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AAP Recommends Pediatricians Screen for Poverty

Posted on: March 10, 2016

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.

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Care Coordination Provider Toolkit

Posted on: December 14, 2015

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

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PROTECT Phase 1 Report Available Here!

Posted on: April 29, 2015


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.

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

Posted on: April 23, 2015

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.

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Karin Vander Ploeg Booth, MD, FAAP

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Dr. Vander Ploeg Booth is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at the University of Chicago, as well as the DBP Fellowship Program director.  Her clinical practice involves seeing children with a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns both at the University of Chicago and the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families.  A major focus of her career has been medical education of students, residents, fellows, interdisciplinary practitioners, and primary care providers about issues and topics within the field of DBP.  She is involved in a number of advocacy efforts on behalf of children with disabilities and their families within the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois.

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Janet Patterson, MD, FAAP

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Dr. Janet Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Section of Child Development at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She completed her Developmental Behavioral Fellowship at The University of Chicago in 2013 after many years as a general pediatrician. She has previously served in Academic Pediatrics and as Pediatric Residency Program Director at the SIU School of Medicine, and as the Medical Director of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.

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Posted on: January 6, 2015

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.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Posted on: April 7, 2014

Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.

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Webinar: Achieving Bright Futures – A New Resource from the AAP/Bright Futures

Posted on: March 24, 2014

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/255055030

Title: Webinar: Achieving Bright Futures – A New Resource from the AAP/Bright Futures

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

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

Posted on: February 27, 2014

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.

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