Idaho AAP

Educational Opportunities

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Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI)

  • August 31 – November 16 — Medical Care focus
    January 25, 2017 – April 12 — Behavioral Health focus
    Free CME/CEU Credit
    12 Weekly One-Hour Sessions
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SPAN Idaho's Statewide Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference


Immunization Summit 2016 and Pink Book Course

  • November 2-4
  • Boise Center
    Boise, ID
  • The Course will focus on the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. The two-day Course will include presentations from immunization experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Training brought to you by the Idaho Immunization Coalition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Idaho Immunization Program). A half-day Immunization Summit will take place on November 4th with the keynote speaker Tara Haelle. The theme for this Immunization Summit is on vaccine hesitancy and how to approach immunization concerns with confidence.
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Chapter Meeting

  • February 16, 2017
  • BSU Sky Box
    Boise, ID
  • 5:30 - 7:00 Legislative Reception
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Awards

Awards and Recognitions

  • Idaho Nurse Practitioner of the Year – Dr. Anne Church
  • Special Achievement Award – John Ullery, MD
  • Special Achievement Award – Paul Douglas McPherson, MD, FAAP
  • 2014 Award of Chapter Excellence – Idaho Chapter of the of the AAP (Presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award – Lisa Marie Barker, MD, FAAP

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baby health information

Other Links of Interest

Breastfeeding

  • Jessica Shortall TED Talk
    We need women to work, and we need working women to have babies. So why is America one of the only countries in the world that offers no national paid leave to new working mothers? In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. Her idea worth spreading: the time has come for us to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of our approach to working mothers and their babies, and to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.
  • Goat Milk Feedings and Infants Less than One Year of Age
    Goat’s milk is Not appropriate as the primary feeding for infants. Neither goat’s milk nor cow’s milk can adequately replace breast milk or infant formula. Children under one year of age need an approved infant formula if not breast fed. Premature infants will likely need supplementation with a specialized formula in addition to breast feeding.
  • Idaho Breastfeeding Basics (website)

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Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

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Transitioning to Adult Health Care

  • Practice Tools & New Website
    The Center for Health Care Transition Improvement - Got Transition recently released The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition (2.0), which define components of transition support and are based on the clinical report, "Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home", developed by the AAP (led by the Council on Children with Disabilities), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians.

    Three transition tool packages are available for: 1) practices serving youth who will transition out of pediatric care into adult care; 2) practices serving youth who will remain with the same provider but need to transition to adult-focused care; and 3) practices accepting new young adults into adult care. Each package includes sample tools that are customizable and available for download.

    A new website, www.GotTransition.org, includes an interactive health provider section, FAQs developed by and for youth/young adults and families, information for researchers and policymakers, and lists of transition resources.

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Child Care

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Childseat Inspection Finder

Childseat Instructors Resources

Child Passenger Safety

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concussions

Concussions

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child-development

Early Brain & Child Development

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Obesity

Ending Childhood Obesity

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

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Healthy Teen Relationships

Healthy Teen Relationships

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Immunizations

Immunizations

  • Idaho Immunization Coalition Newsletter — September 2016
  • AAP Immunization Initiatives — July 2016
  • AAP backs new ACIP recommendation on influenza vaccine (website)
  • HPV Videos Education & Promotion Project (website)
    These videos provide up-to-date information about the burden of HPV-related disease, the rationale behind vaccinating pre-teens prior to sexual debut, the clear need for boys as well as girls to receive HPV vaccination, and vaccine safety information. They feature 8 case vignettes in which doctors demonstrate effective counseling strategies, incorporating the latest available evidence, to address the concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents.
  • Immunization Summit 2016 and Pink Book Course — November 2-4
    The Course will focus on the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. The two-day Course will include presentations from immunization experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Training brought to you by the Idaho Immunization Coalition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Idaho Immunization Program). A half-day Immunization Summit will take place on November 4th with the keynote speaker Tara Haelle. The theme for this Immunization Summit is on vaccine hesitancy and how to approach immunization concerns with confidence.
  • ACIP updates vaccination guidelines for 2016 (website)
  • National NIPA HPV Learning Collaborative
  • HPV Vaccination Quarterly Report - October 2015 (pdf)
  • Injections outperform inhaled measles vaccine (website)
  • Iron Lung

    How blessed we are to have access to safe vaccines? Read More >>

  • Immunizations by StatesAAP State Advocacy Infographic (website)
    Immunization rates by state and non-medical exemption poster.
  • New ACIP recommendations for 9-valent HPV Vaccine (website)
  • Immunization Rates from the 2013 NIS (pdf)
  • FDA approval for new HPV vaccine (website)
    Gardasil 9 has potential to prevent approximately 90% of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers. The vaccine is approved for females ages 9-26 and males 9-15.
  • CDC: Childhood vaccines prevent 322M diseases in U.S. (website)
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Idaho HPV Facts
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Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC)

We use local, state, and nationwide networking to address the healthcare needs and priorities of children.

