January 2019
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President's Message: WCAAP in 2020
Elizabeth Meade, MD, FAAP
President, WCAAP 

The start of a new year gives us a chance to think about new opportunities, fresh beginnings, and to reflect on what went well in the last 12 months and what changes we want to make. I am thrilled to say that when I reflect on WCAAP's 2019 year, so many strengths and accomplishments come to mind.

Advocacy Update: 5 Ways to Advocate in 2020
Jennifer Donahue
Communications Manager, WCAAP 

The Washington State Legislature will kick off its 2020 session next Monday, and 100+ WCAAP advocates will be in Olympia the very next day to remind legislators to put kids first. But even if you can't be in Olympia for Advocacy Day on January 14th, you can still play an important role as an advocate this session. Here are 5 easy actions you can take to speak up for kids:

2020 Legislative Priorities:
Extending Post-Partum Medicaid Coverage for New Mothers
Sarah Rafton, MSW
Executive Director, WCAAP 

As WCAAP gears up for the 2020 legislative session, we have updated our 2020 legislative priorities to include extending post-partum Medicaid coverage from sixty days to one year. Currently, new mothers living at or below 198% of the Federal Poverty Level receive coverage during pregnancy and sixty days post-partum; this proposal would extend coverage to one year and would benefit over 5,000 women in the state each year.

Giving Tuesday: Thank You! 

WCAAP's work can't happen without the support of our members. Your generous gifts of time and expertise fuel our work on behalf of Washington's kids, families and pediatric providers. And thanks to your financial support on Giving Tuesday (December 3rd) we can continue to make a meaningful impact on child health in our state!  We are grateful!

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.

Schools, Child Cares Have New Immunization Rules
Danielle Koenig
Health Promotion Supervisor
Center for Public Affairs
Washington State Department of Health

Changes effective August 2020

The way schools collect immunization records and comply with immunization rules will be different this school year. Effective August 1, 2020, these three major changes will go into effect:
  • All new immunization records from students need to be medically verified.
  • The definition of "conditional status" has been clarified.
  • The Tdap vaccine requirement for 6th graders has been changed to a 7th grade requirement.

Eat, Sleep, and Console: 
A New Approach to Neonatal Opiate Withdrawal Syndrome
Lisa McGill-Vargas, MD
Sacred Heart Medical Center

As opioid use has increased to epidemic proportions, in utero exposure has also increased, leading to growing numbers of opioid-exposed newborns who often present with withdrawal symptoms or neonatal opiate withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), also called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Traditionally infants with NOWS have been admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for lengthy assessments and pharmacologic treatment. Morphine solution is the most common drug therapy, and once it is started, infants undergo a slow methodical wean, prolonging hospital stays as long as 16 to 23 days.

Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help
Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH, FAAP
Clinical Director - Division of Adolescent Medicine
Seattle Children's Hospital

Eating disorders aren't a passing fad or a lifestyle choice. These serious illnesses result from a complex interaction of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological and social factors.
And they don't discriminate - eating disorders affect males and females, young and old, and people of any socio-economic status. Even people with BMI in the normal or higher range can have eating disorders.

CATCH grant applications due next week! 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. Visit http://bit.ly/catchproposalsduejan15 to learn how to apply. Questions? Contact our state's CATCH facilitators Francie Chalmers, MD, FAAP or Brad Hood, MD, FAAP. 

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

Support for new moms
Did you know PAL offers free consults for providers caring for patients with behavioral health needs during pregnancy and postpartum? Learn about PAL for Moms here. Also, there will be a free Perinatal Mental Health Traininin Richland - January 30. More info here! 

New MOC Part 4 Initiative - Opportunity for Pediatric Office Practices to Improve Disaster Preparedness.  Additional information about this opportunity is available online, including an MOC Recruitment PowerPoint that describes the requirements for participation. After confirming participation in this initiative, an email will be sent prompting the participant to complete a required Environmental Scan that is due Monday, January 20, 2020. Participants will be asked to complete the full initiative in 6 months. It is expected that about 10 hours of work would be needed to complete the initiative. Questions can be directed to DisasterMOC@texaschildrens.org.

ConferenceNational Indian Child Welfare Association: Registration is open for the 38th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. 
March 29-April 1 in Denver, Colo. Register here.

WCAAP WebinarsView 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 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
January 21, 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. 

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! 
  • Behavioral Health Integration Training - February 28 - contact Tatiana Sarkhosh to learn more! 
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