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6th Annual ABC Conference – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference, “A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs.” The ABC conferences emphasize evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). Recently, the ABC conference has adopted a trauma-informed ‘lens’, and will focus on the pervasive effects of trauma as they relate to all disciplines serving children and their families, especially children with special needs. Trauma is a widespread public health issue whose implications are not limited to the behavioral health sector. Therefore, this conference emphasizes a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach to most effectively serve people who have experienced trauma.

New ICAAP Early Childhood Development initiative

You are invited to learn about Tools to Empower Adolescent Moms, or TEAM, a new Early Childhood Development initiative of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents is the foundation for this work, as is the Illinois Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) project.

Upcoming ICAAP Events

Register today for these exciting educational opportunities:

September 1, 2015 HPV Dinner Forum

Big Grove Tavern (Champaign)
Dr. Corinne Kohler
One Main, 1 E Main St, Champaign, IL 61820

Please register at the following link!


September 25, 2015 – MA/ RN Training: What You Should Know About Pediatric Vaccines

140+ Physicians from Leading Pediatric Health Organization in IL Endorse the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act

More than 140 physicians from ICAAP announced their endorsement today of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act. The HEAL Act invests in community prevention and Medicaid, through a small tax on sugary drinks.

PROTECT Phase 1 Report Available Here!


ICAAP is pleased to announce the completion of its first Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-Exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) status report. PROTECT is helping families and communities exposed to trauma build resilience by coordinating efforts among systems to expand access to trauma-informed care and resources systemically and statewide. The report includes origins and vision of the PROTECT initiative, what has informed our work, leadership, the operating structure for decision making, what we have learned, and our next steps. For more information about PROTECT or to become involved, contact Juanona Brewster.

2017 VFC Program Changes

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Illinois Department of Public Health would like to inform you of important changes that will be taking place in 2017.  These changes will go into effect for all Illinois VFC providers concerning vaccine storage and handling in your practices. Please see the 2017 VFC Program Changes from IDPH.

Happy DNA Day! Register for New ICAAP Webinar on Genetic Information in Primary Care Practice

In celebration of National DNA Day (April 25), ICAAP is launching a new webinar entitled “Talking Genetics: Identification, Referral, and Helping Families Understand Genetic Information in Primary Care Practice.” This training, presented by Dr. Kruti Acharya, is designed for those in primary care settings and will discuss mechanisms of inheritance and common genetic conditions, red flags of genetic disorders seen in primary care practice, screening and referral practices, and anticipatory guidance and communication strategies when supporting families and coordinating care.

Guide on Creating Baby-Friendly Communities Now Available

Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois: Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Hospitals and Local Health Departments is now available in PDF and printed form. This guide is a result of a recent collaborative project between ICAAP and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s We Choose Health Initiative, which aimed to assist fifteen Illinois hospitals and their local health departments on their journey through the Baby-Friendly Pathway. Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois highlights four hospital success stories as an example for others to follow in their own pursuit of Baby-Friendly designation.