September 2020
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Saturday Clinics Increase Access to Vaccines in South King County


Program Manager, WCAAP

To supplement and compliment reminder and recall immunization efforts, through the WA-CHIP learning collaborative, the Federal Way Sea Mar Community Health Center held a dedicated Saturday well-child and vaccine clinic in August and will be hosting another in September. Their goal in providing access to the surrounding King County community is especially tailored towards the immigrant population.



Deadline Extended for Provider Financial Relief - Again! 

Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the deadline for applying for financial relief through the Medicaid and CHIP Provider Relief Fund portal has been extended until September 13th.  There is a new, more streamlined application form. We strongly encourage all providers who serve populations with Medicaid and CHIP to apply for these relief funds. This document answers frequently asked questions about the relief program. 

Co-chair, WCAAP Legislative Committee

Reflecting back to this time last year in 2019, active investigation of cases of EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury) was ongoing across the United States. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, youth vaping remains a relevant health issue. A recent study from Stanford shows that COVID-19 is associated with youth use of e-cigarettes as well as dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. 



WCAAP's 2021 Legislative Session Goals

Jennifer Donahue
Communications Manager, WCAAP

WCAAP's legislative committee continues to work hard to improve health for ALL kids in Washington. During the interim, we have been meeting with legislators in committee members' districts, urging legislators to support pediatric practices during COVID and shining a light on the increasing challenges so many families are facing. This is also a good time for us to share some of our goals for 2021, which are outlined on our priority sheet, before the legislature is back in session.
You don't have to be on the committee to help us with this work - you can easily meet with your legislators this fall by phone or via Zoom! We invite all WCAAP members to be advocates by speaking up for the families in your own communities around the state. Contact us to learn more!



The pandemic of COVID-19 has exposed an equally threatening, longstanding and devastating pandemic, that of racial discrimination and social injustice. Families are attending protest events, discussing the news, and having important conversations about these vital topics. Children who are witnessing events around the United States are asking questions and expressing confusion, curiosity, sadness and anxiety about what they've seen and heard. The following guidelines are offered to help parents continue to have these important conversations, provide education and explore these issues with their children in productive ways. 


Paid Family & Medical Leave in Washington
Jennifer Donahue
Communications Manager, WCAAP

Washington's state legislature passed Paid Family & Medical Leave legislation in 2017, with strong support from WCAAP. Payroll contributions began in 2019 and benefits began in January 2020. Ours is the fifth comprehensive program in the country and allows workers to take up to 12 weeks (in some cases up to 18 weeks) of paid leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family member, manage their own health concerns, or cope with a military deployment. Paid leave to bond with a new child can be taken any time in the first year after welcoming a new baby or child into your home and does not have to be taken all at once.

 


Surviving the Pandemic as a Pediatric Provider
Joe Sherman, MD, FAAP
Coach and consultant
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As pediatric providers, we have been supporting our patients through all the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them have had COVID-19 infection or are in fear of contracting it. Many with chronic illnesses are not showing up for follow-up visits either in-person or through telehealth. Many families are suffering economically because of unemployment or salary cuts. Everyone is under immense stress with all the physical and psychological manifestations that it brings. We often take on our patients' suffering while we ourselves are under the same stress that they are.

Noteworthy

WCAAP's COVID-19 Community Pediatrics Meetings & more start next week! 
Join us on Tuesday 9/8 at 7:00AM for an update on COVID-19 in our state. We will be joined by Matthew "Boots" Kronman, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Fellowship Program Director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship and Associate Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Seattle Children's Hospital. 
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 - December! 

On Thursday 9/10 from 7:00AM-8:00AM, Dr. Jeanne Marconi will share how to plan and implement a drive-thru or pop-up flu vaccine clinic. Learn more here! 

On Tuesday 9/22 our regular COVID-19 Community Pediatrics meeting (7-7:30AM) will be followed by a presentation on public charge from Kate Laner at the Northwest Justice Project from 7:30-8AM. Dial in for the COVID presentation and stick around to learn the latest on public charge rules and the impact on immigrant families. Same Zoom link and dial-in numbers as above.  

Dr. Beth Ellen Davis, developmental behavioral pediatrician and former UW LEND Director now at the University of Virginia, and Seattle Children's child psychiatrist Cecilia Margaret have opened enrollment for the coming year of their online Project ECHO learning collaborative:  
0-5 Deeper Dive:  Addressing Infant & Early Childhood Behavioral and Mental Health
A case-based learning collaborative to recognize and respond to infant mental health disorders in Primary Care, especially in rural settings. The free course is for primary care providers in the states of Washington and Virginia. Time:  Monthly 3rd Thursdays, 9-10 (PST) on Zoom, Sept- July 2020-21
CME/MOC 2/4: earn up to 60 points, NP approval pending. More info: Flyer. To register, please email Nancy Ringera at [email protected] with your name, preferred email and location. Please note that this ECHO will focus on rural practice settings and registration is very limited for this training opportunity.

The Washington Poison Center has released a special report on adolescent intentional poisoning.  
Reports to the WPC show case increases of self-harm and suicidal intent via self-poisoning and intentional abuse of drugs in adolescents 13-17 years of age.
 
Autism COE training offered online - next training date is September 18. For more information about the COE training or to register go to https://medicalhome.org/coe or contact Kate Orville at [email protected] for COE training or connecting with other community partners involved in this work.

WCAAP members in rural communities are invited to participate in a research study to identify barriers in accessing genetic services in communities with fewer than 50,000 residents in Washington State. Learn more and access the survey here.  

A new AAP Podcast: Pediatrics on Call, hosted by David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga Belinkie, MD, FAAP, started July 21 on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are found. Topics so far include drowning, vaccine hesitancy, safe sleep and racial disparities in post-op, diagnosing autism, and battling racism.

AAP is offering a new video series, Pediatric Mental Health Minute. Designed to provide real-time education to support providers caring for children and youth with mental health disorders, these quick yet in-depth videos aim to improve your knowledge and skills. A recent video covered Mental Health in Infants and Young Children, other topics include antidepressant side effects, antidepressants, suicide, adolescent depression, trauma-informed care, and anxiety.  Watch Now

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: 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 
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 
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
September 18 - 7:00-8:00am
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more about the committee. 


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