollment.  This project would be an innovative way to address social determinants of health within the community through partnership with schools.  If successful, this pilot program could then be expanded across the second largest school district in the nation, serving over 640,000 children.
Dr. Fang recently completed his Community Medicine Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente and will be joining the faculty in general pediatrics at CHLA this fall.
In The Community
August 24, 2017 - San Bernardino, CA 
Image taken from San Bernardino County's Facebook page: Dr. Curry delivering his Keynote Speaker address. At the top center, surrounded by children, is Diana Alexander, Director of Preschool Services for San Bernardino County.
The San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department held its annual conference on August 24 to welcome back their 800+ staff to the start of the new school year. In a day of learning, sharing, recognition and celebration, AAP-CA2 President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP was invited as the Keynote Speaker. 
Dr. Curry spoke about what has changed with childhood in the 21 st century. He focused on the impact and changes in media, adverse childhood experiences, and obesity, provided an overview of Bright Futures, and ended with an inspiring message regarding early childhood development as a smart investment.

2017 Medicine-Biological Sciences Scholarships
August 5, 2017 - Pasadena, CA
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 is pleased to announce that three outstanding Kern County High School graduates received the 2017 Medicine-Biological Sciences Scholarship. Omar Sakr and Daniel Flores were honored at a ceremony held at The Terrace Restaurant, at the Langham Huntington Hotel, in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The third recipient, Allison Kleidon, was unable to attend as her scholastic responsibilities had begun at her new school - West Point Academy!
Over lunch, Daniel and Omar shared how their communities came together to support them and their families during the difficult times they both went through before graduating. Daniel and Omar have been best friends since elementary school. 
Dr. Curry presented Daniel and Omar 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. Here is a detailed overview of their accomplishments over the last four years:
Daniel Flores , from Delano, CA, is a graduate of Robert F. Kennedy High School. Among his academic achievements, Daniel's SAT scores were 600 (Verbal) and 590 (MAth). He graduated 4th in his class of 200 students with a final GPA of 4.20 and was voted Student of the Year during his 12th grade. Other awards include Outstanding Achievement Award in Physics (12th grade), Class Valedictorian (9th, 10th, 11th grades), MVP Varsity Baseball (10th grade), and Scholar Athlete Award and Superintendent's Gold Award for GPA during all four years in high school.
During his sophomore year, Daniel's mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, ultimately losing the battle just seven months after diagnosis. Daniel found strength by focusing in school, as he explained it: "Engaging in my academics and learning became my survival tool; the only thing I had control over. Every time I stepped onto my school campus, I could hear my mother's voice telling me Echale Ganas! (Spanish for Give it your Best)". Daniel has been accepted and is already attending USC where he plans to become a physician. His ultimate goal is to become an oncologist and return to Delano to help patients in need.
Omar Sakr, from Delano, CA, and best friends with Daniel since elementary school, is also a graduate of Robert F. Kennedy High School. Among his academic achievements, his SAT scores were 530 (Verbal) and (550) Math). He was recipient of several awards, including the Superintendent's Award, Top Scholar Award, and Valedictorian in his Junior year. During his Senior year, Omar took AP Physics and AP Calculus and graduated 9th in his class of 200 students with a final 3.98 GPA.  In a twist of fate, Omar also suffered a great loss in when his brother Ali died in 2016 in a fatal car accident at the age of 19. Omar found strength in the support of his family and the community at large. Please see his testimony in the video below. Omar is now attending the University of Irvine where he plans to become a pharmacist first, then continue his studies onto medical school.
Allison Kleidon, from Ridgecrest, CA, is a graduate of Sherman E. Burroughs High School, a school located in the upper Mojave Desert, adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station - China Lake. Allison graduated 12th in her class of 297 students with a 4.26 GPA, was National Honor Society President and Girls Varsity Soccer Captain during her Junior and Senior years, and was on the Honor Roll throughout high school. Influenced by her Stepfather's military deployment in 2012 and the resulting camaraderie she experienced as the naval community provided unlimited support to her family, Allison set a goal for herself: "The naval community continually reached out to my family, displaying the essential sense of camaraderie I had come to know through my childhood. Knowing that people home and abroad were working to protect and support my family through our own hardships inspired me to give back. Embracing these feelings and new goals, I decided to become a doctor for our nation's military service members... to provide the best medical service to those who sacrifice themselves for everyone in this country every day". Allison is attending the United States Military Academy (West Point) to earn a degree in chemical engineering, and go on into medical school. 
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 71 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 AAP-CA2 operating fund 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.
In The Spotlight!
Watch Dr. Curry interviewing Daniel Flores and Omar Sakr, as they share their life-changing experiences.
District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee
Resolutions for the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP 
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider writing a resolution. Here's how!!!
Please Click here to view the full report, including Submission Deadline (November 15, 2017), Sponsorship, and Late Resolutions.
UPCOMING EVENTS -  Save The Dates!
September 13, 2017 in Sherman OaksTown Hall / Dinner Meeting
Daniel Bruckner_ MD_ Member-At-Large AAP-CA2
Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Daniel Bruckner, MD, as he hosts an evening of professional development at Panzanella Ristorante.
Topic: "Eucrisa in the Treatment of Eczema"
Speaker: Hal Weitzbuch, MD

Date: September 13, 2017 at  6:30 PM. 
LOCATION: Panzanella Ristorante - 14928 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
RSVP: Please Click Here to reserve your seat.  

