February 2021
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Advocacy Day 2021! 
Stacy Tarango, MD, FAAP
Trustee, WCAAP Board

On Advocacy Day 2021, I poured a cup of coffee, affixed my trusty "The Kids Sent Me" button to my sweater, and opened up my laptop. There was no pre-dawn flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac, no digging through my closet for a suit and a white coat, and no impromptu night at a Katy Perry concert where most of the fans could be our patients. While seeing 90+ colleagues from around the state in little Zoom squares wasn't as much fun as seeing them in person at the Capitol, this challenging year makes me all the more grateful to be part of this community of dedicated pediatricians.

Help for Parents: Talking With Children About Distressing Events
Chris Ladish, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist & Chief Clinical Officer of Pediatric Behavioral Health
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network

For many months, we have seen images and watched news that is both concerning and incredibly distressing, from the ongoing pandemic and the protests and unrest over the summer to a contentious election cycle and the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol in early January.
Managing distress related to this unrelenting stream of events in our nation can be challenging for adults and children. Parents may struggle with how to talk with their children when events like these take place. Here are a few suggested guidelines providers can share with parents to support their children:

WCAAP/WSNA Project Firstline Infection Prevention - Feb 10 & 24

February 10 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 am
WCAAP and the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) have partnered to bring CDC's Project Firstline infection prevention curriculum to Washington State medical providers who care for children.
This Wednesday 2/10
This Wednesday's webinar will cover masking & safe vaccine administration. We will start with COVID-19 and variants, talk about the need for continued vigilance and care to avoid transmission, and discuss masks both within our clinics and out and about in the community. Next, we'll talk about COVID-19 vaccine administration, including:
  • Safe vaccine practices for providers & health care staff
  • Standard precautions for staff administering vaccines
  • Hand hygiene, use of multi-dose vaccine vials, and safe sharps practices.
Finally, we'll give a quick preview our upcoming 2/24 webinar on COVID-19 vaccine with Drs. Ed Marcuse and John Dunn, which will last one full hour instead of our usual 30 minutes (7:00-8:00AM)
Please join us! This project is open to all who are involved in caring for kids - physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, MAs.
Next meetings:
Weds, February 10, 7:00am-7:30am
Weds, February 24, 7:00am-8:00am
Registration is required to join the meetings. To register, please use this link. 

We Are Project Firstline

To learn more, please contact Imad Jobah at [email protected].

WCAAP Oral Health Resources
Charlotte Lewis, MD, FAAP
WCAAP Oral Health Key Contact

Pediatricians are well suited to incorporate oral health into their practice because they see children regularly and particularly often during the first 3 years of life. Oral health anticipatory guidance fits nicely with pediatricians' emphasis on prevention and early establishment of lifelong healthy habits. Drs. Charlotte Lewis and Anu Vijay have received a grant from the AAP to further education on oral health topics for AAP members. 
This educational material for providers and patients is available on WCAAP.org and we will continue to add information on common oral health problems and emergencies and providing oral health education and fluoride varnish in clinic - including how to maximize reimbursement. This grant provides preliminary funding for what we hope will be an ongoing process of increasing oral health awareness among primary care providers. 
We will be adding recorded webinars soon, so check back often: https://wcaap.org/physicians/oral-health/

WCAAP Equity Work Group Resources - Coming Soon! 

WCAAP's Equity Work Group has curated resources to advance equitable care and WCAAP's Toolkit for Equitable Care will be released later in March. To help make the Toolkit interactive and useful, WCAAP is hosting quarterly talks on topics of equity and antiracism. Save the dates and watch for Zoom link/registration info coming soon!

March 31, 7-8AM: Educating Providers in Equity & Racism
Dr. Roberto E. Montenegro, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Director of Mental Health Services, Echo Glen Children's Center
Associate Director, Bias Reduction in Curricular Content, UWSOM
Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine

June 30, 7-8AM: Physical Space within Clinics & Hospitals
Kari Thorsen, Principal
ZGF Architects LLP

September 29, 7-8AM: Safe and Effective Care
speaker TBD

December 8, 7-8AM: Undoing Institutionalized Racism in Health Care Organizations
speaker TBD

Thank you to WCAAP board president Elizabeth Meade for sharing this anti-racism resource: 

MedEdPORTAL has a collection of articles about racism in medicine, racist systems and microaggressions, and how to incorporate discussion of racism and anti-racism in medical education. I love that it is a curated collection that helps health care providers incorporate anti-racist and equity-focused lenses into their daily work - whether that is patient-facing, in teaching scenarios with learners, or among their colleagues and staff. 


Interrupted sleep disrupts life and impacts health and well-being. This short video from Dr. Jud Brewer, from the Brown University Mindfulness Center, talks about anxiety, sleep, and how you can calm your nervous system to get adequate rest with 3 simple tips and a guided body scan.

