August 2018
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Advocacy Update: Making the Most of the Interim! 

Summer and fall legislator meetings scheduled

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O'Neill is usually credited with coining the phrase "all politics is local." It's a saying WCAAP members have taken to heart this year and put into action by meeting with legislators while they are in their home districts. These meetings are crucial to help lay the foundation that the Chapter's legislative advocacy is built upon.
Tackling the Access Crisis in Vancouver
Sarah Rafton
Executive Director, WCAAP
Chapter meets with providers, legislators, community members in Vancouver

During the 2018 legislative session, I met with community health workers from Vancouver and Kachina Inman, vice president of equity, partnerships and policy for the Southwest Accountable Community of Health (SWACH). After talking with them, I realized WCAAP needed to deepen our understanding of access to care in the Vancouver region. 

Connecting with Legislators in Yakima
Kerry Harthcock, MD, FAAP
Trustee, WCAAP

Talk with legislators included Medicaid, behavioral health
On July 30th, 16 pediatric health care providers met with the 14th legislative district's Senator Curtis King and Representative Gina Mosbrucker. The group included physicians, a behavioral health specialist, and nurse practitioners.  The goals of this meeting were to develop providers' relationships with their legislators and to educate the legislators on some of the issues the WCAAP is advocating for.

Pediatric Population Health Forum

Join us for this day-long forum with an emphasis on pediatric life stages and social determinants of health. FREE for WCAAP members! 

Presented by 

Yakima, WA | Yakima Convention Center
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Learn strategies from state and national leaders and clinicians at the forefront of value-based care in pediatrics to integrate care and improve outcomes. Morning plenary speakers and afternoon breakout sessions will focus on the most effective ways to improve child health and to support the use of medical homes. Featuring Key Note Speakers: Sue Birch, RN, MBA, director, Washington State Health Care Authority; and Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, Providence St. Joseph Health


AAP Excellence in Public Service Award: Rep. Dave Reichert
Robyn Rogers, MD, FAAP
Member, WCAAP Legislative Committee
Congressman recognized for commitment to child health

On August 2, I was honored to present Congressman Dave Reichert with the American Academy of Pediatrics' Excellence in Public Service Award (EPSA). Representing 67,000 pediatricians across the country, The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to optimizing the physical, mental and social health and well-being for all children. A key element to fulfill this mission is legislative advocacy. 


Best Practice Guidance: How to Respond to Vaccine Deniers in Public
Edgar Marcuse, MD, MPH, FPIDS, FAAP
Helpful guide, plus a new vaccines resource

The World Health Organization (WHO) has prepared a useful, comprehensive guide:  How to Respond to Vaccine Deniers in Public. It's 44 easy-to-read pages, divided into 11 brief chapters is an excellent primer should you consider taking on this task.
The authors caution us not to engage with these folks in public forums unless you have prepared and have had media training. But sometimes one has to or is caught by surprise.

High Risk Care Management at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Jamie Kautz, MSW, LICSW 
Director, Pediatric Care Continuum
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network
Using the UW AIMS model to improve care for kids

In 2018, Mary Bridge ushered in a targeted program for patients and families receiving care in our high volume sub-specialty clinics.  The High Risk Care Management (HRCM) program is based on both the University of Washington's AIMS model and existing understanding of the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on pediatric chronic illness.

Researchers at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and the Somali Health Board are recruiting VFC providers in King County to take their e-course entitled: "HPV Vaccination: Framing the Conversation for East African Families."  Participants will receive continuing education credits as well as a $25 Starbucks gift card for completing the course, and feedback will be used to evaluate the course content. For more information and to download the flyer for the course, click here.  
AAP Seeks Participants for Study about Teen Marijuana and Media Use: The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence is seeking pediatric clinicians to participate in a research study to develop and test a primary care intervention for adolescent marijuana use. Clinicians will be trained in a screening and brief counseling intervention for marijuana or media use and asked to enroll up to 100 adolescents ages 13-18 during well or non-urgent sick visits. Parent and teen follow-up surveys will be done by research staff. Information gained from this study will inform the development of a future large-scale trial of primary care counseling to reduce adolescent marijuana use. To learn more, please contact Kristen Kaseeska at 630-626-6269 or
Nominate a 2018 HPV Vaccine Champion: Nominate a clinician, clinic, practice, group, or health system that treats adolescents in Washington for the award. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nominee must have achieved minimum vaccination coverage of 60% for HPV series completion among female and male patients aged 13-15 seen in the last 24 months (as of 6/30/18). This will be verified through the IIS. If the nominee is an individual clinician, the verification will be based on their clinic HPV vaccination coverage.  The nomination packet includes the application and full details, including eligibility criteria. 
Safe drug disposal: The website Take Back Your Meds is specific to the state of Washington, and the Take Back Day website is sponsored by the federal government.  Both enable patients to enter zip code and then find local pharmacies or other facilities where they can return/dispose of unused medications, including controlled substances. For an update on where things currently stand with our state's Drug Take Back Program, which needs to be up and running by 2019 per HB 1047, you can visit this DOH page.   

Save the Date:  Medication-Assisted Treatment for Adolescents with Opioid Use Disorders
September 19, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm
Harborview R&T Building - Auditorium
The opioid epidemic in Seattle & King County includes adolescent and young adults who account for an increasing number of treatment admissions and deaths. Addicted adults often start using as adolescents. In July 2018, the Pediatric Clinics at Harborview Medicine Center began offering office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) for their patients with four Suboxone-waivered pediatricians. This panel discussion will bring together local experts in substance abuse including clinicians, researchers, and community partners with a particular interest in adolescent and young adults. Registration information coming soon! 

Depression screening webinar:  To encourage more depression screening, Washington's Medicaid health plans now reimburse for adolescent depression screens with CPT code 96127.  If you are considering incorporating depression screenings into your practice, we have a new webinar training available, thanks to generous support from Amerigroup: Register Online.


Coming Up: WCAAP Committee Meetings
Join us! Committees are a great way to meet other members and get involved with Chapter work! Watch this space for upcoming meeting dates and times for Chapter committees and interest groups. Most committees meet by phone for one hour. 

Health Care Transformation Committee 
 September 18- 8:00-9:00am
Meets by telephone
Contact Mike Dudas or Francie Chalmers to learn more.

Legislative Affairs Committee
Meets weekly by phone during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly by phone during the interim
Next phone meeting September 4, 7:00-8:00am
Contact Lelach Rave or Beth Ebel to learn more. 

Early Learning Committee 
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact Diane Liebe to learn more. 

Sustainability & Engagement Committee 
August 28 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Kim Hauff to learn more. 
Vaccine Committee
Meets 2x/year
Contact John Dunn to learn more. 

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