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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

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.

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