October 2019
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Charting Our Course
Sarah Rafton, MSW
Executive Director, WCAAP

WCAAP has come a long way in the past four years. We've achieved some outstanding legislative wins for kids and improved child health by supporting you in your practice. Our membership has grown to an all-time high of 1149, and we've become a 501c3to better reflect our mission and to allow us to seek funding to sustain our work. All this has been possible thanks to our dedicated staff and impressive member involvement. In 2019, over 25% of WCAAP members were active in the chapter, participating in action alerts, events, or committees.

K-CHIP: Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Coverage
Sarah Rafton, MSW
Executive Director, WCAAP

Learning collaborative will support clinic efforts

WCAAP, Seattle Children's and Public Health - Seattle & King County have formed the King County Child Health Improvement Partnership (K-CHIP), funded by the Best Starts for Kids initiative. Doug Opel, MD, MPH, FAAP and I are co-leading the initiative with significant support and involvement from Annika Hoffstetter, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, and Joel Tieder, MD, MPH, FAAP, and WCAAP's Tatiana Sarkhosh, MPH.

2020 Advocacy Day Registration is Open! 

Join us on January 14, 2020! 

You work hard every day to provide the best possible care for each individual child you see in your practice. At WCAAP's Advocacy Day, you can make a difference in the lives of all kids in Washington.

Join us in Olympia on January 14, 2020 for a chance to connect with other pediatric health care providers around the state, hear from legislative champions for kids, and speak directly with lawmakers. All you need to bring is your commitment to kids - we'll handle the details of the day.

Helping Kids Who Want to Avoid School
Ruth McDonald, MD
Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Seattle Children's Hospital

Indicated treatment and resources to help families

More than 25% of all youth will engage in some degree of school avoidance during their school years. This can range from complaints and threats to avoid school to actually missing school for extended periods of time. We call it school avoidance* when a student is not attending school to avoid an averse feeling, experience, or stimulus in that environment, despite being medically OK to attend. 

Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction: Initiating Management in Primary Care
Kathleen Kieran, MD, MSc, MME
Associate Professor of Urology, University of Washington
Seattle Children's Hospital
Trustee, WCAAP

Lusine Ambartsumyan, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Director, Gastrointestinal Motility Program
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Seattle Children's Hospital

Bowel and bladder dysfunction (BBD) in children is associated with decreased quality of life, impaired emotional and psychological well-being, and increased family and parent stress.1-8 While prevalence rates for BBD vary from 5.9%-18.7%1-5, it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, and accounts for approximately 40% of referrals from primary care physicians to pediatric urology and gastroenterology at some SCH clinic sites.

NAPNAP & WCAAP: Advocating for Child Health
Bethany Jerabek, ARNP
Legislative Chair, Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP
Member, WCAAP Legislative Committee

Collaboration to benefit kids

My name is Bethany Jerabek and I am the legislative chair for the Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). When I first joined the WCAAP, I found the legislative work invaluable. I have now had the privilege of working alongside the WCAAP legislative team and serving on the WCAAP legislative committee for the past year.

Join Us at NCE in New Orleans This Month! 

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition is coming up!  If you are attending NCE in New Orleans, please plan to join us at CellarDoor on Sat. Oct 26 from 5-7pm for a no-host happy hour. No RSVP necessary, just drop by! 

We have also created a brief WCAAP Guide to NCE
which breaks out topics that may be of interest to Washington providers and highlights speakers who are WCAAP members. 

Member Spotlight: Megan McGeehan, MD

Megan McGeehan, MD is currently in her third year of residency at Seattle Children's. She grew up outside of Philadelphia, in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, surrounded by a huge family that includes 28 cousins. "We have an annual Christmas party and have recently been rocking the dance floor at lots of weddings," she says. Prior to coming to Seattle for residency, Dr. McGeehan attended medical school at Cornell in New York.


Congratulations to these 2019 AAP award winners from Washington State! 

Arnold M. Salzberg Mentorship Award - Section on Surgery: Keith M. Georgeson, MD, FAAP 

Henry L. Barnett Award - Section on Nephrology: Joseph T. Flynn, MD, MS, FAAP

Thomas E. Shaffer Award - Section on Sports Medicine: Miriam (Mimi) Johnson, MD, FACSM, FAAP

Read more about these and other 2019 AAP award winners in the latest AAP NEWS

Congratulations New Fellows! 
Amanda Allison, MD, FAAP
Shirley Chen, MD, FAAP
Jillian Liner, MD, FAAP
Mai Nitta, MD, FAAP
Komal Shah, MD, FAAP
Sarah Zaman, MD, FAAP

New campaign asks healthcare professionals to help elevate efforts to support immunization.
The Sabin Vaccine Institute has been amplifying the voices of parents who immunize through its Give Your Kids A Shot campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Now Sabin invites physicians and other health care providers to participate in the campaign by answering the question, "What would you tell a parent about why they should vaccinate their kid?" To share your response, please complete a short submission form.
Join the HHS Office of Minority Health and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  for a bilingual Twitter chat in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 9 at 11:00AM PT. The chat will focus on health disparities and perceived barriers to health outcomes among the Hispanic/Latino community, how to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and sharing bilingual resources. To participate, please use hashtag #HealthyLatinos.

Please consider participating in the survey, titled, "Child Sex Trafficking Assessment Survey" to support a dissertation being conducted by a PhD student at Loyola University, Chicago. The specific aim of the proposed dissertation is to investigate U.S. pediatricians' training in and experience with the issue of child sex trafficking during medical school and beyond. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. 

The Fall/Winter WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network meeting is being held November 6, 11am-4pm in Vancouver, WA. The network aims to bring people, organizations and resources together in a non-political way to learn, network, share information and resources and identify areas of opportunity to work together as it relates to firearm tragedy prevention. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, October 28th or email gunsafety@seattlechildrens.org. 
Don't forget! If you missed WCAAP's July webinar with the Department of Health regarding the new MMR exemption law, you can now view a recording online

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 
October 15 - 8:00-9:00am
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Mike Dudas or Francie Chalmers to learn more.

Legislative Affairs Committee
November 5, 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 Childhood Committee 
Meets periodically by phone, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more. 

Sustainability & Engagement Committee 
October 29 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Kim Hauff or Wei-Jen Hsieh to learn more. 
Vaccine Committee
October 15 - 7:00-8:00am
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more. 

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! 
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