December 2020
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Advocacy Update: We Need Your Help!
Jennifer Donahue
Communications Manager, WCAAP

There's just one month left before the 2021 session starts. The legislative session will be conducted mostly virtually with a very limited amount of in-person work happening in Olympia. It may be more difficult to connect with legislators in this virtual context and we know that children and families' growing needs outstrip state revenue, so it is imperative that we make an impact right from the start!

Equipping Providers With the Best Principles in Infection Prevention
Frank Bell, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician
WCAAP Board of Trustees, Swedish Hospital Representative

Series starts December 16th at 7:00-7:30am! 
WCAAP has been invited to work with the CDC in presenting Project Firstline, an educational program in Infection Prevention aiming to reach every healthcare worker in the US. As a partner in this initiative, WCAAP will provide a virtual training program, December through March, built on the success of this year's WCAAP COVID Community Pediatrics calls which have concluded. For this program we will also partner with the Washington State Nurses Association, WSNA, extending invitations to Healthcare Staff working with WCAAP members including nurses, MAs, and other interested parties. 

Behavioral Health Updates
Tatiana Sarkhosh, MPH
Program Manager, WCAAP

Behavioral Health Integration Networking and Collaboration Group 
Thanks to the support from Amerigroup Washington, the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Networking and Collaboration Group was able to meet monthly in 2020 to discuss different topics related to establishing, managing, and refining BHI programs in pediatric primary care settings. 

Help Me Grow Moves Toward Statewide Expansion
Diane Liebe, MD, FAAP
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician
Co-chair, WCAAP Early Childhood Committee

Help Me Grow (HMG) is a national strategy focused on "offering families seamless access to community services and supports so they can easily connect to the resources they need, when they need them."  Washington State has been actively engaged in HMG activities for the past 10 years.  However, with recent additional support and grant funding, Washington State is now moving towards 
full statewide HMG implementation. 

Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) is a potentially devastating viral infection with a high incidence and low awareness. It is the most frequent cause of congenital infection in the world with an incidence of 1 in 200. This is a higher incidence than any of the other 35 disorders on the Recommended Universal Screening Panel or on the Washington State Newborn Screening Panel. Approximately 40-50% of the population is exposed to this virus before adulthood.  Since symptoms can be mild, individuals may unknowingly be infected and shed the virus.

Equity and Anti-Racism Resources

This month's resources come from WCAAP Communications Manager Jennifer Donahue: 

History is big in my house - both of my sons are interested in history and one will graduate college in June with a history degree and the goal to pursue a PhD in African History. (The photo to the right is from the archives - they are much bigger now!) 

Thanks to some thought-provoking dinner table conversations over the years - and especially this year - I've  committed myself to "un-learning" the history I was taught in school and re-learning from other perspectives. I recently stumbled onto a podcast from Teaching Tolerance called "Teaching Hard History." I've only listened to a few episodes so far, and while it is geared toward educators I have found that the storytelling is excellent, the presenters don't shy away from complex questions, and there are tons of resources listed with each episode. It is a worthwhile listen for anyone who is interested in learning more about our country's hard history. 

The second resource I recommend is the November 12 SCH Grand Rounds Addressing Racial Inequities in Our Own Community, with Drs. Shaquita Bell, Anisa Ibrahim, Fabiola Movius, and Christina Pease. Hearing about the barriers people in our communities face, especially in the context of COVID-19, and what these physicians are doing in their own clinics was eye opening and inspiring. I also really appreciated the call to action - I'm not a health care provider, but there are things I can change in my position at WCAAP and in my own community. 
Well-being Resources
From WCAAP's Provider Wellness Resources page, here are a few 1-minute options: 

Do you have more time? Check out our Wellness page for tools, resources and exercises for 5, 10, or 30 minutes. 

Grand Rounds: The UW Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry next Grand Rounds is
tomorrow, December 4: Can We Prevent the School to Prison Pipeline in WA State? 25 Years of the Fast Track RCT. The full 2020-2021 schedule and link to join can be found here. 

