Chapter committees and Sections are great opportunities to get involved in areas that interest you the most. Furthermore, if you are a Fellow member (FAAP), local involvement could position you for leadership opportunities at National AAP.
Expand the areas of interest below to learn more and join.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Committee - Join This
Chaired by Dr. Adam Schickedanz who is a faculty researcher examining the impacts of poverty and ACEs on children's health, this committee has taken off in the last few months educating our chapter members on ACEs and exploring how the Governor's desire to screen for ACEs can be implemented in our clinics. This committee will also attempt to align with the work of our Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris in this area. Consider joining this committee If you work in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or with vulnerable populations such as children in the foster care system or who have been abused or neglected or if this issue is important to you. Vist the ACEs Web page to access the most recent bulletins and available resources.
Anti-Smoking/Vaping Committee - Join This
So much news is coming forth on the youth vaping epidemic that the narrative changes on a weekly basis. The bottom line is that vaping is now associated with serious lung injury and possible death, and many governmental leaders, including Governor Newsom and President Trump, have called for people to stop vaping. Locally, we have had many wins, as we have banned all tobacco sales in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, and banned flavors in Los Angeles County and Long Beach, and many other cities are considering similar flavor bans. These local ordinances have also sparked other anti-tobacco legislation to come back, including smoking in public areas and smoking in multi-unit housing. We have a need to identify chapter members who can provide testimony about the hazards of smoking/vaping in local city council meetings around Los Angeles County and in other counties in our chapters. Please contact us if you are willing to attend your local or nearby city council meeting to provide testimony during public comment if a tobacco-related ordinance is being discussed. Visit the Chapter Vaping Web Page
Immigrant Health Committee - Join This
Chaired by Dr. Sural Shah who is also an inaugural member of the national Council on Immigrant Child Health, this committee has been very active for more than a year as the AAP has been fighting for the health and welfare of immigrant children everywhere, including those detained at our borders and separated from their caregivers. This group has monthly meetings (alternating in-person with conference calls) and has activities such as planning town hall meetings, campaigns to comment on impending regulation changes from the federal government, as well as general advocacy efforts in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs. Please consider getting involved if this issue is important to you.
Immunizations Committee - Join This
With the recent passage of SB 276, along with the passage of SB 277 in 2015, we have a need to have a group of experts who can provide support for our chapter members in implementing the guidelines set forth in these pieces of legislation. Our chapter immunizations liaison is Dr. Candace Gragnani, who recently authored the guidelines for medical exemptions for vaccines which is being adopted throughout the state by the Health Officers in each county. We also have Dr. Ken Zangwill who is an infectious diseases specialist and member of the national Section on Infectious Diseases, along with several vaccine experts in our chapter. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this committee, as an expert or as someone who wants to learn more. We will work on bringing this committee together and providing resources for our chapter members for implementing new vaccine guidelines, along with providing support on how to address anti-vaccine sentiments in your practice.
Membership Committee - Join This
Chaired by the Vice-President of the Board of Directors (this year, Dr. Damodara Rajasekhar), this committee is comprised of our Members-at-Large on the Board and our Area Representatives of each of the seven counties in our chapter. This committee is responsible for welcoming new members and following up with individuals whose membership dues have lapsed. They have monthly calls to brainstorm on how to recruit new members and promote our chapter activities, such as our Annual Symposium and Life After Residency events. This committee is vital to our chapter because we want to be the go-to organization for pediatricians and children's health in our counties.
Physician Wellness Committee - Join This
This is a new priority for our Board, as many physician groups, including National AAP, have recognized that physician burnout and unfortunately, physician suicide is becoming an important issue. We have several members of our chapter very interested in this issue, and we want to support bringing them together to suggest what we can do as a chapter to support our members who are experiencing burnout or struggling with mental health issues. One aspect that the Board has been concerned about is the requirement to disclose whether a physician is receiving mental health treatment on the licensing renewal application for the California Medical Board, and we are pleased to report that due to physician advocacy on this topic, this question will soon be removed. Please consider joining this important committee to come up with ways to support our fellow chapter members to both prevent and address physician burnout.
Practice Management Committee - Join This
This is another area that was identified at our strategic planning retreat as an important activity for chapter members, particularly those in private practice. We are planning to hold regular conference calls for chapter members interested in learning more from each other about billing and coding, office management and operations issues, and quality improvement efforts for practice optimization. Stay tuned for more information as this committee is launched.
Section on Early Career Physicians - Join This
Chaired by our SOECP liaisons (this year, Drs. Melissa Ruiz and Kevin Fang), this committee is comprised of physicians who are transitioning out of residency and fellowship as well as those who are within their first years of practice. After our strategic planning retreat, this was an area that members wanted more activities, particularly around work-life balance. We are hoping to plan an annual networking event in which child care would be provided to bring together the early career physicians in our chapters to discuss work-life balance and other challenges facing this group.
Section on Pediatric Trainees - Join This
Chaired by our SOPT liaison (this year, Dr. Lisa Gantz), this committee is comprised of medical students, pediatric and med-peds residents and pediatric-trained fellows who are currently in training. It is a very active group and is responsible for organizing the Life After Residency event each year, in addition to the trainee poster session at the Annual Symposium. Our members have indicated that supporting pediatric trainees is a priority for our chapter, and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved to support them.