About the Idaho Chapter
Our mission is to promote the health and welfare of Idahos children by influencing policy on any and every issue affecting child health: immunizations, air pollution, and so much more.
- AAP Chapter Champion Programs have been very effective for disseminating best policies and practices to pediatric health care providers nationwide through the leadership and volunteer networks of chapters. Chapter champion programs are designed to serve as a mechanism to provide technical assistance, tools and resources, and more to pediatricians and other pediatric health care providers in a more direct manner via national AAP staff.
- Angela Beauchaine sits on the Health Quality Policy Commission by appointment of the Governor. The first two projects this committee completed were Time Sensitive Emergencies and creating & funding the office of Suicide Prevention. Their current areas of focus are on creating an accessible state wide repository for Living Wills/Posts/Health Care Power of Attorneys (short term goal) and Mental Health (long term goal) — very broad but felt to be very important. Additionally, they receive updates from the SHIP project at Medicaid, IHDE, and the State Board of Pharmacy.
Idahos 2018 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion
Dr. Lisa Barker works at St. Lukes Childrens Hospital and has served this organization as secretary/treasurer for three consecutive years. Currently, she is in her second year as Vice President of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Barker has been an effective vaccine champion and expert for this chapter of over 124 pediatricians around Idaho. During this time, she has continued her relentless pursuit of educating the community by speaking with legislators of the state about stressing the importance of all vaccines for kids, including the HPV vaccine series.
Dr. Barker keeps an active presence to build support for HPV vaccination rates for the states adolescent population. Dr. Barker served as a leading expert on the planning committee and a physician champion for an Adolescent Immunizations Learning Collaborative in 2016. This project aimed to increase vaccination coverage of Tdap, Meningococcal, and HPV 3-dose series for adolescents 11-17 years old in Idaho. The project achieved these goals by focusing on assessing and documenting patients immunization status, reducing the number of missed vaccination opportunities, and increasing the scheduling rates of follow up appointments related to the HPV vaccine.
Dr. Barker is a vaccine champion within her community and peers often seek out her opinion on best practices and approaches to explaining the benefits of HPV vaccines in a positive and informative manner. She has recently developed a presentation about how to speak with parents about HPV vaccine questions, and will be providing that workshop as a webinar training to over 115 health care providers. Through her efforts, Dr. Barker has achieved an HPV vaccine series completion rate of 69% for her adolescent patients, and is Idahos 2018 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion!
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