For more well-being resources, visit our web page! https://wellness.wcaap.org/

As part of the "Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care" project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering free assistance to pediatric health professionals on the following topics:
  • Implementation of telehealth and distant care services in pediatric practice
  • Implementation of telehealth and teleconsultation for behavioral/mental health services
  • Use of telehealth to support adolescent health promotion
  • Use of telehealth for children and youth with special health care needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities, and medical complexities
  • Use of telehealth in pediatric practices serving rural and underserved communities
Technical assistance services can include connection to tools and resources and subject matter experts. Email [email protected] for assistance requests. Please note, the AAP does not endorse or support the use of any specific telehealth technology and does not provide technical assistance on the use of any one specific telehealth technology.

February 18 - Seattle Children's Grand Rounds: An Anti-Racist Imperative for Pediatrics: Challenging Symbolic Diversity; Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP; American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Council on Communications and Media. Webex link and more information!

AAP Town HallsThe AAP has a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The February 4 session focused on addressing uncertainty and looking ahead to year 2.  

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 is this Friday, February 12, 2021, 9am-4pm. Learn more here

COVID-19 AAP Advocacy Report, Eighth Edition: Please see the latest edition of the AAP Advocacy Report. All prior COVID-19 advocacy reports, letters, and advocacy resources pertaining to the pandemic can be found on the AAP COVID-19 Advocacy page.

Women's Wellness through Equity and Leadership-Applications Due February 22: Led by the AAP, the Women's Wellness through Equity and Leadership project (WEL) is a collaborative effort among 10 leading US medical associations. WEL leaders are currently recruiting the next cohort and are seeking a diverse group of 50 early- to mid-career women physicians who will engage in networking, mentorship, and training around leadership, equity, and wellness. Find more information and applyContact:Dr Fan Tait, Chief Medical Officer
Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids Course Promotion: The AAP PediaLink course, Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids, educates pediatricians about best practices in caring for, and supporting families affected by prenatal opioid exposure. The course topics, opioid use disorder (OUD) as a chronic condition, strategies for engaging birth parents in treatment for OUD, care coordination, and discharge planning for the mother-infant dyad, align with the recommendations in the AAP newly released clinical report, Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Contact: Clara Petrisor in Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
2021 NCE Revised Call for Session Proposals-Due February 17: The AAP launched the 2021 National Conference website which includes the revisedCall for Session Proposals. Find details and links to the online submission site. New or revised session proposals and section/council program requests will be accepted through February 17 at 11:59 pm CT. Contact:Katie Kovacs in Live Education Activities 
Call for AAP Committee Members-Nominations Due February 19: Visit the Committee Nominations webpage to find information about the current open positions and the process for submitting a nomination. Member appointments will take place at the May 2021 Board Meeting and new member terms will begin on July 1, 2021. Contact:Nicole Muller in CEO Administration
Senior Pediatrician Child Advocacy Award-Nominations Due February 12: Don't miss the nomination deadline for the 2021 Senior Section Donald Schiff, MD, FAAP, Child Advocacy Award. Chapters are encouraged to submit one nomination to recognize and honor an outstanding senior pediatrician Fellow of the AAP actively engaged in advocacy to improve the lives of children. Find submission guidelines in the announcement. Additionally, view the criteria sheet and past recipientsContact:Susan Eizenga in Member Operations & Data Services

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: https://wcaap.org/webinars.

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 
February 19, 8:00-9:00am 
March 16, 8:00-9:00am
Meets quarterly by Zoom
Contact Thatcher Felt or Rick Levine to learn more about the committee.

Legislative Affairs Committee
February 16, 7:00-8:00am
Meets weekly via Zoom during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly via Zoom during the interim + ad hoc as needed
Contact Crystal Shen or Beth Ebel to learn more about the committee. 

Early Childhood Committee 
Contact Edna Maddalena for meeting info
Meets periodically via Zoom
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more about the committee. 

Membership Engagement Committee 
February 25, 3:00-4:00pm
Meets monthly via Zoom
Contact Cora Breuner to learn more about the committee. 
Vaccine Committee
Meets periodically via Zoom- Contact Ariana Salaiz for meeting info
Contact John Dunn to learn more about the committee. 

News & Events
What's Happening? 
Don't miss WCAAP's upcoming (virtual) events:  

Save these dates - more information coming soon! 

  • March 10 - Project Firstline 
  • March 24 - Project Firstline
  • March 31 - Educating Providers in Equity & Racism
  • June 30 - Physical Space within Clinics & Hospitals
  • September 29 - Safe and Effective Care
  • December 8 - Undoing Institutionalized Racism in Health Care Organizations
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