• VIDEOS: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents

    View videosAddressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents

  • NEW HPV Resource Page

    Newly added resource page for HPV resources including articles, videos and useful links.  Visit Resource Page.

  • FREE MOC Program for Members

    As a benefit to AAP-CA3 Members, we invite you to participate in a FREE Maintenance of Certifications (MOC) Program through our website for 25 credits of MOC Part IV. Simply register HERE.

  • Initiative to Enhance Behavioral Health Care Capacity

    San 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:

    1. On Call telephone access for pediatric providers to Child Psychiatrist Consultants, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 – 4:30
    2. Assistance in implementation of Behavioral Health Screening Tools
    3. Patient referral supports by BHCS Clinicians and Health Educators
    4. Community-based monthly Parent Education Seminars in four geographic areas
    5. CME Trainings on behavioral health issues organized in conjunction with the San Diego Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Systems, Inc.
    6. 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.

  • REPORT: Early Childhood Mental Health Services

    The Commitment to Early Childhood Mental Health Services in San Diego County: Dedication, Vision, Innovation.
    Environmental Scan, May 2013 Report now available.
    Download report here.

  • UCSD Pediatric Resident Book Award Winners

    Our September 2014 AAP Award Winners this month are:

    Dr. Peter Guyon – for stepping in to the intern role in an outstanding manner
    Dr. Christine Dehnert – for excelling during inpatient wards and NICU

    View past winners.


A Message from the President

Wendy Wright, MD, FAAP


As I begin my term as President of the local chapter of the AAP (AAP-CA3), I look forward to all our new opportunities. 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, a pediatric literacy program. We are also have projects to assist pediatricians in dealing with vaccine-hesitant parents, the SmartCare Behavioral Health Consultation Service-Pediatrics (BHCS-Peds) that helps facilitate pediatrician’s care of children with mental health issues and a Teen Safe Driving Project. Our longstanding partnership with the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative and the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition continue. It all takes help from pediatricians! Look through the web site and get involved!

Wendy Wright, MD, FAAP
Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego
AAP-CA Chapter 3 President


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