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Child Development Team at Opening Minds Conference

The Child Development team was invited to present seven different workshops at the 2016 Opening Minds conference, held at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago. The workshops themes included understanding and responding to difficult conduct, interprofessional care coordination, the influence of early experiences on brain development, and becoming trauma and autism informed. The conference was attended by a wide range of professionals in early care, education, and allied health. Click below to view the presentation slideshows:

Register now for ICAAP’s Healthy Hearts Webinar on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at noon

The ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives team is sponsoring a webinar entitled “Building Healthy Hearts in Children and Families for Primary Care Providers” on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 12pm. The webinar will be presented by Pediatric Cardiologist David G. Thoele, MD. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to assess factors contributing to childhood obesity, apply family-based approaches that can build healthy hearts, and integrate useful resources for screening and treating childhood obesity and co-morbidities in primary care. Dr. Thoele practices at Advocate Children’s Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information and to register, please visit the registration page. This webinar is hosted by Illinois Health Connect and supported by funding from the Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

New Child Development Initiative

ICAAP is partnering with Voices for Illinois Children on a new initiative, “Developing Brains and Building Resiliency through Early Math: The Role of Healthcare, Childcare Providers, and Families.” Studies have shown that foundational math skills are important predictors of later success in both math and literacy, which are indicators for success in school and later life. However, many caregivers are unaware of the importance of nurturing foundational math skills, and its value in fostering resilience in young children, by teaching skills such as problem-solving.

Internship Opportunities with Child Development Team

The ICAAP Child Development team has several internship opportunities available, including programmatic, data collection, and communications, open to all academic fields. We offer internships tailored to meet the needs of an academic institution as well as to build a professional portfolio. Past interns have reported that they have gained and enhanced their knowledge of child development research – for example, the significant impact of child trauma on child development and adult health, and its implications for overall public health – and the significance of programs that invest and intervene early. Interns have also learned practical skills such as

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.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16

House Bill 3190, which will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), was signed into law as Public Act 098-0480 to become effective in January 1, 2014; however, the new law allows that the requirement would not be implemented until at least six months after the Illinois Department of Public Health established administrative rules for implementing the law. The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2 doses for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance. It is anticipated the meningococcal requirement will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.

Preventing HPV Related Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Both males and females are vulnerable to infections through intimate skin to skin contact. HPV can be transmitted by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who has already been infected by the virus. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is so common that nearly all men or women will contract it at some point in their lives if they are sexually active – even if they only have sex with one partner. Some HPV types can lead to genital warts and other types can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer. Luckily, there are vaccines available that can protect males and females from the most common types of HPV. The HPV vaccine is the most preventable method to help protect against HPV. The vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. The vaccine is given in three doses over a period of six months. Please review the following materials to learn more about HPV and the vaccine.

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