AAP California Chapter 2
Dear Dr. Green
AAAHH-did you hear that sigh of relief as moms
across the country sent their children back to school? For
us, it is a time to gear up for the coming illness season.
It is also the time of year to prepare for sharing
your ideas with the leadership of the AAP. The Annual
Leadership Forum (ALF), where AAP Leadership will determine
action on nearly 100 resolutions submitted by members from across
the nation. If
you have a concern about children, medical financing, advocacy,
or even how the AAP is run, bring it to us as soon as you
can. Resolutions are due to National by
December 1st. Click here for details. Any member of
the AAP can submit a resolution. Give it some thought.
We are also highlighting our efforts surrounding Walk to School Month in
October. We have several ways for you to
become involved in this fun way to combat obesity and connect
with your community.
The first area neighborhoods that will be part of the National Children's
Study have been selected. Read below to see
if your families will have to opportunity to be involved in this
Laura Mabie, MD FAAP
President, California Chapter 2
is here! It's time to get walking...
is Walk to School Month AAP-CA2 is getting involved and we hope
you will too! We have partnered with the California Walk to
School program, Safe Routes to School and the Los Angeles Unified
School District to launch a Chapter-wide initiative designed to
encourage walk-to-school programs and increase awareness about
the health benefits of walking to school.
There are several options for getting involved that
meet your time constraints:
1. Contact us!
We can provide materials, tools and contacts for how
to get started! Email us at Chapter2@aap-ca.org or visit our Web site for flyers,
information, press materials and other pertinent information: www.aapca2.org/walktober
2. Educate your families/patients!
a few minutes? Start the conversation... Talk with your parents and
patients about the importance of exercise and how walking to
school may be an option.
- Walk to School Overview
- Keep them Safe: Put information about these safe walking routes in your waiting room
Champion a School!
If you have more time to be involved, think about
working with your local elementary or high school to initiate a
Walk to School program... AAP-CA2 is currently working with LAUSD
to launch programs in X schools this year ... here are some ideas
to get you started:
- Contact the local school district medical
director or nurse administrator and ask them to co-lead the
- Gather key groups to discuss community needs,
- PTA/Parent Organizations
- Police or Security
- Other pediatricians or family doctors
Make a plan! There
are lots of things schools/communities an do! Click here for some
Children's Study Update
will be the largest longitudinal study of children, their
families and the environment ever carried out in the United
States. It is the first study of its kind to assess how
genetics, the environment (physical, chemical, biological and
psychosocial), and behavior affect health and wellbeing
throughout a child's life (from before birth - 21 years).
The AAP-CA2 is an active community partner with the Los Angeles
-Ventura Study Center (LAVSC). Families in the designated LAVSC
will receive an invitation to participate in the NCS this fall.
These areas include neighborhoods in 14 randomly selected areas
within LA county:
2) North Hills
3) Sun Valley
6) West Covina
9) San Pedro
11) Crenshaw District
14) Highland Park
subsequent years, the LAVSC will expand to a total of 56
communities in LA County and 10 communities in Ventura County.
If you serve residents from any the above communities you may be
asked to let expectant mothers know that they may be able to
participate in the NCS by calling 877-834-7064.
Additionally, we urge you to welcome NCS community outreach and
engagement staff as they may visit you with information and
materials you can post in your office. If you would
like further information, or wish to request outreach materials
please contact the Chapter (Chapter2@aap.org), or Celia Brugman,
NCS-LAVSC Senior Community Liaison (CBrugman@mednet.ucla.edu).