November 2018
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A Safer Washington - Thanks to You! 

Advocacy works! Thanks to all of you who advocated for Initiative 1639, wrote letters to the editors of your local papers, and made the time to vote, Washington's children will be safer! The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has been advocating for safe storage laws for years, because safe storage is a proven prevention strategy and we know that it effectively keeps firearms out of the wrong hands. Now, with the passage of Initiative 1639, safe storage, enhanced background checks and a higher age to purchase certain firearms will help prevent firearm injuries and deaths in our state. Thank you. 

Modeling the Power of Cooperation Across the Aisle
Jennifer Donahue
WCAAP Communications Manager
On paper, they seem quite different: He is a businessman and a Republican, with grown children. She is a teacher, a Democrat, and mom to school-age kids. Representatives Paul Harris and Monica Stonier have different resumes and came to the legislature via different paths, but together they are a powerful force for Southwest Washington's kids.

Tool to Help Families Improve Health Literacy, Reduce ED Use
Beth Harvey, MD, FAAP
Lead Physician, P-TCPi
Handouts available for download in multiple languages

The physician champion team for the Pediatric Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (P-TCPi) has been partnering with the Washington State Medical Homes Partnership Program to decrease potentially avoidable Emergency Department utilization and to support family engagement and competency.  We have piloted materials to help families improve health literacy, focusing on families with poor social determinants of health and those who are using the ED for avoidable reasons.  

2019 Legislative Priorities: Our Process
Jennifer Donahue
WCAAP Communications Manager

There is no shortage of issues the WCAAP could weigh in on during each legislative session in Olympia, but with limited resources the Chapter's legislative committee must be strategic in limiting what we take on. We have developed a decision tree to help guide us as we prioritize issues to work on.

Your Help Needed: Comment on Immigration Policy 
New "public charge" regulations proposed - you can help!

The Department of Homeland Security has announced regulation changes to the US Government's "public charge" policy which could affect the health of 20 million children in the U.S. Almost nine in 10 of these children are U.S. citizens.

Mr. Yuk and the Washington Poison Center: Saving Lives for 62 Years
Jennifer Monteleone, APR
Director, Development & Marketing
Washington Poison Center
Free resources available! 

The Washington Poison Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the citizens of Washington state since 1956. More than 4 million calls have been answered over 62 years, making the Washington Poison Center one of the busiest poison centers in the United States. 

Spokane - We're Headed Your Way! 
Advocacy 101: Speaking Up for Washington's Kids
You can make a difference beyond your clinic and help kids statewide!

Pediatric health care providers are uniquely qualified to speak up about issues that affect child health. Join WCAAP Legislative Committee co-chair Dr. Lelach Rave, WCAAP trustee Dr. Stacy Tarango, and Sacred Heart representative Dr. Michael Barsotti in Spokane for an introduction to advocacy for pediatric health care providers. You'll learn about our state's legislative process and how to effectively speak with legislators, and get an in-depth review of our 2019 legislative priorities. Get prepped for Advocacy Day, or use your new skills in your own community year-round. 

Tuesday, December 4
6:30PM - 8:30PM

Retirement Celebration for State Representative Ruth Kagi
Help us celebrate Rep. Kagi's career!

Join us to celebrate Ruth Kagi's 20 years of dedicated service to Washington's children! Rep. Kagi has been a fierce advocate for kids and steadfast partner to the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics throughout her time in office, and we are looking forward to a chance to honor her.

Shoreline Community College and the College Foundation are hosting a celebration on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Shoreline Community College dining room, with a short program of speakers from 6:15-6:45pm. Refreshments will be served. RSVP:

Free HPV Info Cards for Families

Cards available in English, Spanish, and Russian
Your strong recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old is key to preventing HPV-related cancers. To help, we've created postcards with facts about the importance of HPV vaccine in English, Spanish and Russian. We have a limited amount of these cards but will send WCAAP members up to 50 of each to share with patients. To order, simply fill out this quick form: 
You can also download PDF files of these cards, and access webinars and other great resources here:


WCAAP Webinars: Have you checked out our Webinars page lately? We have free CME e-learning on topics like behavioral health, developmental and autism screening, and adolescent and maternal depression screening. 
You're invited! Washington Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network is holding it's fall meeting in Federal Way on Tuesday, November 13, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. 
LEARN MORE and RSVP HERE by Wednesday, November 7
Congratulations New Fellows! 
Guyon Hill, MD, FAAP
Andrea Kane, MD, FAAP
Zubin Amarsi, MD, FAAP
Constance Asiedu-Ofei, MD, FAAP
Rafia Baloch, MD, FAAP
Meveshni Govender, MD, FAAP
Genesis Han, MD, FAAP
Wei-Jen Hsieh, MD, FAAP
Jean Hwang, MD, FAAP
Emily Read, MD, FAAP
Ginny Shelton, MD, FAAP
Scott Terry, DO, FAAP
Julie Yeh, MD, FAAP
Hiromi Yoshida, MD, FAAP
Jasmin Zavala, MD, FAAP
Sherry Baker, MD, FAAP
Petr Cigner, MBBS, FAAP
Katheryn Hudon, DO, FAAP
Michael Long, MD, FAAP
Jennie Ports, MD, FAAP


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 
November 20 - 8:00-9:00am
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Mike Dudas or Francie Chalmers to learn more.

Legislative Affairs Committee
December 4, 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. 

Early Learning Committee 
Next meeting in person November 10 - 9:00am-12:00pm/SeaTac
Meets periodically by telephone and annually in person
Contact Diane Liebe to learn more. 

Sustainability & Engagement Committee 
November 27 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Kim Hauff to learn more. 
Vaccine Committee
Meets 2x/year
Contact John Dunn to learn more. 

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What's Happening? 
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