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PROTECT Meeting

Promoting Resiliency of Trauma Exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) is the Illinois initiative to mitigate toxic stress and trauma in early childhood. PROTECT will expand access to trauma-informed resources systemically and statewide, coordinate efforts among systems, and engage and work with families and communities exposed to trauma to build resilience. PROTECT has been working in your neighborhood to learn more about how Illinois can respond to communities exposed to trauma and toxic stress.

Updated Practice Materials to Promote the Rethink Your Drink Campaign

ICAAP and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) are distributing new, updated practice setting materials to promote the Rethink Your Drink campaign on sugar-sweetened beverages. The materials, available in both English and Spanish, include educational brochures, posters, and postcards, along with informational handouts regarding the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act can be found and downloaded for free here. For more information or to join in campaign efforts, please contact Mary Elsner, ICAAP Campaign and Obesity Prevention Initiatives Director at at 312/733-1026, ext 220, or melsner@illinoisaap.com.

“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.

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.

ICAAP Joins Campaign for Dental Health as Partner

ICAAP has joined the Campaign for Dental Health (CDH), a movement to protect children and all Americans from the unnecessary pain and costs associated with tooth decay. The CDH is a volunteer network of local, state, and national organizations that provides reliable, scientific information about oral health and community water fluoridation. To get answers to the most common questions about fluoride and access tools and resources, please visit the CDH website at www.ilikemyteeth.org.

ICAAP Invites Clinics to Participate in New Learning Collaborative on Pediatric Obesity and Coordinated Care

ICAAP is seeking Chicago clinics to participate in a new and exciting learning collaborative on pediatric obesity and coordinated care. The learning collaborative is expected to launch in mid-2014, with a pilot for a coordinated system of care component to begin in spring 2015. The goal of the pilot is to promote integration of primary care and community resources to help impact the health status of patients with overweight/obesity. If you are interested in learning more about this learning collaborative opportunity, click here or contact Mary Elsner, JD, Director of Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at melsner@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026, ext 220.  Informational question and answer calls will be scheduled in the coming months.

AAP Updates Schedule of Screenings and Assessments for Well-Child Visits

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its schedule of the screenings and health assessments that are recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. The updated periodicity schedule reflects current AAP recommendations for preventive pediatric health care, which are explained in detail in the third edition of “Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents.” Under the Affordable Care Act, non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover services that are recommended by Bright Futures (and included in the periodicity schedule), with no cost sharing.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter Report Available

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics developed an annual chapter report outlining priorities, activities, and achievements in 2013. ICAAP indicated its three highest priorities for 2013 as advocacy/legislation, medical home, and public health. The report also outlines membership status and challenges for the chapter. Read more…