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Advocacy Update: Advocacy Day Report
Beth Ebel, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAP
Co-Chair, WCAAP Legislative Committee

Once again, WCAAP's Advocacy Day was a great success! Nearly 100 Chapter members from 29 of Washington's 49 legislative districts braved the snow to travel to Olympia for a day of action as advocates for children. Many were first-time attendees, and we had a dynamic group of resident pediatricians who strode into legislative offices like seasoned pros. Our sincere thanks to each of you for making the time to join us.

Use Your Doctor Voice
Robyn K. Rogers, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist
Inpatient Pediatric Services
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital


Doctors like to talk. We talk to our patients, their families, our multidisciplinary team members, each other. We particularly like to talk about what troubles or frustrates us, the recurrent problems we repeatedly see in our work and potential solutions we envision. But much of this speech stays in the silo of medicine. 

Special Populations and Vaccine Hesitancy Workgroup
Michelle Izumizaki, MPH
Program Manager, WCAAP 


WCAAP is participating in the Washington State Department of Health's Special Populations and Vaccine Hesitancy Workgroup. The workgroup is led by the Center of Public Affairs whose mission is to safeguard the health of the public of Washington State, including immigrant and refugee communities, by preventing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease.

REACH Project: Behavioral Health in Washington
Emily Kemper, MD
Pediatric Resident
Seattle Children's Hospital

As part of Seattle Children's Pediatric Residency Program's track focusing on community health and advocacy, I recently had the opportunity to talk to dedicated primary care pediatricians across the state about their experiences treating mental and behavioral health. I heard from pediatricians across the state, rural and urban, large and small practices. 

Talking with Kids About Recreational Drug Use
Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics 
Seattle Children's Hospital
Clinical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine

Parents talk with their kids about a wide variety of topics related to safety. Everything from brushing teeth, to the dangers of texting and driving. Talking about drug use is a topic that can be challenging to approach. We want our children to understand the risks while at the same time create opportunities for them to be comfortable coming to us with questions.

WCAAP/Seattle Children's Collaborate for Community Pediatrics "Speed Dating" Event with Residents
Samara Jinks Chang, MD
Pediatric Resident
Seattle Children's Hospital

In an effort to provide additional exposure to community pediatrics for Seattle Children's (SCH) pediatric residents, the Washington Chapter of the AAP partnered this past January with residents to host their fourth annual Community Pediatrics "Speed Dating" mixer. The event brought together pediatric residents and community pediatricians from across the greater Seattle area for dinner, socializing, and a speed-dating style meet-and-greet.

Member Spotlight: Tsering Lhewa, MD, FAAP

Tsering Lhewa, MD, FAAP grew up in a Tibetan community in the Himalayan foothills of north India before moving to Southwest Washington during middle school and has since called the Evergreen State home. He did his undergraduate studies at Whitman College, medical school at University of Washington and pediatric residency at Oregon Health & Science University.


Don't miss this recent Op-Ed in the Seattle Times by Drs. Frederick P. Rivara and Ali Rowhani Rahbar about practical ways to reduce firearm violence. An important topic and excellent advice. 

Child Maltreatment Peer Learning Team webinar seriesA great opportunity to learn about research in progress related to ACEs and child maltreatment prevention. In each session, you will learn about the research topic and methodology, and have the opportunity to engage with the researchers to share your ideas and questions! All webinars are one hour, free and open to prevention professionals and researchers in child maltreatment prevention. Presenters will describe research in progress and take questions from attendees. To register, visit the website. 
Pediatric Providers & Census 2020: Webinar from the AAP's Council on Community Pediatrics about the upcoming 2020 Census, why many go uncounted, why it matters, and how pediatric providers can help. 
Date: Wednesday 2/19/2020
Time: 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

Congratulations New Fellows! 
Elizabeth Abernathy, MD, FAAP
Michael Alston, MD, FAAP
Kate Arbon, MD, FAAP
Jonathan Berry, MD, FAAP
Kelly Dundon, MD, FAAP
Kendell German, MD, FAAP
Melissa Horton, DO, FAAP
Alyssa Ludke, MD, FAAP
Erika Lund, MD, FAAP
Julie Reichard, MD, FAAP
David Schneider, MD, FAAP

Registration is open! North Pacific Pediatric Society (NPPS) 200th conference
o Date: April 25-26, 2020
o Location: Charter Hotel, Seattle
o Details: The NPPS 100th anniversary conference will take place at the Charter Hotel, and is featuring keynote speaker Congresswoman Kim Schrier. Learn more and register on the NPPS website

WCAAP WebinarsView 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 for one hour. 

Health Care Transformation Committee 
TBD - contact Tatiana Sarkhosh for meeting details
Meets quarterly by telephone
Contact Francie Chalmers to learn more about the committee.

Legislative Affairs Committee
February 11, 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 
March 24 - 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. 

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