In 2010, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) awarded a grant to Idaho and Utah to improve health for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs. With these funds, Idaho formed the Children’s Healthcare Improvement Collaboration (CHIC) and delivered multiple learning collaboratives which included: Pediatric Asthma, 2 Year Old Immunizations, Patient Centered Medical Home, Transitions, Adolescent Depression Screening, Preventing Childhood Obesity, and The Diagnosis and Management of ADHD. READ MORE/LESS >>

In 2012, Idaho’s mission was furthered when CHIC facilitated the development of the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC) advisory board. The efforts of Dr. Angie Beauchaine and others were instrumental in this process.

Since the formation of IHAWCC, there has been a close relationship with the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to the AAP, the board includes community representatives from the Division of Medicaid, Division of Public Health, Boise State University, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. As a former Medical Director for CHIC and the current Chair of the Advisory Board, Dr. John Ullery is an advocate for the health of Idaho’s children and continues to drive the improvements that Dr. Angie Beauchaine initiated.

Once the CHIC grant came to an end in 2016, St. Luke’s Children’s accepted the role as the institutional home for IHAWCC advisory board and staff to continue to improve healthcare outcomes for children. The IHAWCC team includes an Executive Director, Medical Director, and two QI Specialists. The team roles are served by Sherry Iverson, Dr. Tom Patterson, Erin Bruce, and Brad McKinney.

Most recently, St. Luke’s Children’s has been approved by the American Board of Pediatrics to act as a Portfolio Sponsor. This is a very high distinction that will aid the vision of Children’s and IHAWCC. As our current learning collaborative (Adolescent Immunizations) winds down, we are planning a project on Oral Health Integration to help prevent the burden of pediatric dental illness. Stay tuned for details and contact the IHAWCC staff with any questions.

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Literacy

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Newborns

Crying Baby

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Nutrition/Food Insecurity

Idaho Voices for Children

Nourishing Idaho’s Children

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Oral Health

  • Oral Health
    Three New Posters and Shareable Images
    (website)
  • AAP: Fluoride varnish is billable and implementable (website)
    According to Pediatric News, with fluoride varnish treatments now on the Bright Futures periodicity schedule, reimbursement is attainable, and pediatricians can focus on integrating the 45- to 60-second procedure into their practices and strengthening their oral health messaging to families.
  • Idaho Oral Health Network Update – November 2015 (pdf)
  • Healthy Me Update – November 2015 (pdf)
    From the Idaho Oral Health Alliance
  • US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations Ages 0-5 (website)
  • Schedule of Screenings & Assessments Recommended at Each Well-child Visit from Infancy through Adolescence (website)
    From the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Please Welcome Catina Tharp, Network Coordinator/Health Program Specialist, Idaho Oral Health Program

    For those of you that may not be aware, this past spring the Idaho Oral Health Program (IOHP) received funding from the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 Initiative to build a statewide oral health network here in Idaho. The overarching mission of this network is to implement the 2015-2020 Idaho Oral Health Action Plan utilizing a Collective Impact Framework. The network will also serve as the driving force for Idaho to achieve the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 Goal of eradicating dental disease in children. More››

  • Idaho Receives A Grade in PEW Dental Sealant Report
  • Idaho Receives A Grade in PEW Dental Sealant Report (pdf)
  • New CPT Code for Physician Administered Fluoride Varnish (pdf)
    Effective January 1, 2015 for children up to 21 years of age, the application of topical fluoride varnish by a physician, or other qualified health care professional, should be billed with the new 2015 CPT® code 99188. The dental code D1208 is no longer covered for physicians by Idaho Medicaid. Application of fluoride varnish by a dentist continues to be covered through the Idaho Smiles program.
  • Idaho Smile Survey 2013 Report (pdf)
  • Fluoride Recommendations for Primary Care Clinicians from the US Preventive Services Task Force (pdf)

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Partners & Partner Resources

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Perinatal Issues

Text BABY to 511411

Three free text messages are sent to your patient's cell phone each week timed to the due date or baby's birthday. Messages start at pregnancy and go through the baby's first year. Tips include information on prenatal and infant care, immunizations, postpartum depression, nutrition, oral health, quit smoking, safety, and more.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Adolescent Resources (website)
    A treatment guide that highlights the clinicians' role in identifying and supporting treatment and recovery, an online module that provides videos on best practices for screening teens at risk for or struggling with drug abuse, and a step-by-step resource that helps identify and manage SUD in teens.

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Respiratory Virus Tracking

Respiratory Virus Tracking

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Smoking, Nicotine, E-Cigarettes, and Marijuana

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Toxic Stress

  • We all will be hearing more about toxic stress in the future. This topic is one of the AAP's strategic initiatives on the national level. It should come as no surprise that adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs) such as child abuse, neglect, or living with parents with drug or alcohol abuse causes stress, the hormone-mediated flight-or-fight response that we all know about. However because the ACEs are usually chronic in nature, the stress response from ACE's is never turned off. This prolonged "toxic" stress, especially when experienced in the first several years of life, has been shown to cause observable changes in brain structure and function, as well as epigenetic changes in a child's DNA. The effects not only cause childhood problems such as poor impulse control, emotional dysregulation and developmental delays, but it also has been linked to adult diseases such as heart and lung disease. Pediatricians practice preventative health very well; the hope is that advancements in our understanding of toxic stress will help us improve our practice of preventative mental health.

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