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20th Annual Strengthening Families Training Institute (SFTI)

  • March 7–8, 2019
    Registration opens in January 2019

Pediatric Neuroscience Symposium 2019

Marijuana Exposure in Pediatric Populations

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  • This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners.
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Stop, Look, Listen: Separating Fact from Fiction in Evaluating Child Abuse

  • Ongoing
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  • An online interactive intervention for pediatric clinicians funded by the NICHD.
  • SLL offers 8 Category I AMA PRA CreditsTM, with an additional 10 points of Category 2 MOC available through a self-assessment from the AAP.
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Awards and Recognitions

  • On June 14, St. Luke’s President’s Award Dinner and Ceremony was hosted by organization President and CEO Dr. David Pate. The annual event recognizes those who make an exceptional contribution to St. Luke’s mission, vision and values, chosen from among the nearly 14,000 members of the St. Luke’s team. Among the Honorees, Travis Criddle, D.O. was honored. For eight years, Dr. Criddle was the only pediatrician in Elmore County. He has supported teens in challenging situations and students in plays and sports, cooked for the track team before meet events and sponsored students who have needed help paying for extracurricular activities.
  • Dr. Alicia LachiondoDr. Alicia Lachiondo is Idaho’s 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion. The impact of Dr. Lachiondo’s work is evident in her clinic’s impressive immunization rates and in her ability to create community partnerships. She recently shared her creative approaches to addressing vaccine concerns as a guest speaker at the annual Idaho Immunization Coalition Summit. Local television stations have also invited her to talk about influenza vaccines for children.
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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics proudly presents a “Special Achievement Award” to Aaron Gardner, MD, MS, FAAP, Idaho Chapter for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy for forming the Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Coalition to protect children in the event of a disaster.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics proudly presents a “Special Achievement Award” to Eda-Cristina Leio Abuchaibe, MD FAAP, Idaho Chapter for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy for working with the Idaho Medical Association and other stakeholders to secure mandatory CCHD screening implementation.

Chapter Awards

  • Pediatrician of the Year – Tom Rand, MD
  • Outstanding Organization of the Year – The Ronald McDonald House
  • 2016 Child Advocate: Jerry Hirshfeld Special Achievement Award – George Groberg, MD

2016 Special Achievement Awards

  • Aaron Gardner, MD FAAP for forming the Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Coaltion to protect children in the event of a disaster
  • Amy Barton, MD FAAA for working to change Idaho laws to protect children involved in trial cases of child sexual abuse
  • Eda-Cristina Leon-Abochaibe, DO FAAP for working with the Idaho Medical Association and other stakeholders to secure mandatory CCHD screening implementation

Other Awards

  • Idaho Nurse Practitioner of the Year – Dr. Anne Church
  • Special Achievement Award – John Ullery, MD
  • Special Achievement Award – Paul Douglas McPherson, MD, FAAP
  • 2014 Chapter Excellence Award – Presented to the Idaho Chapter for an outstanding annual program effectively furthering the objectives of the Association
  • CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award – Lisa Marie Barker, MD, FAAP
2014 Chapter Excellence

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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,, 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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Idaho Children's Trust Fund Annual Grant

The Idaho Children's Trust Fund is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through funding, educating, supporting and building awareness among community-based organizations who share our mission. One of the major ways we do this is our annual grants program: we offer grant funding within the $1,000-$5,000 range to programs that seek to prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing protective factors in order to strengthen families and promote well-being.

  • November 20, 2018 — Annual Grant Applications due to ICTF
  • January 22, 2019 — Annual Grant Award Decisions
  • May 1, 2019 — New Annual Grantee Project Start Date
  • April 30, 2020 — Project Period Ends

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HRSA Launches Health Workforce Connector to Help Health Care Professionals Find Jobs

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created a new online tool called the Health Workforce Connector to help health care professionals, including pediatricians, find jobs at more than 20,000 sites and health care facilities in the communities across the country.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resiliency Learning Collaborative 2019

St. Luke’s Children’s Ambulatory Performance Improvement Team is excited to announce a new quality improvement (QI) project for 2019! This year we have partnered with Idaho’s Maternal & Child Health program to provide an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Learning Collaborative to primary care practices throughout Idaho, and to increase the subsequent screening and referral rates for the parents/caregivers of children ages 2 months to 5 years old.

R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP, is the keynote speaker for the Kickoff event on April 4, 2019 in Boise, Idaho (8:00AM-12:00PM). In addition to other expert presenters and topics (Resiliency, Case Studies, Idaho’s Home Visiting Resources), Dr. Gillespie will provide invaluable insight and strategies to help your practice gain knowledge on trauma informed care! Pediatricians and family physicians will have the opportunity to earn Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for participation in the 9-12 month quality improvement initiative:

  1. February-March: Onboarding
  2. April-May: Kickoff Event & Education
  3. May-August: Webinars, Data Collection, Site Visits
  4. November- December: Sustainability Audit & Wrap Up

There are two ways to reserve your practices spot in the ACEs & Resiliency learning collaborative and become a champion for your team:

  1. Email us with your information and anyone in your clinic that will participate with you.
  2. Sign Up for the April 4, 2019 Kickoff event, which will reserve your spot in the learning collaborative and kickoff event!

Lastly, if you would like to learn more about ACES, please listen to the Nadene Burke Harris TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Effects Health Across a Lifetime [].




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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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Smoking, Nicotine, E-Cigarettes, and Marijuana

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Toxic Stress

  • 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.

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