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October 2020
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Gearing Up for the 2021 Legislative Session: Speak Up for Kids
Session Preview, Meet Your Legislators, Revenue Forecast, Get Out the Vote

2021 Session Preview: October 15, 7:00PM
The 2021 legislative session will look different from years past and WCAAP will be creative and dynamic advocating for all of Washington's children and families. It's more important than ever for our pediatric health care community to provide a voice for children as our state's policies and budget priorities are being decided and access to legislators changes during the pandemic.

Practices Needed to Inform Behavioral Health Advocacy

WCAAP is working with University of Washington's Masters in Health Administration students to profile behavioral health care provided in primary care for children in Washington. The report will help advance our work with legislators in the 2021 session to improve behavioral health access for kids.
You can help! We are looking for primary care pediatric and family medicine practices that do not have embedded behavioral health professionals to help illustrate current state of behavioral health services.

Erika Phelps-Nishiguchi, MD, FAAP
Anisha Srinivasan, MD, FAAP

We are three Washington state Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics fellows who have created a petition to the American Board of Pediatrics to include competencies centering racism. We had guidance and support in writing the petition from members of the AAP Minority Healthy Equity and Inclusion (MHEI) group and members of Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) RACE-CARD group.

Vaccine Clinic Support for South King County

Ariana Salaiz
Program Manager, WCAAP

This year, clinics in South King County can make it easy for families to get influenza vaccinations or catch up on missed vaccinations by holding a pop-up or drive-through vaccine clinic. Many kids have gotten behind on needed vaccines during the pandemic and this is an easy way to catch them up!
Resources are available to help South King County pediatric clinics hold these drive-through or pop-up flu and catch-up vaccine clinics. 

With both flu and COVID-19 expected to circulate this fall, it's more important than ever to get vaccinated against the flu. The Washington State Department of Health launched the Knock Out Flu: Think of It as Essential statewide media campaign on September 14 to encourage everyone 6-months and older to get their flu vaccine. The campaign will run through March 2021 and features TV, radio, and social media ads. Partners can also use a toolkit of companion materials (available in English and Spanish) to promote on their communication channels. The toolkits are ready now:
For more information, visit

Early Support for Infants & Toddlers, Services during COVID-19
Diana Castillo
Coordinator, Healthy Connections

During COVID-19, the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) Program continues to accept referrals and provide services virtually, through video conferencing and/or phone calls. Research shows that virtual services are as successful as in-person services (example study is here).

USDA Extends Waivers: WIC Continues to Provide Remote Services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the waivers that allow the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to offer remote services to participants. This, the third extension, will continue as long as there is a declared national public health emergency. The waivers make it possible for Washington WIC to enroll new applicants, provide health screening, nutrition education and breastfeeding support, make referrals, and issue food benefits by phone or video chat.

WCAAP Offering Second Behavioral Health Education Series

Limited space available! 
Due to the overwhelming success of the first rapid BH education series, we are excited to announce we are hosting a second series this fall with an updated format. The series will be capped at 30 participants and will meet weekly from 7:00 to 8:00 AM, starting Friday, October 30, and ending Friday, November 20. The smaller group will allow for greater case-based learning and discussion. Dr. Bob Hilt and Dr. Rupin Thakkar will be co-facilitating the sessions, with Dr. Larry Wissow providing content support and materials. Please email Tatiana Sarkhosh at [email protected] if you are interested in participating or learning more.
Thank you to Amerigroup Washington and Community Health Plan of Washington for supporting this education series!

Resource: Behavioral Health Toolbox for Impacts of COVID-19

Trevor Covington, MS, CEM

Mental & Behavioral Health Response Coordinator
Division of Emergency Preparedness & Response
Washington State Department of Health
The Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families is a resource for families, parents, caregivers, and educators that helps them understand the behavioral health impacts of COVID-19 and what they can do to help. The toolbox provides an overview of the emotional impacts caused by disasters, covers symptoms and interventions by age group, provides tips and recommendations, and outlines how to practice self-care for parents and caregivers. It also has an appendix dedicated to providing tips for families of children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a simple and practical resource designed to help families, parents, caregivers, and educators navigate the behavioral health challenges of COVID-19.

Getting Back in the Game after COVID-19

Laura Fralich, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Providence Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Friday night lights won't be as bright this high school football season. And several extracurricular sports and activities typically scheduled in fall are being postponed to winter.  To help ensure the safety of our children and student athletes, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the governing body in the state of Washington, has modified the 2020-21 calendar to create four WIAA-sanctioned seasons. And while many students and parents may be frustrated with the change, this is in the best interest of the health of our youth and the wonderful communities who support them.