September 27, 2017 in San Pedro
13 th  Annual South Bay EDAP Conference Series    
Pediatric Emergencies "By the Sea
Fort MacArthur San Pedro, CA 
September 27 th and 28 th 8:00 am - 5:30 pm 
October 11, 2017 in Woodland Hills -  Town Hall / Dinner Meeting
Ken Saul, MD, FAAP Member-At-Large AAP-CA2
Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul MD, FAAP as he hosts an evening of professional development at Maggiano's.
Topic:  "Vitamin D Controversies"

Speaker: Carol Wagner, MD.  Professor of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina

Date: October 11, 2017 at  6:30 PM. 
LOCATION: Maggiano's of Woodland Hills.  
RSVP: Please email Dr. Ken Saul  to save your seat.

Multiple Events in Los Angeles County 
Best Practices in Developmental Screening - Town Halls  
An inside look, from the systematic approach of Regional Center clinicians and therapists, to strategies  used by local pediatricians. Funded by First 5 LA. 
This series of events in Los Angeles County are an opportunity for pediatricians to connect face to face with clinicians and staff from each of the six Regional Centers. In a multidisciplinary approach, attendees will learn best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism spectrum disorders, and engage with Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists. 
Representatives from Los Angeles Unified School District will address the services provided once a child enters the public school system. 

On the schedule are events covering the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center, North Los Angeles Regional Center (Both San Fernando and Antelope Valleys), and Westside Regional Center. Events to include Eastern LA, Lanterman, Harbor and South Central LA Regional Centers will begin in January.   
CME Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

REGISTER: Click Here to register for any of the events listed below.

October 5 (6PM Tour, 6:30 PM Dinner) In POMONA  
LOCATION: San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center - 75 Rancho Camino Drive, Pomona, CA
Guest Speakers: Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP and Marwa Moustafa, MD
This event will take place at the San Gabriel Valley/Pomona Regional Center. You are invited to begin the evening with a tour of the facility, followed by dinner and lecture. Regional Center clinicians Larry Yin,  MD, MSPH, FAAP and Marwa Moustafa, MD will discuss best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism. Regional Center staff will be present to share internal processes.
Also expected to attend are PT/OT/SLP and LAUSD representatives.
October 19 at 6:30 PM In LANCASTER
LOCATION: Antelope Valley Country Club - 39800 Country Club Dr, Palmdale, CA 93551
Guest Speakers: Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP and Margaret Swaine, MD
This event will take place at the Antelope Valley Country Club, just six miles South of the Lancaster Regional Center offices. 
Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP and Margaret Swaine, MD, both clinicians at the North Los Angeles Regional Center, will discuss best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism. Also, guest speaker Christine Park, MD, FAAP of Northeast Valley Health Center will share the highly efficient screening and referral process implemented in her clinic. Also expected to attend are PT/OT/SLP and LAUSD representatives. 

November 15 at 6:30 PM In CULVER CITY
Location TBA.
Guest Speakers: Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH and Ari Zeldin, MD, FAAP, FAAN. 
This event will take place in Culver City near the Westside Regional Center and will be lead by their own clinical staff, Dr. Bazzano and Dr. Zeldin. Topics will be best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism,
Intellectual Disabilities, and the services provided  by the Achievable Foundation. 
Also expected to attend are PT/OT/SLP and LAUSD representatives. 


November 30 at 6:30 PM In WOODLAND HILLS
LOCATION: Maggiano's  - 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Guest Speakers: Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP and Margaret Swaine, MD
This event will take place at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Woodland Hills, just six miles South of the Regional Center offices in Chatsworth.  Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP and Margaret Swaine, MD, both clinicians at the North Los Angeles Regional Center, will discuss best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism. Also, guest speaker Christine Park, MD, FAAP of Northeast Valley Health Center will share the highly efficient screening and referral process implemented in her clinic. Also expected to attend are PT/OT/SLP and LAUSD representatives. 
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Pediatrician needed  part time for busy "PPO only" practice in Thousand Oaks.

Some Saturday mornings, as well as some hospital well newborns. 
If you are interested, please contact Dr. Ken Saul at docksaul@aol.com  

Mass Casualty Triage Training

Dear AAP-CA2 member:
  1. Do your practitioners know what to do in a Mass Casualty situation?
  2. Do they know how to rapidly Triage patients?
  3. Do they know the difference between START and JumpSTART?
If the answer to any of these questions is "NO", your facility needs our Mass Casualty Triage PPT and Tabletop Exercise presentation!
Please contact Dr. Millicent Wilson at (562) 347-1648 or milwilson@dhs.lacounty.gov if you would like for us to present at your healthcare facility. 

Statewide  Advocacy
Please visit the AAP-CA website for more information on the most current Advocacy Priorities and High Priority Bills list for the 2017-2018 Session.

AAP-CA2 Video: We Are The AAP-CA Chapter 2 -  2017

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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.

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