AAP Town HallsThe AAP has launched a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The December 3 session focused on COVID-19 vaccine and can be viewed here
AAP/CDC Webinar: "Now is the Time! Flu Vaccination for People with Special Healthcare Needs and Disabilities Webinar," December 9th from 10am-11am PT. The webinar will provide the latest info on routine flu vaccination recommendations; safely vaccinating during the COVID-19 pandemic; flu activity and surveillance; and why flu vaccination for people with special healthcare needs and disabilities, and those who care for them, is more important than ever. Please click here
to register!

AAP Virtual Office Hour: "Responding to the Pandemic of Mental Health Needs - Providing High-Quality Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents via Telehealth." December 10, 2020, 12 - 12:30 pm PT. Session 1 topic: Using Telehealth to Respond to Mental Health Challenges during COVID-19. Register here.

ECHO: "Practical Approaches for Addressing Adolescent Substance Use and Prevention ECHO"
Join the AAP Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Substance Use ECHO program. Participants will gain the tools and resources needed to help adolescent patients avoid and reduce the immense risk and harm associated with substance use.
Details on this flyerContact: 

Autism COE CertificationSeattle Children's Autism Center experts provide the Autism Center of Excellence (COE) trainings, in partnership with communities, through a contract with the Health Care Authority (HCA). Because of COVID-19 concerns, we have currently moved the COE training to a hybrid online model.  The next training will be on Friday, February 12, 2021, 9am-4pm. Learn more here

ECHO: ECHO Autism Washington utilizes the innovative Project ECHO hub and spokes learning model to telementor clinicians in all parts of Washington State. Through case-based learning and didactics, Echo Autism WA course faculty experts guide practitioners in the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Medical and psychiatric providers who have a Center of Excellence (COE) provider designation and serve children with Medicaid/Apple Health Insurance are eligible to participate. Details on this flyer.

Survey: The detention of children at the U.S. Southern border remains a important public health problem facing children and pediatric providers. A research team at Johns Hopkins is working to characterize clinicians' experiences caring for children crossing the U.S. Southern border who may have experienced detention and family separation. The survey can be accessed at this link: The Health of Immigrant Children in US ICE, CBP, and ORR Custody -- A Survey

CME: King County Medical Society presents "Racial Disparities in Practicing Medicine" CME on December 12, 8:00am-3:30pm. For more information, visit their website or email us at [email protected].

Learning Collaborative: Safe Sleep and Naps Using Guidelines to Lead and Educate (SSNUGLE) is a 6-month learning collaborative focused on improving delivery of safe infant sleep recommendations and anticipatory guidance for families of infants ages birth through 6 months. The AAP seeks up to 12 primary care pediatric practices to join from January 2021 through June 2021. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2020. Pediatric Practice Team Application 

Write for us! WCAAP's Developments welcomes member submissions and suggestions. If you have a topic you are passionate about, expertise to share, or a community organization you think others might like to know about, contact us to submit your article or idea!

WCAAP Webinars: View archived WCAAP 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 or Zoom for one hour. 

Health Care Transformation Committee 
December 15, 8:00-9:00am - contact Ariana Salaiz for meeting details
Meets quarterly by telephone/Zoom
Contact Francie Chalmers to learn more about the committee.

Legislative Affairs Committee
January 5, 7:00-8:00am
Meets weekly by Zoom during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly by Zoom during the interim + ad hoc as needed
Contact Crystal Shen or Beth Ebel to learn more about the committee. 

Early Childhood Committee 
December 14, 7:00-8:00pm
Meets periodically by phone/Zoom, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more about the committee. 

Membership Engagement Committee 
January 19, 12:00-1:00pm
Meets quarterly by phone/Zoom
Contact Rishi Mistry or Wei-Jen Hsieh to learn more about the committee. 
Vaccine Committee
December 18, 7:00-8:00am
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more about the committee. 

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