AAP California Chapter 2
Dear Dr. Green
Your Board and staff continue to make progress over the
summer. We are gearing up for a busy fall and want to bring
you the information you need to get involved with your
Please consider talking to your local school's
PTA/principal about Walk
to School Month (October) and especially, Walk to School
Wednesday on October 6, 2010. We have
resources for you to use.
Dr. DuPlessis, Marissa Green, and I recently attended the Joint
District Meeting in San Diego. There we met with leadership
from the other California Chapters, National AAP, and from District
X which includes Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Puerto
It was fascinating to learn from each other and to get a chance
to meet the two candidates for President-Elect of the AAP.
is open now! Please exercise your right to help choose
our national spokesperson. There is plenty of
information about the two candidates on the AAP website
along with the mechanics of voting (www.aap.org). This year, you may
vote electronically or by phone. Let me know if you
need help with any of this. Don't complain-VOTE!
The District meeting was also
used to help showcase some of the programs National AAP has for its members.
Please see our article about these below.
Lastly, please continue to protect your newborns from
pertussis by encouraging
the adults and adolescents in their environment to get TdaP.
The epidemic continues to grow.
Laura Mabie, MD FAAP
President, California Chapter 2
It's time to
walk to school!
is quickly becoming one of our nation's fastest growing
epidemics. California is experiencing the detriment of this disease
first-hand as our children and families struggle to maintain a
healthy lifestyle. In an effort to help fight this growing
disease in Los Angeles, AAP-CA2
is working with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the
Safe Routes to School Program to increase awareness about Walk to
School Month (October) and Walk to School Wednesday (October 6).
fall, children will be going back to school and many will opt to
ride the bus or take a ride from a parent or friend, rather than getting
exercise by walking to school, but we can help change that. As
part of our commitment, AAP-CA2 is developing tools for
pediatricians to use to help patients understand the importance
of exercise on a daily basis and how walking to school can help children
and families combat obesity. Information about how to walk to school
safely and discussion points for educating parents and kids is
available for all interested pediatricians - please click here for more information and contact
us to get involved. (Chapter2@aapca.org)
During the Joint District meeting, Leaders of
Chapter 2 heard from various leaders at the National level. Within
these presentations, several online resources were brought to our
attention that we want to be sure you're aware of. These helpful
tools may be the link to information you've been searching
- Practice Management Online - Through
funding from Wyeth, National AAP has developed a comprehensive
practice management Web site that is FREE to all AAP
members. The site includes tips on coding, organizational
platforms for your office, and a plethora of information for
you, your staff and partners.
- Federal Affairs Web site - One of the
driving forces behind National AAP is it's Federal Affairs
department located in Washington DC. In an effort to help
pediatricians get connected on National advocacy issues, the
department developed a tailored Web site where you can
register to receive information specific to your Senators
and Congressperson. The site also includes a rapid-response
function that allows members to send emails to their
legislators directly from the site.
- YP Connection - Residents, medical
students, Trainees, Fellows and Young Physicians are the
future of Pediatrics. With that in mind, the SOMRTF and the
Section on Young Physicians have joined together to create
an online platform where they can share information and find
- HealthyChildren.org - Looking for a
place to send your parents for REAL information about kids
health? HealthyChildren.org is designed to provide
accessible and accurate information to parents about
important kids health topics. Be sure to register your
information on the site for parents looking for a