December 2019
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December Advocacy Update: Getting Ready for the 2020 Session
Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH, FAAP
Co-chair, WCAAP Legislative Committee

Welcome to the December Advocacy Update! First, we are looking forward to an amazing Advocacy Day in Olympia on January 14th! Our sincere thanks to Amerigroup and Molina Healthcare for sponsoring this annual event. We are putting together a great lineup of speakers - including Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson - and also invite participants who are staying in Olympia the night before to join colleagues for an informal get-together. We will be holding a pre-Advocacy Day prep webinar on December 18th. Details will be sent to registered participants.

We need your help - testify! 
If you have a few hours open in your schedule during the legislative session, are able to travel to Olympia and are interested in being notified about opportunities to testify before legislative committees about issues pertaining to child health and well being, please let Jennifer Donahue know. You can reach her at or 206-713-1087. WCAAP staff will help you prepare your testimony and walk you through the process. 

Board Nominations
Julian Ayer, MD, FAAP
Secretary, WCAAP Board of Trustees
Board Nominations Committee

We are currently seeking pediatric health care providers who are interested in serving on the WCAAP Board of Trustees. The current board of trustees consists of 5 officers, 14 trustees from around the state, and representatives from the state's  children's hospitals.  As terms expire, we will have openings for 2 trustees and a secretary on the board, and we are seeking nominations to fill these roles.

K-CHIP Update: Adolescent Immunizations Learning Collaborative
Tatiana Sarkhosh, MPH
Program Manager, WCAAP

Now recruiting clinics for our second cohort! 

We are halfway through our first cohort cycle of the King County Child Health Improvement Partnership adolescent immunizations learning collaborative! Participating clinics include Valley Medical Center - Covington Clinic South; Neighborcare Health - Columbia City; Mary Bridge Pediatrics - Covington; and Pediatrics Northwest - Federal Way.

Register for our 2020 Advocacy Day! 

Join us in Olympia on January 14, 2020! 

At WCAAP's Advocacy Day, you can make a difference in the lives of all kids in Washington.

Join us in Olympia on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for a chance to connect with other pediatric health care providers around the state, hear from legislative champions for kids, and speak directly with lawmakers. Washington's Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, will be our featured speaker. All you need to bring is your commitment to kids - we'll handle the details of the day.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Amerigroup and our supporting sponsor, Molina Healthcare

Changes to State Immunization Rules for Schools and Childcares

WCAAP offers short learning collaborative 

The State Board of Health (SBOH) has approved changes to Chapter 246-105 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) concerning school and child care immunization policy. These rules apply to all public and private schools and licensed child care centers in Washington State.

A Pediatrician's Take on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Diane Liebe, MD, FAAP
Co-chair, WCAAP Early Childhood Committee

When my husband suggested that we consider spending a week on Whidbey Island this summer working on "Mindfulness," I have to admit I had no idea what I was getting into.  As a family physician, he had spent time reading Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Full Catastrophe Living," recognizing how the approach could help his patients.  He understood more about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) process and was intrigued to see if he could find a personal benefit.  Me... I was just along for the ride, right?

Living into the Tensions of "Primary Care Behavioral Health"
Blake Edwards, MSMFT, LMFT

Lessons about implementing primary care behavioral health

Editor's note: In October, executives from migrant health centers across the U.S. joined in Asheville, North Carolina, for the annual Migrant Health Best Practices Forum. The theme was "innovation." Topics presented included "Using Data and Technology to Transform the Care of Farmworkers Living with Diabetes," "Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare Workers: An Experimental Approach to Mindfulness," "Patient Experience and Journey Mapping Strategies," "Employee Wellness," and more.