Cardiac Sports Screening: Q&A

Cory Noel, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist
Seattle Children's Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska
Sudden cardiac death is a rare occurrence, making it a challenge to get accurate numbers. Studies show different rates depending on what they're looking at, what ages they cover and whether or not the children survived. A general estimate is 1 occurrence in every 80,000 to 100,000 children per year. However, when accounting for sudden cardiac arrest, that number is lower, at approximately 1 in 20,000.

Equity and Anti-Racism Resources

This month's resource comes from WCAAP Program Manager Ariana Salaiz: "As a parent, I have taken time to research meaningful ways to address race and racism with my son and found that this article and website as a whole are good resources. 

by Madeleine Rogin, brings awareness to the biases we may be cultivating in our homes against Black people and how we must "actively work against these biases in order to help our children understand their role in fighting against racism." The call to action in this article is to know the difference between being nice and being anti-racist. Rogin points out the benefits of starting the conversation with our children by including the facts and background about race and skin color and what it means to be White. There are additional resources that you may find helpful in addressing anti-racism and discrimination on this website, including webinars, action guides and lists of children's books."

WCAAP's COVID-19 Community Pediatrics Meetings continue next week! 
Join us on Tuesday 10/13 at 7:00AM for our COVID-19 Community Pediatrics meeting. We will be joined by Dr. Nirali Bora from the Kent County (Mich.) Health Department, who will share their return-to-school protocol and discuss their decision-making process. Dr. Danielle Zerr from Seattle Children's Infection Prevention will also be on hand to answer questions. Thank you to Seattle Children's for supporting our COVID-19 Community Pediatrics meetings! To join the meeting: 
Passcode: 033070
One tap mobile: +12532158782,,83774321440#,,,,,,0#,,033070# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
**PLEASE NOTE the Zoom link and dial in info above will remain the same for ALL COVID-19 Community Pediatrics Meetings September - November! 

As the COVID Pandemic lingers on, health care providers are facing challenges beyond just fear of contagion and inadequate PPE.  Dr. Joe Sherman is offering a virtual mini-retreat for pediatric health care providers, Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others, on November 7th. More information here!

The UW Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a great schedule of Grand Rounds coming up, including November 6: Intergenerational and Parental Factors in Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety, and Treatment Implications and December 4:Can We Prevent the School to Prison Pipeline in WA State? 25 Years of the Fast Track RCT. The full 2020-2021 schedule and link to join can be found here. 

Child health researchers at Seattle Children's Research Institute are conducting a research study to learn how to best support children in being active and outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will help create materials that pediatric health care providers can use to promote safe physical activity and outdoor time. Pediatric providers are invited to participate in a 60 minute 1:1 interview or focus group to provide input on what types of information are most needed and the most useful format for those materials. Please contact Kiana Hafferty at 206-884-0393 if you are willing to participate.

Kindering has radio broadcasts on El Rey 1360AM in Spanish for parents who have children with special health care needs, on the last Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm. The broadcast can be listened to on the internet here. 

The Washington State Medical Homes Partnership Project's Child Health Notes (CHNs) are brief newsletters, written by pediatric experts at the University of Washington in collaboration with content area specialists and community partners. The most recent CHN topics are Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

From Ally to Antiracist: Using Psychological Science and Mindfulness to Cultivate Growth and Action - Weds 10/14 at 6:30PM. Jonathan W. Kanter, PhD, director of the UW Center for the Science of Social Connection, will review the science of bias and behavior change, including new research that emphasizes the important role mindfulness and acceptance practices can play in antiracism efforts. Learn more

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!

WCAAP Webinars: View archived WCAAP webinars, on topics like motivational interviewing, brief parent management training, autism screening, and adolescent and maternal depression screening here:

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 
October 20, 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
October 6, 7:00-8:00am
Meets weekly by Zoom during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly by Zoom during the interim + ad hoc as needed
Contact Crystal Shen or Beth Ebel to learn more about the committee. 

Early Childhood Committee 
October 26, 7:00-8:00PM
Meets periodically by phone/Zoom, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more about the committee. 

Membership Engagement Committee 
 - Meets quarterly by phone/Zoom
Contact Rishi Mistry or Wei-Jen Hsieh to learn more about the committee. 
Vaccine Committee
October 9 - 7:00-8:00am
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more about the committee. 

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