CA 2

In this Issue
Palm Springs CME
Las Vegas CME
Resident Information
You and AB354
AAP Advocacy
Palm Springs II

Join us this February in Palm Springs for the Clinical Pediatrics CME Meeting!



Las Vegas Photo

Join us this April in Las Vegas for the Advances in Pediatrics Meeting April 7 - 10th!




Resident Research Awards - Call for Submissions
Calling all resident researchers! AAP-CA2 awards two resident research grants of $500 for research in the area of pediatrics. Abstracts are due January 24, 2011. For more information click here. 

Life After Residency Workshops
February 3rd and 10th
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Feb 9th - Woodland Hills
The treatment of acne and the top 25 controversies facing pediatricians - DETAILS
April 5- Sacramento
CMA/AAP Legislative Day

AB354 and Tdap Verification Preparation - What you can do:

Inform parents:

- Post this flyer (ENGLISH/SPANISH) in your offices so parents know what's coming

- Send them to for more details

Join the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). Many schools have direct access to CAIR and can check here for immunization documentation for your patients.  Click here for CAIR contacts.

Make some calls.

- The California Department of Public Health is encouraging physicians to call parents to notify them of the new law and required documentation. You can use this SCRIPT to help you.

- WellConnect is a call-back service of Call Em All messaging.  Sanofi Pasteur has arranged special pricing for its clients. Contact your sales rep for details.

For more information on the implementation of AB354 click here and stay tuned for more details.


AAP California Chapter 2

Pediatric E-News
January 2011
Dear Dr.

Happy 2011!  Unfortunately, it looks a lot like 2010 so far.

Governor Brown announced the "new" proposed state budget last week, leaving many to wonder - what's different? While the budget was presented with a new-found transparency, the cuts are primarily the same - and this means cuts to children's healthcare.  Let's work together to make sure our most vulnerable are not left behind.  See below for information on how you can learn advocaty techniques to support your patients!


Over the next 8 months, about 3 million adolescents will need to provide documentation to middle and high schools that they have received a TdaP vaccine.  We have information in this newsletter to help your offices prepare for this new requirement.

Already thinking you might need a break from flu and ear infections?  Come to Palm Springs for our Annual Clinical Pediatrics Conference taking place Feb 17-20.  This is a great way to connect with fellow practitioners in a casual setting with great faculty!  Register online HERE.


Laura Mabie, MD, FAAP

President, California - Chapter 2

Another year of California Budget Deficit - What can pediatricians and the AAP do?

Gloomy as it may seem - there is hope, and pediatricians are leading the way.


During the first two weeks of January, staff and pediatrician leaders at the American Academy of Pediatrics -California, District IX (the state-wide AAP organization - funded in part by your membership dues - comprising Chapter 2 and our fellow Chapters in Northern California (Chapter 1), Orange County (Chapter 4) and San Diego/Imperial County (Chapter 3)), have already logged hundreds of hours reviewing the budget and meeting with state coalitions to develop strategies to help thwart the potential consequences of the proposed budget cuts for 2011. Read more about the AAP-CA's work on Kris Calvin's, CEO, blog. Want to get involved - keep reading!


Where there is a challenge - there is opportunity.

Advocacy doesn't just happen in Sacramento. We all have a role to play, and for pediatricians, this role can mean the difference between a child falling through the cracks and having access to care. Countless organizations in the counties of AAP-CA2 (San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, Los Angeles and Ventura) are working to ensure children are not left behind when budgets are cut - but they need our help.


That's why Children's Hospital Los Angeles and AAP-Chapter 2 have joined together to develop the Healthcare Provider Alliance for Children. This physician-advocacy training program is designed to prepare physicians to get involved in advocacy - in any way possible.


Throughout the Spring, we will be hosting a series of training programs for Chapter members that will focus on media preparation, letter-writing and the basic "ins-and-outs" of talking with legislators.


Upcoming trainings:

- March 9th - Legislative Advocacy Training (location TBD) 

- March 23rd - Media Training at CHLA

- April 5 - AAP/CMA Legislative Day in Sacramento 


Please contact Kelly Clancy at CHLA for more information or to register for these trainings.

Getting ready for AB354 - Kids and Pertussis Vaccine Verification

Speaking of advocacy - thanks to the great work of AAP-CA and state-wide partners, AB354 was passed into law and will be effective as of July 2011. This new law requires that all students entering 7th - 12th grade in 2011 will need proof of having received the Tdap booster.


What the AAP is doing to help you prepare:

Leaders from AAP-CA2 and District IX are working with the California Department of Public Health to determine the best implementation plan. The plan encompasses working with schools and physicians to ensure children and families get the documentation they need - ahead of time.


AAP-CA2 is working with local organizations and companies to find ways to get the word out and notify parents. We're dedicated to being your resource for information and updates regarding this state-wide implementation.




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