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July 2020
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Recommended Reading
Elizabeth Meade, MD, FAAP
President, WCAAP Board of Trustees

As pediatricians, we are deeply aware of the incredible value books have in showing children worlds that are different than their own, expanding their thinking, and teaching them the values we want them to carry forward into adult life. Here is a wonderfully curated reading list from Healthy Children for children of all ages on topics ranging from expressing emotions to racism and social justice. We hope this can be a resource to share with the families you care for, and to use in your own homes if you are looking for new books to share with your family.



Legislative Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19
Crystal Shen, MD, MPH, FAAP
Co-chair, WCAAP Legislative Committee

In light of the projected Washington revenue shortfall of $4.5 billion dollars, multiple budget cuts have been proposed by the Health Care Authority (HCA) which would impact children. These cuts include funding for access to care for undocumented children, interpreter services, maternity services, the PAL referral line, and more.



Preventing Medicine Misuse and Alcohol and Drug Use at Home
Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH, FAAP
Seattle Children's Adolescent Medicine Team

These are unusually challenging and stressful times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way humanity lives, upended our patterns for work and school, and rewired our relationships. We are adapting to these new norms during an emotional reckoning about societal injustice and systemic racism. Teens in particular are grappling with the loss of normal personal connections with peers and heightened worries about the future and their place in it.



Rapid Behavioral Health Learning Series for PCPs
Frances Chalmers, MD, FAAP
Co-chair, WCAAP Health Care Transformation Committee

In early April, while clinicians were deep in the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WCAAP responded to provider requests, funded, and delivered a Rapid Behavioral Health Learning Series to assist primary care providers in supporting and treating their growing panel of patients with behavioral health concerns.
 


Free Autism Training Opportunities:
Support for Medical Homes Caring for Children and Youth with ASD
Kate Orville, MPH
Director, WA State Medical Home Partnerships Project for
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
University of Washington

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder with reported prevalence in the United States of 1 in 54 children. (AAP News, 2020) Most Pediatric primary care providers will have children with ASD as patients, yet many feel unprepared to handle the complex needs of these patients. New resources and training can help.
 


Reminder/Recall Resources and Webinar
Tatiana Sarkhosh, MPH
Program Manager, WCAAP
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As practices across Washington work to pull kids back into clinic, WCAAP and partners have led efforts to develop tools and resources to support reminder/recall campaigns. In addition to the 
Back to Clinic Campaign resources, the Department of Health produced a Vaccine Reminder/Recall webinar to address new school requirements and the impact of COVID-19 on vaccination rates.


WCAAP Offers Provider Well-Being Resources
Kimberlee Hauff, MD, FAAP
Secretary, WCAAP Board of Trustees

As a Pediatric Hospitalist working nights and weekends it can be hard to have a set daily schedule. Now, more than ever, I need to make a conscious effort to practice relaxation techniques and mindfulness. I'm currently working my way through a "30 Days of Mindfulness" practice. Am I doing it every day? No. Am I doing it every other day? No. Am I doing it in the middle of the night shift? Maybe. But, like most of you, I'm doing the best I can - and find it helpful every time I do.
 

New Group Member: Pediatrics Northwest
Sarah Rafton, MSW
Executive Director, WCAAP
This past month Pediatrics Northwest became the latest large pediatric practice to join the WCAAP as a group member!  Their membership reflects the longstanding meaningful partnership the WCAAP and Pediatrics Northwest have shared.  Many Pediatrics Northwest pediatricians and subspecialists have been actively involved with the WCAAP.  Mary Ann Woodruff has worked tirelessly with the Chapter promoting Early Learning, Behavioral Health Integration, and championing Reach out and Read. Julian Ayer served on our Board over the past ten years, first as a trustee and then just recently finished his term as our Chapter Secretary. The list goes on...



WCAAP's Membership & Engagement Committee Wants Your Help!
The WCAAP Membership and Engagement Committee is seeking new members! The committee's goals are to maintain and increase membership value for the WCAAP community and create venues for socio-politically and professionally relevant learning opportunities as it supports pediatric providers, practices, and communities across the state. Recent efforts include developing a bank of provider wellness resources in challenging times, creating listening sessions across Washington (now virtual), and developing opportunities for members to connect with and support each other through mentorship. We meet quarterly via phone or Zoom with occasional ad-hoc meetings added as needed. This is a great opportunity to help the Chapter ensure we are responding to member needs and providing excellent value. Our committee is small but mighty and we welcome your participation! 

Contact co-chairs Wei-Jen Hsieh or Rishi Mistry if you are interested in learning more! 


Provider Relief Funding: Deadline July 20th
On June 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeons will finally be able to access financial relief from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons can apply for a new Medicaid and CHIP targeted allocation of approximately $15 billion.

AAP recommends that all eligible members apply for this funding.  The deadline to apply is July 20th. 

Resources:

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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!

Shots Heard Response to Anti-Vaxx Social Media Attacks
Shots Heard Around the World is a "rapid-response digital cavalry dedicated to protecting the social media pages of health care providers & practices." Resources include a free strategy guide to prepare for and defend against anti-vaxx attacks on social media, web pages and review sites.

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recognizes July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and encourages partners to help educate communities about the importance of mental healthcare and treatment especially during the pandemic. OMH will also encourage behavioral health professionals to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services through OMH's free and accredited e-learning program. For resources and materials, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.

Training: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

The CDC has developed new training modules for mental health and pediatric medical care providers. The modules address the central role of mental health and pediatric care professionals in understanding, recognizing, preventing and treating adversity in childhood. Continuing education credits are available for completion of Introductory Training Modules 1 and 2.

Mom's Access Project ECHO (MAP ECHO): Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series is a free CME accredited program for prescribing providers in Washington State who want to improve the mental health of their pregnant and postpartum patients.  Email [email protected] to register. Learn more 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 or Zoom for one hour. 

Health Care Transformation Committee 
August 18, 8:00-9:00am - contact Tatiana Sarkhosh for meeting details
Meets quarterly by telephone/Zoom
Contact Francie Chalmers to learn more about the committee.

Legislative Affairs Committee
August 4, 7:00-8:00am
Meets weekly by phone/Zoom during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly by phone/Zoom during the interim + ad hoc as needed
Contact Crystal Shen or Beth Ebel to learn more about the committee. 

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

Membership Engagement Committee 
September 8 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets quarterly by phone/Zoom
Contact Rishi Mistry 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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