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AAP - California Advocacy Update 


Your membership dues helped make 

change in California legislation this year!  


Governor Brown made his final signatures this month, click here to see how the AAP in California made a difference.




November 14th - LA-HPAC Children's Health Advocacy Symposium

 CHLA - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


November 16th - Project TRUST/AAP Multi-Unit Housing Smoking Cessation Seminar 

Contact Us for Details.  


November 17 - 20 - AAP-California Annual Pediatric Seminar in Las Vegas


Each year the AAP-CA2 Committee on Service, Education and Mentoring awards two residents a $500 stipend for outstanding research. 

Click here to learn more and meet the deadline of January 23rd.

Reach out and Read Quality Improvement - Maintenance of Certification Opportunity!


Updated QI Project Overview (now 6 months) and QI Project Application  


Application deadline

 Nov 30, 2011

Next Project start date February 1, 2012

Apply to the 2012-2013 Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program 

Napa, California

January 2012 - April 2013

 Introducing a New Member Benefit: 

Practice Web sites

from Officite

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a new AAP member benefit affinity program with Officite , a national medical Web site development and internet marketing company. 
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American Academy of Pediatrics, California - Chapter 2           October 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Dr.  

Thank you to all of you who participated in our recent Strategic Planning survey and focus groups. Your input has been invaluable as the Executive Committee and Board of Directors continue developing the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. Read below about what you and your peers had to say in the survey and how the Chapter will use the information.

In other news, we have some great seminars coming up in November covering tobacco prevention in multiunit housing, featuring Jonathan P. Winickoff, of the Julius B. Richmond Center. The seminar will discuss LA-based research on smoke exposure in multiunit research conducted through the LA Department of Public Health's Project TRUST program. 

Additionally, our partners with the LA - Health Care Provider Alliance for Children are hosting a symposium on November 14th to discuss hot topics in access to care for children in California. Click here for details. 

It's hard to believe it is October already - but we are excited about the changes to come for our Chapter and hope that you will all join us as we embark on these new activities to bring our community of physicians together. 

Laura Mabie, MD, FAAP
AAP - California, Chapter 2

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ResultsYou spoke... We listened... and now we're changing!
Strategic Direction
More than 200 pediatricians from across Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and Central coast regions participated in our Strategic Planning survey and focus groups. 

The information gleaned from these surveys has helped the Board of Directors develop the Strategic Direction for 2012-2015 for AAP-CA2. Your input was invaluable in helping the Chapter think differently about how to address the needs of local pediatricians. 

We are excited about this new direction and look forward to moving launching new communications and programs in 2012 to support pediatricians as the Professional Home for Pediatricians in Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and Central Coast.

Key Survey Results ... and Changes

Pediatricians worry most about the current economic crisis and its effect on health care. Pediatricians listed the following as other top concerns:
    * Changes to the health care delivery system
    * Work-life balance
    * Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of             Certification
  • HOW WE'RE CHANGING: Under the new strategic plan, the Chapter will focus communications and educational activities to help pediatricians learn about and address these challenges.
Members are looking for information online and want to be able to connect with other members to talk about issues and ideas.
  • HOW WE'RE CHANGING: We're going virtual! AAP-CA2 will be launching a series of new electronic communications next year to help connect our members, including:
    • New Web site featuring a Members-Only section with relevant local resources to help your practice 
    • New electronic, peer-developed publications, including blogs and newsletters
    • AAP-CA2 is also creating a new calendar of events with town hall meetings in each county in 2012 
Members indicated they joined the Chapter because it is the "local voice and advocate for pediatricians" and while many pediatricians would like to participate in more advocacy-related programs, many do not have the time. 
  • HOW WE'RE CHANGING: AAP-CA2 is your voice in California. With access to legislators, payors and community organizations, AAP-CA2 is dedicated to ensuring the voice of pediatricians is heard! We will continue to serve you in this way, and are enhancing our efforts with:
    • New monthly California advocacy updates 
    • Platforms for you to provide feedback to the Chapter on our Web site and through our listserv. 
    • Activating our listserv for discussions on hot topics
    • More advocacy training and leadership opportunities for members!
    • We look forward to hearing from you!
Most members said they would become more involved in the Chapter if they knew about opportunities or if someone invited them.  
  • HOW WE'RE CHANGING: Whether you have an hour to spare, or want to lead a program or work group - the Chapter has an opportunity for you. Under the new strategic plan, we will initiate a new format for reaching out to pediatricians so you can become more involved in the programs you're interested in. 
    • Together we can make a difference - and we want you to be a part of making change for California kids.

CT scans and Radiation - Update 


We recently included an article in our monthly E-Newsletter related to the potential harm of radiation through CT scans in children. During our recent townhall meeting in Woodland Hills, this came up again. 


Dr. Paula Whiteman, Member-At-Large for Chapter 2 shared this article from Lancet that aims to help physicians identify low-risk patients who may not need CT scans when brain injury is suspected. 


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