Newly added links to resources, readings, and videos regarding immunization schedules and safety.
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SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Read & Romp
5th Annual READ AND ROMP
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9am to 12 noon
McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station – San Diego
Read and Romp is a fun family fundraiser with activities that encourage parents to read to their children & promote a love of reading. Read and Romp activities best suited for children ages 8 and under.
See our website for sponsorship opportunities- www.rorsd.org
AAP-CA3′s 2012 Pediatrician of the YearCongratulations to Amethyst Cureg, MD MPH as recipient of the AAP-CA3′s 2012 Pediatrician of the Year Award! The Pediatrician of the Year Award is given to an outstanding pediatrician who has contributed to the improvement of child health care at the chapter level. It can be given for either a special project or for years of service on behalf of children. In order to be eligible for the Pediatrician of the Year Award, a chapter member must be a Fellow in good standing of the local chapter. Link to article.
Photo from left to right: Mark Sawyer, MD, AAP-CA3 President, Meredith Kennedy, MPH, AAP-CA3 Executive Director, Honoree Amethyst Cureg, MD, MPH and Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH, AAP-CA3 Immediate Past President.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger:AAP Child Health Advocate of 2013The AAP Committee on State Government Affairs (COSGA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 AAP Child Health Advocate Award. The AAP Child Health Advocate Award acknowledges the significant accomplishments of public officials and advocates who have served as a voice for children in state government. Dr Dean Sidelinger was nominated by California District IX in recognition of his advocacy work on behalf of children. Dr Sidelinger’s nomination was selected by COSGA, and approved by the AAP Executive Committee.
Dr Sidelinger currently serves as Child Health Medical Officer for the Health and Human Services Agency of San Diego County, CA. In this role, Dr Sidelinger provides strategic planning and direction for the County of San Diego’s programs impacting the county’s children and families as part of “Live Well, San Diego!”, a 10 year plan to build a safe, healthy, and thriving community. Programs that Dr Sidelinger oversees include children’s mental health, child welfare services, First 5 San Diego, health promotion, immunizations, maternal and child health, MediCal, and others. Prior to serving as Chief Health Medical Officer, Dr Sidelinger served as the county’s Deputy Public Health Officer.
Dr Sidelinger’s accomplishments extend beyond just working for the County of San Diego. He is an active member of the AAP California Chapter 3, having served as Vice President and Treasurer. Dr Sidelinger is a member of both the AAP Council on Community Pediatrics and the AAP Pediatric Leadership Alliance Planning Group.
Dr Sidelinger joins 34 other distinguished recipients who have been presented the AAP Child Health Advocate Award since 1991. The AAP thanks Dr Sidelinger for his career-long commitment to child health and issues affecting families in California, and District IX for submitting his nomination.
The Academy’s Division of State Government Affairs will be soliciting nominations for the 2014 AAP Child Health Advocate Award this coming January. To learn more about the AAP Child Health Advocate Award, please contact Jeff Hudson in the Division of State Government Affairs at 800/433-9016, extension 7799 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initiative to Enhance Behavioral Health Care CapacitySan Diego County Health & Human Services Agency Initiative to Enhance Behavioral Health Care Capacity in the Pediatric Medical Home
In concert with the national trend to enhance integration of core behavioral healthcare service capacity in the pediatric health home context, San Diego County recently contracted with Vista Hill, a long time provider of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities services, to provide support to pediatricians and pediatric clinics to enhance their capacity to address behavioral concerns of their patients.
Vista Hill’s SmartCare Behavioral Health Consultation Services – Pediatrics (BHCS-Peds) will work in coordination with AAP-CA3 to introduce a variety of practice development and service supports for pediatricians and their patients to achieve the goals of the County’s integration initiative. Services will be available free of charge to all pediatric practices that serve MediCal patients, with consultation services available regarding all patients, regardless of their health insurance status.
Services available through the program will include:
- On Call telephone access for pediatric providers to Child Psychiatrist Consultants, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 – 4:30
- Assistance in implementation of Behavioral Health Screening Tools
- Patient referral supports by BHCS Clinicians and Health Educators
- Community-based monthly Parent Education Seminars in four geographic areas
- CME Trainings on behavioral health issues organized in conjunction with the San Diego Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Systems, Inc.
- Other supports and services.
For more information: 858 956-5900
Program Staff: Deborah Skvarna, MFT, Program Manager; Bella Montgomery, RNP, Clinical Triage Officer; Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists: Mark Chenven, M.D., Will Connor, M.D., Charmi Patel Rao, M.D.
Commitment to Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesThe Commitment to Early Childhood Mental Health Services in San Diego County: Dedication, Vision, Innovation.
Environmental Scan, May 2013 Report now available.
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UCSD Pediatric Resident Book Award WinnersOur October 2013 AAP Award Winners this month are:
Lauren Steele for newborn care and medical student education
Sri Grevich for leadership and teaching
A Message from the President
Mark H. Sawyer, MD, FAAP
I have enjoyed serving as President of our Chapter for the last two years. We have worked hard to increase the participation of local pediatricians in the chapter’s activities and our members are engaged in some exciting programs. Among them are our community outreach and coordination for the Healthy Development Services and the newer Home Visiting Programs, as well as Reach Out and Read San Diego. We are in the planning phase of a project to assist pediatricians in dealing with vaccine-hesitant parents. Through the efforts of the chapter, the new SmartCare Behavioral Health Consultation Service-Pediatrics (BHCS-Peds) is beginning which will facilitate pediatrician’s care of children with mental health issues. Our longstanding partnership with the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative and the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition continue and our CME programs have included excellent speakers. It all takes help from pediatricians! Look through the web site and get involved in something the chapter is doing!
Mark H. Sawyer, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
UCSD School of Medicine