June 2020
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Our Commitment: Addressing Racism
Elizabeth Meade, MD, FAAP
President, WCAAP

It is difficult to know how to write this month's message, to address the sadness and outrage our country is experiencing, and to acknowledge that we are still deeply failing many of our fellow citizens, colleagues, patients, friends, and communities. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black men, women, and children in the United States illustrate the ongoing individual, systemic, and institutional racism that continues to harm and kill Black Americans.

Anti-Racism Resources

Thank you to many WCAAP members who have recently shared resources to improve our understanding of the effects of racism on child and family well-being and how we can play a role in dismantling racist systems. We have put together several resources as a starting point. Each month in forthcoming issues of Developments, a WCAAP member will share a resource they have found helpful and why. If you are interested to contribute a few words about a resource you have utilized please let us know. 

If you are in the Seattle area, there will be a health care & public health worker protest to demand justice to end police violence on Saturday, June 6th at 9:00am. Here are all the details! Look for WCAAP signs to find fellow WCAAP members participating.  

Why I Advocate: Reflections on 10 Years Advocating with WCAAP
Lelach Rave, MD, FAAP
WCAAP Legislative Committee

The first time I testified in Olympia, I made the trip while on maternity leave with a newborn - a perfect time to take a spitty infant on a long car trip to a formal hearing room. I recall sitting with my daughter, who was sleeping peacefully, waiting for my turn to speak. I handed her off to Laurie Lippold (WCAAP lobbyist at the time) when my turn came, hoping that she would stay quiet as much as I hoped that I wouldn't mess up.

Inner-Heroes Wanted: Parenting in the Age of COVID-19
Chris Ladish, MD
Chief Clinical Officer of Pediatric Behavioral Health
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has left our families' and children's lives disrupted in ways most of us has not ever imagined.  Parents not only worry about their health and their family's health, many are also struggling with job loss, food insecurity, child care needs, and many other factors influencing day to day stress levels.  On top of raising children, parents are being called to step in as home-school teachers, counselors, nurses, music instructors, special educators, activity coordinators, coaches, technology experts and a host of other roles.  Parenting in a pandemic has become an ultramarathon journey of multiple responsibilities that parents did not see coming, a survival race for which there was no time to train or prepare.  Fortunately, like their children, parents are resilient, imaginative and amazing.  They are the less-celebrated heroes of COVID and as providers, we need to remind them.

Yakima Pediatrics, WCAAP, and Vroom Promote
Brain Development Tools
Mary Virginia Maxwell, M.Ed, LMHC
Yakima Pediatrics

Yakima Pediatrics, a pediatric clinic associated with Community Health of Central Washington, and Educational Service District 105 are collaborating to offer a virtual one-hour 
Lunch and Learn All About Vroom at 12:00PM on June 17, 2020. We will be sharing the power of Vroom with our early learning educators. As an integrated behavioral health provider at Yakima Pediatrics I have delighted in the opportunity to offer concrete ways for care givers to strengthen their bond with their child using the basics of Vroom - Look, Follow, Chat, Take Turns and Stretch. I was also so happy to introduce Vroom to our amazing educator teams in our early learning centers.


Pandemic Changes the Delivery of Care
Valerie Higginbotham
Director of Children's Services
Providence Health Care

What do dogs, skateboards and swimming pools have in common? Pediatric virtual visits.  Puppies jumping on children, dogs barking, siblings photobombing, and a patient jumping in a swimming pool during a visit are a few of the interruptions pediatric providers experience while conducting virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

K-CHIP Expands to Become WA-CHIP
Tatiana Sarkhosh, MPH
WCAAP Program Manager

We are excited to announce that the King County Child Health Improvement Partnership (K-CHIP) has officially transitioned into the Washington Child Health Improvement Partnership (WA-CHIP). Our second cohort of clinics is launching soon with an addition of four clinics from Spokane to our existing six King County practices. The second cohort includes Eastgate Public Health, MultiCare Maple Valley, MultiCare Kent Family Medicine, Virginia Mason Kirkland, Virginia Mason Federal Way, SeaMar Federal Way, The Kids Clinic, CHAS Maple Street Clinic, Providence Northpointe, and Providence Spokane Valley. Our team is also supporting two additional clinics, CHAS Spokane Valley and Providence Indian Trail, with curriculum and HEDIS data.

Upcoming COVID-19 Community Pediatrics Meeting
June 16: Vaccine Reminder-Recall

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Vaccine Reminder-Recall to Address New School Requirements and COVID-19 Impact on Vaccination

Presented by: The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Washington State Department of Health

This webinar will provide information on immunization for schools and licensed childcares in Washington related to State Board of Health rule changes and methods healthcare practitioners can use to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vaccination practices.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Time: 7:00am-8:00am
  • Annika Hofstetter MD, PhD, MPH
  • Katherine Graff BSN, RN
  • Chrystal Averette, MPH
  • Phillip Wiltzius MS, CHES

Rapid Behavioral Health Education - Available Online!

Our Rapid Behavioral Health Education Series is full, but WCAAP members can access recordings of the live sessions as well as all course materials on our website, including slides, handouts and videos. 


Every Friday: Drop-In Provider Well-Being Series 
We care about your well-being! All WCAAP members are welcome to drop-in on our weekly provider well-being sessions facilitated by Dr. Joe Sherman every Friday morning 7:30 - 8:00 AM through June 12th. Participants have an opportunity to share their experiences and insights during the COVID-19 pandemic through these interactive sessions which include a combination of short didactic presentations and reflective activities. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain confidentiality for all participants. Join the Zoom meeting here.  *Note this is for WCAAP members only. 
Our thanks to Regence for supporting pediatric health care providers! 

Mom's Access Project ECHO (MAP ECHO): Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series is a free CME accredited program for providers in Washington State who want to improve the mental
health of their pregnant and postpartum patients. WHEN: 10 monthly virtual case conference
sessions held 1st Wednesday of the month starting October 7, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm PST. WHO:
Any prescribing provider in WA State caring for pregnant or postpartum patients. COST: FREE! REGISTRATION: Now recruiting prescribing providers that care for rural and/or undeserved patient populations. Email mcmh@uw.edu to register. Learn more here

In collaboration with Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has launched The Vaccine Education Program from Training to Practice, which consists of CoVER modules and The Vaccine Handbook app.  Both of these resources are available to use free of charge.  Click here  for more information on how to access the app and the CoVER modules.  Module 1 is currently available, with a certificate of completion offered after finishing the module and evaluation.

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 
July 21, 8:00-9:00am - contact Tatiana Sarkhosh for meeting details
Meets quarterly by telephone
Contact Francie Chalmers to learn more about the committee.

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

Early Childhood Committee 
June 10, 7:00-8:00pm
Meets periodically by phone, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more about the committee. 

Membership Engagement Committee 
June 23 - 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? 
Many events and gatherings are being cancelled and turning to virtual events. We will try to keep you up to date, and list events here as details are available. 
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