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2014-2015 AAP National Committee Member Appointments

Posted on: October 31, 2013

The AAP Board of Directors is soliciting nominations to fill 21 AAP national committee member vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2014, as follows:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect (2)
  • Child Health Financing (3)
  • Coding and Nomenclature
  • Development (Districts VI and X) (2)
  • Federal Government Affairs

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ICMHP Issue Brief: Early Childhood Mental Health and Homelessness

Posted on: October 3, 2013

The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) recently released their first Issue Brief, Early Childhood Mental Health and Homelessness. The facts and statistics in this brief call for increased awareness and education on how to best reach and serve this vulnerable population. Read the brief here. For more information about ICMHP, visit http://www.icmhp.org/.

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Report – Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives

Posted on: September 26, 2013

ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends recently released the report, Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives. This report represents findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. It identifies innovations in policy and practice, and highlights key challenges, gaps and barriers that child welfare agencies across the county face in meeting the needs of very young children who have experiences maltreatment. Three short companion pieces offer highlights from the survey and recommendations for states around core issues.

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Early Bird Registration for the 4th Annual ABC Conference is Now Open

Posted on: July 24, 2013

The 2013 4th Annual ABC Conference, “Making Systems Work Across the Lifespan for Children with Special Health Needs,” occurring Friday, November 22, 2013 at Moraine Valley Business and Conference Center in Palos Hills, is approved to offer 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsto physician attendees. Speakers include leaders in research, advocacy, and medicine. For more information, click here or view the conference brochure. To register, click here.

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New Toolkit on Collaboration for the Social Determinants of Health

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Medical care accounts for less than 25% of a population’s health status. Other factors, including genetics, social circumstances, environmental conditions, and behavior, have significantly more impact on health. Academic health centers are recognizing that they are uniquely positioned to have a significant and positive impact on the determinants of health and the health of their communities. The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is interested in broadening the view of academic health center leadership from focusing just on health care to improving health, addressing real and perceived barriers to this culture change and translating the isolated local successes of some academic health centers into a nation-wide movement.

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Illinois Opens Transition Web-Based Trainings to National Audience!

Posted on: June 25, 2013

The Illinois Transition Care Project (a partnership between Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and UIC-Specialized Care for Children) received MOC Part IV approval from all three primary care boards for its web-based trainings. Course enrollment is now open nationally here. The project offers two separate curricula. The pediatric course offers 15 CME PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 25 Maintenance of Certification Part IV points (approved by the American Board of Pediatrics). The adult medicine course offers 10 CME PRA Category 1 Credits™, 20 Maintenance of Certification Self-Evaluation credits (approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine) and 20 MC-FP Part IV points (approved by the American Board of Family Medicine). For more information, please review this article on the trainings and view the informational flyers for the pediatric course and adult-oriented courses for internal medicine and family medicine.

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New Documentary: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

Posted on: June 14, 2013

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? is one of the supporting episodes to the forthcoming documentary series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. Science has demonstrated that a child’s experiences during the earliest years are vital to building the foundation for life-long individual successes in school and in life.  Economic studies by James Heckman and others have concluded that high quality early care and preschool yield huge individual and public benefits: children are more likely to graduate high school and college, get better jobs, and contribute more in taxes and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, be unemployed, or go to jail.  In fact, the return on investment is six dollars to one, or more.  For more information or to watch the episode, click here.

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House Bill 1063 Passes

Posted on: June 4, 2013

After unanimous approval in the Illinois House and Senate, House Bill 1063 awaits Governor Quinn’s signature to become a law.  The legislation removes the criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old and ensures that all survivors, many of who remain silent about childhood abuse for years, have the opportunity to seek justice.  Illinois joins 33 other states that have already begun extending the statue of limitations related to child sexual abuse.  For the full text of HB 1063, please click here.

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Children’s Mental Health Report

Posted on: May 28, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, describes the federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders and presents estimates of the number of children with specific mental disorders.  The report was developed in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Some of the key findings include the fact that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and Tourette syndrome.  ADHD was the most prevalent diagnosis among children aged 3-17 years, and with the exception of autism, the number of children with a mental disorder increased with age.  To see all of the report’s findings, click here.

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32nd Annual Infant Mental Health Conference: 10.25.13

Posted on: May 14, 2013

Join the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health in cooperation with the UIC Child and Family Development Center for Mirror, Mirror: Reflective Practice Across Infant and Early Childhood Setting on October 25, 2013 from 9am-3:30pm at the UIC Forum.  The conference is designed specifically for professionals in the fields of foster care, early intervention, early childcare, children’s mental health and any other setting that includes young children and their families.  Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at the University of Maryland College Park, will act as the keynote speaker, addressing what reflective practice looks like, how it can be useful for clinicians, and how it can benefit children and families.  For more information, view the flyer here.

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