American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2 | Pasadena Unified School District | Young & Healthy
The American Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2) is composed of more than 1,700 pediatricians in the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside. AAP-CA2 has partnered with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), and with Young & Healthy, with the goal of providing PUSD parents with access to affordable health care, placing students in a medical home, and providing education and resources relevant to the areas of most concern to parents today.
"Ask a Pediatrician"
Have you attended one of our events? We have designed an interactive session where parents may ask general questions regarding the health of their children. Look below for the date of the next event that you can attend.
Better Health/ Better Life Conference
Meet Dr. Melissa Ruiz in person!
Saturday, November 18 at the Villa Parke Community Center
Information Booth from 8 AM to 1 PM
Dr. Ruiz will give a talk at 12:05 PM "A Medical Home For All Children"
What is this page about?
This page contains concise videos with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations by Dr. Melissa Ruiz, MD, MPH, FAAP. Additionally, there are links to articles on HealthyChildren.org, as well as contact information to Young & Healthy, an organization in Pasadena that is devoted to assisting families with finding affordable health care for children.
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How can we help you? Young & Healthy
Does your child attend a school in the Pasadena Unified School District? Do you need assistance getting a doctor or dentist for your child?
Please contact us! Tel: (626) 795-5166 http://yhpasadena.org/
Young & Healthy’s mission is to provide access to high-quality health care for uninsured and underserved children and families, to improve the quality of life for all children in the greater Pasadena area through prevention, education, and enhanced health care services.
The Medical Home
Every child should have a pediatrician.
A medical home is a trusting partnership between you, your child, and your pediatric primary health care team. A medical home means that your pediatrician:
- Knows your child's health history
- Listens to your concerns and needs (as well as your child's)
- Treats your child with compassion
- Has an understanding of their strengths
- Develops a care plan with you and your child when needed
- Respects and honors your culture and traditions
Your pediatrician can help you and your child access and coordinate specialty care, other health care and educational services, in and out of home care, family support, and other public/private community services that are important to the overall well-being of you and your child. Visit the AAP's National Center for Medical Home Implementation site to learn more about the importance of medical home for you and your family.
Click THIS LINK to learn more about the importance of a Medical Home as outlined on the Healthy Children website.
Protecting Against Preventable Diseases
Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and parents live with much less anxiety and worry over infections during childhood. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine.
Click here to view the most up-to-date immunization schedules.
Click the link above to learn more about immunizations from the Healthy Children website of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Is your child getting enough sleep?
Proper sleep is essential to a child’s development and performance. Watch Dr. Melissa Ruiz as she summarizes the recommendations of sleep as provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What can you do to provide a safer environment on the internet for your children?
Watch Dr. Melissa Ruiz as she provides an overview of Internet Safety for children, as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Car Seat Restraint
Children should be properly restrained while riding in a vehicle. Please watch these videos to see demonstrations on the proper use of Rear-Facing Seats for young children, and Boosters for older children.
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