The first ABC Conferences focused on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers and other health care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). For the first time in 2014, the conference focus was expanded to bring together additional providers from primary care, specialty care, nursing, allied health fields, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields.[...more]
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a virtual PROTECT center to expand access to resources systemically and statewide, to coordinate efforts among systems and to engage and work with families and communities exposed to trauma to build resilience. PROTECT provides an opportunity to serve these families and communities through a trauma-informed lens. Over the course of three years, PROTECT efforts will include a website, consistent training and messaging modules, coaching guidelines, standards and protocols including systems and care coordination, and policy recommendations.[...more]
Tools to Empower Adolescent Moms, or TEAM, is a new Child Development initiative of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents is the foundation for this work, as is the Illinois Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) project.
Working within existing systems of care and with a wide range of service providers, TEAM will promote education interventions and promote workable protocols to provide comprehensive care for adolescent moms and their children with a focus on wellness issues unique to this population [...more]