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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.

Presentation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Now Available for Grand Rounds

Promoting Healthy Beverage Consumption, a presentation developed and presented by Dr. Goutham Rao, Co-Chair of the ICAAP Health Care Provider Campaign on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, and Mary Elsner, JD, Director of ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, is now available to view in recorded form. Members of the ICAAP Health Care Provider Advisory Group on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages have recently conducted Grand Rounds presentations of Promoting Healthy Beverage Consumption at the following institutions:  Southern Illinois University, Rush University Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. If you would like a copy of the presentation slides to use for a Grand Rounds presentation at your institution, please contact Sarah Nau, Manager of ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at snau@illinoisaap.com.

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.