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Read the Latest Issue of Illinois Pediatrician

The fall/winter 2016 issue of ICAAP’s newsletter, Illinois Pediatrician,  is available for download. This issue is only being made available digitally. Article topics include: Food Insecurity, Building Resiliency in Children, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding, Compounding Medications, and more.

Register for New 2017 MOC Project: Identification and Management of Psychosocial Stressors in Children with Overweight and Obesity

Body mass index reduction in children with overweight and obesity can be challenging. Psychosocial stressors, such as adverse childhood experiences, unmet social needs, and psychiatric disorders, may represent an important reason why pediatric obesity is so difficult to treat. Learn how to address these issues in your practice with ICAAP’s upcoming MOC activity Identification and Management of Psychosocial Stressors in Children with Overweight and Obesity. Participants will learn about the connection between psychosocial stressors and obesity as well as practical tips on how to screen, counsel, and refer for one focused psychosocial stressor of their choice. The collaborative project is slated to begin in mid-January 2017 and run for approximately three months. The deadline for registration is Monday, January 16, 2017. To register or for more information, please contact Anna Carvlin, Manager, Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at 312/733-1026, ext 214 or acarvlin@illinoisaap.com or Mary Elsner, Director of Obesity Prevention Initiatives, melsner@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026, ext 237  This activity is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute.

Get to Know Our 7th Annual ABC Conference Exhibitors

First and foremost, we want to thank each and every single one of our exhibitors participating in this year’s ABC Conference. It is because of their continued efforts and support that the ABC Conferences are made possible. We encourage everyone to learn more about all of our wonderful exhibitors by reading the information provided below as well as visiting their booths at the 7th Annual ABC Conference on Friday, November 18th.

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.


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