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The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to champion optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young
adults and to advocate for and support its members in these endeavors.
Chapter 2 includes seven of the ten Southern California counties: Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
We publish a monthly newsletter highlighting current affairs, advocacy priorities and events
Members can be highlighted on our website, featuring short videos to showcase projects and accomplishments.
Join us on February 27 for the 2021 Advances in Pediatrics Symposium, broadcast via Zoom from Tamkin Auditorium at UCLA. We have a fantastic speaker line-up. Please join us for this annual virtual conference. Participants will receive CME and MOC Part 2 credit.
Access to Committees
AAP-CA2 Pediatric Job Fair
We host an annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Job Fair: “Life After Residency”. While the presentation is tailored for graduating residents, all members are welcome to attend to visit with potential employers who are searching for pediatricians in the seven counties we serve. This event is co-organized with the Section on Pediatric Trainees. This year, it will be held on February 18th, 2021 from 6-9 PM via zoom.
Legislative Advocacy is our strongest presence, locally and in the State – The health industry is changing and the pace in Sacramento is constantly moving. As a member of AAP Southern California Chapter 2, your voice as a pediatrician can be heard through the State Government Affairs committee.
Our local priorities are safe return to school (COVID-19), immunizations, teenage vaping, immigrant health and ACEs. We are part of local coalitions and you will see us speak at several press conferences. In 2021, we have issued press releases and held press conferences on the safe return to in-person education. We have given statements in favor of a ban on flavored tobacco at over twenty municipalities, and in front of the County of Los Angeles Supervisors. We were instrumental in the adoption of the first two citywide ordinances in the US prohibiting the sale of all tobacco products: Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach.
Reach out and Read Inland Empire
Reach Out and Read Inland Empire gives young children in Riverside and San Bernardino County a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
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Family & Provider Resources
Help Me Grow Inland Empire
Help Me Grow Inland Empire provides free developmental screenings and risk screenings for families with young children. Help Me Grow also provides free referrals to community services and early intervention services, and helps families navigate these services. Families and providers can visit the Help Me Grow website or call the Access Center at 1-888-HMGIE-16 for information and support.
ACEs Aware is an initiative led by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services to give Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.
Resources for Families
Reach Out and Read is here for you so that you can be there for them. We understand the difficulties of parenting especially during the current climate of the world. Young children are very observant, and you may be struggling to address difficult conversations with them. It is during these times of anxiety when children are most in need of a secure environment and opportunities for one-on-one engagement with a loved one.