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CDPH Mumps Testing Recommendations

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Since January 2015, 130 cases of mumps have been reported in Illinois. The majority of these cases have been associated with an outbreak at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In Chicago, seven cases of mumps have been reported this year; two among UIUC students. The Chicago Department of Public Health reminds providers that previously vaccinated individuals may not have detectable mumps IgM antibody regardless of timing of specimen collection, resulting in false-negative serology. For individuals with symptoms suggestive of mumps who have previously received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, the preferred diagnostic test is real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from a buccal/oropharyngeal swab of the affected parotid duct within three days but not more than eight days after symptom onset. A negative serologic result, especially in a vaccinated person, should not be used to rule out a mumps diagnosis. In the absence of another diagnosis, a person with clinically compatible symptoms should be reported as a suspect mumps case.

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Upcoming ICAAP Events

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Register today for these exciting educational opportunities:

 

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

Posted on: May 28, 2015

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.

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PROTECT Phase 1 Report Available Here!

Posted on: April 29, 2015

PROTECT PHASE I REPORT

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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Guide on Creating Baby-Friendly Communities Now Available

Posted on: March 24, 2015

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.

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Presentation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Now Available for Grand Rounds

Posted on: March 20, 2015

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.

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PROTECT Meeting

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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Updated Practice Materials to Promote the Rethink Your Drink Campaign

Posted on: July 25, 2014

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.

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“Little Children, Big Challenges” Webinar Link

Posted on: June 18, 2014

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.

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