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September Spolight: Obesity Related CME-Community Resources

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. To help you address obesity prevention and treatment in your practice, ICAAP’s Obesity Prevention Initiatives offers an array of CME free of charge on ICAAP’s new online learning platform in the course catalogue under Obesity Prevention. September’s spotlight is on the course titled, “Connecting Patients to Weigh-Related Community Resources.” After taking the course, learners will recognize the importance of linking families to nutrition and physical activity community resources; be able to describe approaches to improving linkages between practices, patients, and local community programs to improve health habits; and know how to utilize ICAAP’s templates to develop customized resources for healthcare settings.

Early Bird Registration is open for the 7th Annual ABC Conference

Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. Increasing attention is being focused on the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. In fact, where a child lives (their zip code) has a far greater impact on their health and well-being than biological influences (their genetic code) alone.

WEBINAR ON IMPORTANT VFC PROGRAM CHANGE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, the VFC program will no longer provide vaccines for children who have All Kids insurance, the state’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage (referred to as Title XXI [21] or “State Funded”). Participants through age 18 with Medicaid coverage (referred to as Title XIX [19]) are VFC eligible and may continue to receive vaccines through the VFC program.

IDPH IMPORTANT VFC PROGRAM UPDATE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, the VFC program will no longer provide vaccines for children who have All Kids insurance, the state’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage (referred to as Title XXI [21] or “State Funded”). Participants through age 18 with Medicaid coverage (referred to as Title XIX [19]) are VFC eligible and may continue to receive vaccines through the VFC program.

New PediaLink Course: 2 hours CME on the pediatrician’s role in breastfeeding matters.

The AAP PediaLink has a new on-line course called “Breastfeeding Matters, The Role of the Pediatrician” with 2hrs. of CME credit. This course allows you to learn more about office based support for breastfeeding mothers and infants in an on-line format to help you support breastfeeding mothers and infants reach their breastfeeding goal. Click Here to access the course or read more information about the course below.

AAP Recommends Pediatricians Screen for Poverty

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement, “Poverty and Child Health in the United States,” on March 9th that recommends pediatricians screen for poverty at all well-child visits. These screenings include asking about basic needs, such as food and housing, and making appropriate referrals when needed. The policy statement also recommends pediatricians help patients and their families build resilience to the negative effects of poverty by identifying and supporting protective factors within families.

Care Coordination Provider Toolkit

We know that children and families can benefit from access to a broad range of developmentally appropriate and family supportive community-based services. As such, it is critical that there be an effective and sustainable process to ensure families are appropriately referred and can access such needed resources.  The toolkit, “Coordinating Medical Homes and Community Services: A Resource for Enhancing Referrals and Care Coordination among Primary Care Medical Homes, Early Intervention Service Providers and  Community Service Providers is designed to help providers initiate a referral to Early Intervention (EI) services for children with suspected developmental delay, and to receive information back from EI about the outcome of the referral

The 2015 Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!

The Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!  It was published October 1, 2015.  The newsletter is mailed to all ICAAP members.  It is also available as a pdf. ICAAP has been working on several medical home initiatives over the past three years.  A few have been completed and results are summarized in this seventh edition of the newsletter.  Many other activities continue to support pediatricians, providers, and patients and families around the state.  Sara Parvinian, MD, FAAP, ICAAP pediatrician leader, offers a thoughtful commentary on what “medical home”  implementation has meant to her as a community pediatrician in Gurnee, IL as well as what it has done for patients.

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