Blake Edwards, who served as the lead behavioral health champion for Washington's Pediatric Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (P-TCPi), presented, "Primary Care Behavioral Health: Living into the Tensions." We asked Blake to share a snapshot of what he presented:

New Combination Vaccine

Excerpted by Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPH, FPIDS, FAAP from the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society:

A biologics license application for a hexavalent vaccine (Vaxelis) was approved and licensed by the FDA on December 21, 2018. The vaccine contains diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP), inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib polyribosylribitol phosphate-outer membrane protein [PRP-OMP]), and hepatitis B (HepB). The vaccine is the product of a joint venture with Merck and Sanofi Pasteur (Lyon, France).

Member Spotlight: Peter Asante, MD, FAAP

Peter Asante, MD, FAAP grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with his parents, originally fro
m Ghana, and three brothers. He studied biological anthropology and Spanish at Harvard University and attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh with an area of concentration in underserved populations, followed by residency at Seattle Children's. He currently practices at Yakima Pediatrics.

CATCH grant cycle now open. The 2020 cycle for Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)Planning, Implementation and Resident Grants opened Nov. 1. Grants of up to $10,000 for pediatricians and fellowship trainees and $2,000 for pediatric residents are available for innovative initiatives that address critical child health issues, engage diverse community partners and provide access to health services not otherwise available in communities. Applications are due Jan. 15.
  • AAP pediatrician fellow/AAP fellowship trainee.
  • AAP national and chapter member (must be member prior to funding being awarded).
  • General pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical subspecialists, and fellowship trainees from the United States and its territories and Canada.
  • Residents who are in their 1st or 2nd year of residency on November 1.
  • 3rd-year residents may apply as co-applicants, or as primary applicants if they will be chief resident in their 4th year.
  • Is led by a pediatrician or pediatric resident.
  • Focuses on building strong community partnerships.
  • Serves those who are underserved/experience health disparities.
  • Provides access to services that lead to optimal child health and well-being.
  • Has measurable outcomes.
  • Plans for sustainability.
 Visit to learn how to apply. Questions? Contact our state's CATCH facilitators Francie Chalmers, MD, FAAP or Brad Hood, MD, FAAP. 

Congratulations New Fellows! 
Emily Brown, MD, FAAP
Wasan Daimi, MD, FAAP
Sanyukta Desai, MD, FAAP
Ngebi Fobi, MD, FAAP
Deepti Gupta, MD, FAAP
Allison LaRoche, MD, FAAP
Richy Lee, MD, FACS, FAAP - Surgery Specialty Fellow
Sabrina Middleton, MD, FAAP
George Vana, MD, FAAP
Jessica Wall, MD, FAAP - Emergency Specialty Fellow

A care pathway tool aims to improve coordination and identification of children experiencing mental health crisis in rural emergency care settings, but pediatricians can use it in other settings, too. Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department, A Care Pathway Resource Toolkit also assists general pediatricians working with administrators and emergency care providers in the medical home. Access the toolkit at

The AAP Oral Health Prevention Primer is an interactive online tool for pediatricians. It provides answers to common questions about payment for services, insight on collaboration with and roles of oral health allies and advocacy for community oral health disease prevention. Visit

  • If you missed WCAAP's July webinar with the Department of Health regarding the new MMR exemption law, you can now view a recording online
  • View our other webinars, on topics like motivational interviewing, brief parent management training, autism screening, and adolescent and maternal depression screening here: .

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 
December 17 - 8:00-9:00am - contact Tatiana Sarkhosh for meeting details
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Francie Chalmers to learn more about the committee.

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

Early Childhood Committee 
Meets periodically by phone, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more about the committee. 

Membership Engagement Committee 
December 17 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets quarterly by telephone
Contact Kim Hauff or Wei-Jen Hsieh to learn more about the committee. 
Vaccine Committee
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more about the committee. 

News & Events
What's Happening? 
We bring education and networking events to providers all over Washington. Find all of our latest upcoming events plus offerings from our partners around the state on our website's Events page! 
  • December 18 - Pre-Advocacy Day Webinar
  • January 14, 2020 - WCAAP Advocacy Day - Registration is open! 
  • Behavioral Health Integration Training - February date TBD
  • Effective Partnership with Russian and Ukrainian Families on Vaccines - May date TBD
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