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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.

Register Now: August 5th Training in Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders

This training – Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders: Empowering Physicians to be part of the Treatment Team – will address the role of the pediatrician in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric eating disorders, with a focus on the Family-Based Treatment (FBT) approach (Maudsley Method). This evidence-based treatment is recommended as a first-line approach for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. The training is being conducted by Dr. Karen Bernstein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Kristen Anderson, LCSW, Sara Desai, LCSW, and Dr. Cathy Joyce, MD, PhD. The trainers have extensive clinical experience treating adolescents with eating disorders utilizing the FBT method. Registration fee is $20. ICAAP is holding this training on Friday, August 5, 2016, between 8 am – 10 am at Glenbrook Hospital, 2100 Pfingsten Rd, Glenview, IL 60026, Conference Rooms A1/A2. Registration starts at 7:30 am and a light breakfast will be served. To register click here. For more information, contact Anna Carvlin, acarvlin@illinoisaap.com, or 312/733-1026, ext. 214.

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.

Education Opportunity: 2nd Annual ABCD Conference

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs—Downstate (ABCD) Conference, to be held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, IL on May 20, 2016. This year’s theme is, “A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs.”

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.

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:

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

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