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Registration is Now Open for ICAAP Baby-Friendly Hospital Conference

This is an exciting time in Illinois, with almost half of the state’s maternity hospitals pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. In order to assist hospitals throughout the state as they work on implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the Illinois Department of Public Health We Choose Health Initiative, in collaboration with ICAAP and the Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force, is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference, Ten Steps Forward: Building Momentum on the Baby-Friendly Pathway in Illinois, in Springfield, IL on September 11, 2014. The conference is intended for representatives of organizations pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation, as well as any individuals who are interested in supporting the Baby-Friendly initiative in their communities. For more information or to sign up, visit the conference registration page.

ICAAP Seeks Pediatricians to Serve on Advisory Group to Address Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The ICAAP Committee on Obesity invites interested pediatricians to join an ad hoc advisory group to address the issue of sugar-sweetened beverages. ICAAP is working on a limited-term initiative with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity to engage the pediatric provider community, other health care providers, and health care organizations in advocacy and education on the negative health impacts of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and the promotion of healthier beverage choices. The ad hoc group would provide consultation to ICAAP on strategies to engage health care providers and organizations in the initiative. The estimated time commitment for the advisory group is three to five hours over the next six months. If you are interested in joining the ad hoc group or would like more information, please contact Mary Elsner, Director, ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at 312/733-1026, ext 220, or melsner@illinoisaap.com by Friday, July 25, 2014.

“Little Children, Big Challenges” Webinar Link

Both Sesame Workshop and Reach Out & Read Illinois would like to thank all of those who joined in for the Little Children, Big Challenges webinar on June 11, 2014. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to join in, or who would like to re-watch the webinar, the link to the recording is now available: https://sesameevents.webex.com/sesameevents/lsr.php?RCID=a7af4e01c3196342ffd278da2eb6407a.

Upcoming Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program Webinar

Join ICAAP’s Chapter CATCH Facilitators, Drs. Julie O’Keefe and Margi Scotellaro, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 12:30-1:30pm for a short update on the AAP Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. CATCH supports pediatricians to collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services and a medical home and providers planning and implementation grants to AAP members nationwide. The webinar will provide an update on the CATCH program, review grant opportunities that are available to ICAAP members and residents, and highlight the work of recent Illinois CATCH grantees who have addressed issues such as school health, autism, foster care, and more with their grant funds. The webinar is free and open to all ICAAP members.

FREE Sesame Workshop Webinar

Little Children, Big Challenges, Sesame Workshop’s resilience initiative, aims to help children build self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and emotional tools needed to cope with adversity. Resilient children have the ability to not only overcome difficult situations (such as bullying, divorce, sibling rivalry, and relocation), but also to learn from – and be strengthened by – challenges throughout their lives.

Medicaid Care Coordination is Coming! Join us for an in-person Q&A on the Medicaid Transition to Care Coordination and an ACA Update

ICAAP will be holding three in-person meetings in Chicago and Cook County to answer questions about the planned Medicaid transition to care coordination and to provide an update on the ACA. Dr. Alvia Siddiqi, the Medical Director from Illinois Health Connect Primary Care Case Management Program, will be there to answer your questions about MCOs, ACEs, and more.

Teens Drive Smart Experience Comes to Chicago

From May 17-18, teens can attend the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart tour at Six Flags Great America. This free driving clinic will give drivers 21 and under the opportunity to practice in driving simulations, focused on making smart driving choices and eliminating distracted driving. To learn more and get registration details, visit the Teens Drive Smart Tour website.

ICAAP Committee on Obesity Secures Answers from HFS on Payment for Weight Management Visits

In response to questions raised by ICAAP members, ICAAP’s Committee on Obesity, chaired by Dr. Karen Walker, sought clarification from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) about provisions in its recent pediatric weight management provider notice, Revised – BMI Assessment and Obesity-related Weight Management Follow-up among Children and Adolescents: Documentation and Claims Coding Instructions. The provider notice was published on January 24, 2014 and is available on the HFS website and as a PDF. Specifically, ICAAP asked HFS for further clarification of the circumstances under which weight management evaluation and management (E&M) visits solely for the diagnosis of overweight/obesity will be paid. These questions and their accompanying answers can be downloaded in PDF form here.