Election Ballots are
Due May 30th - Please vote!
Board of Directors
Meeting June 16th
Please contact us for more information on these
events at Chapter2@aap-ca.org
Looking for New Associates?
Chapter 2 maintains resumes of pediatricians
looking for positions. If you are looking for someone to join
your team, please contact us at Chapter2@aap-ca.org.
Immunization Month (May)
This year's campaign, "iChoose",
encourages parents to promote a lifetime of good health by
ensuring their children receive timely vaccines. Our Chapter will
be providing posters and campaign kits later this month to
interested pediatricians in our area.
Dear Dr. Green
Summer vacation may be right around the corner
for our patients and their families but not for AAP-CA Chapter
2. It's full steam ahead for multiple projects and we need
your help on a few of them.
- 1st, May is National Immunization Month
and we joined forces with the Los Angeles County Department
of Public Health to promote infant and toddler
immunization. An important corollary to this is AAP-CA
District IX sponsored legislation, AB 2093, that will mandate
adequate vaccine reimbursement by health plans.
Contact your legislators now to urge movement of this bill
out of the Appropriations Committee.
- 2nd, the Chapter will concretely
tackle the issue of obesity through its promotion of
National Walk to School week in October and is working with
the Committee on Injury Prevention to address the safety
angle as well. We are hoping to make this a real
community activity and would appreciate you encouraging your
families and local schools to participate.
- 3rd, we're about to award one $1,000 and
two $500 scholarships to three deserving high school
students to help them on their way to a career in the health
sciences. I know many of us were the beneficiaries of
similar awards throughout our educational careers, and it is
your dues support that makes this and all of our Chapter
activities possible. Thank you in advance for renewing
your Chapter membership.
- Finally, voting started May 1st for the
new Board of Directors and you should have received either
an electronic or paper ballot by now. Please support
our excellent slate of candidates and take 10 minutes to
cast your vote.
that is done, I'll let you rest for the summer.
Doyle, MD, FAAP
President, AAP-CA Chapter 2
Chapter 2, along with the 3 other California
AAP Chapters, comprise AAP-CA District IX and a portion of each
Chapter member's dues supports District IX functions. One
of the most important of these functions is statewide advocacy, and
the non-profit status of District IX allows for advocacy
activities not permitted under the Chapter's 501c3
structure. When it comes to issues facing California,
we have a major advantage when we speak as the united voice of
However, there are times when District IX
needs the added support of your individual voice as a
pediatrician, a parent and an advocate. Currently and
urgently, the District Office needs your support for a bill put
forward in conjunction with CMA. AB2093 calls for insurance plans
to set a reasonable floor for vaccine acquisition cost
reimbursement and would require health plans to pay a reasonable
fee for vaccine administration. While the bill passed through the
Assembly Health Committee on April 6, 2010 it is now being held
in Assembly Appropriations. Click here to view a copy of the bill.
Because this bill would affect you directly,
it is very important that your representatives hear from you
directly about the importance of the bill. We have
developed the attached template letter for you to urge Assembly
Appropriations members to move AB 2093 off of its holding
position (known as the suspense file) for a vote.
members in our Chapter area include, Fuentes (Chair), Conway
(Vice Chair), Bradford, Davis, De Leon, Hall and Miller. Please
go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html to
identify which Assembly person is in your district and take
action now. You can call or write them [TEMPLATE
LETTER] now to urge them
to move AB 2093 off of suspense.
All letters help, but this is
particularly important if you have a personal relationship with
your Assembly member or their staff.
AAP-CA2 is in the planning
phases of developing a "Walk to School Wednesdays"
awareness program as part of our efforts to develop programs
related to obesity prevention. Members Dr. Tracy Zazslow and Dr.
Corinn Cross are leading the charge in this effort, which will
encourage LA area schools to participate in the international
Walk to School Wednesday on October 6th 2010.
We are looking for other members who might be interested in
helping to reach out to schools or develop similar awareness
programs in other counties this Fall. If you're interested in learning
more, please send an email with the subject: Walk to School
Wednesdays to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National AAP Positions
Available: Editorial positions are now open on the Hospital
Pediatrics Editorial Board and NeoReviews.org publications,
- Editor-in-Chief - Hospital
Pediatrics Editorial Board - Click here for nomination directions and
requirements. Nominations must be received by June 14 at
- Associate Editor - NeoReviews.org
Editorial Board - Click here for nomination directions and
requirements. Nominations must be received by June 25 at
CATCH Grant Applications are now available: The 2011 CATCH Planning
Funds and Cycle 1 Resident Funds Call for Proposals and online
application are now available. The information can be found at