Sharing A Message from AAP President Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP 

April 20, 2021

Dear colleagues: ​​

The news of the murder conviction in the death of George Floyd comes after weeks, months and years of intense, accumulated pain. This moment does not take away the underlying, systemic causes of racism and violence that impact communities of color. But it can be a moment for us to reflect and set our own plans for how we can make a generational change to improve the lives of our patients, families and communities.

Many of you live and work in communities that have been traumatized and retraumatized by the killings of Black and brown teens by police. To my Black pediatrician colleagues, I do not know your pain, but I stand with you in it. We at the AAP will continue to speak out with our words and push forward with our actions to address racism's effects on children and families.

These principles are echoed in our Equity Agenda Year One work plan, which includes a focus on anti-Black racism. I will share more of these plans with you in the coming months, and I hope that many of you will be engaged in this critical work. A significant task before us is development of a new policy statement on the impact of adverse policing exposures on child, family and community health. The AAP Board of Directors approved the intent to draft this policy statement in November, and it will be an important, foundational document for AAP advocacy when it is published.

We know current policing practices often have a disparate and harmful impact on communities of color. As researchers documented in a research brief in Pediatrics in December, Black and Hispanic adolescents are significantly more likely to die from shootings related to police intervention, compared to non-Hispanic white adolescents. This mirrors similar racial and ethnic disparities in adults, and it highlights the need for interventions. We need comprehensive and community-engaged strategies to prevent more deaths like those of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and all the other young men and women we have lost.

As pediatricians, at an individual level, we must have open conversations with our patients in our exam rooms, to assess the impact of individual and community-level trauma and be prepared to provide care to them. At a local level, I encourage you to connect with your AAP chapter, advance policies in your state and be a voice in your community speaking out. At a national level, AAP is actively advocating for ways to counter and mitigate the harmful effects of racism on children and adolescents, and we will share whenever there are opportunities for you to join us. Our 201policy statement on the impact of racism on child and adolescent health provides a road map of strategies that we are pursuing at all levels.

Pediatricians play a vital role in this moment of reckoning. Using our voices to speak up for our patients, using our platform to push for meaningful change, we can make a real difference as we confront the work that lies ahead. Thank you for all you do for children.

Sincerely, 
Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP
President​

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    • ​FREE PediaLink Course: Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity​​
      The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched a FREE course based on the Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds 21) program at the 2020 AAP National Conference. Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity is a is a series of educational videos that explores what these concepts mean for pediatricians in our practices, institutions, and communities, and how we can advance child health equity by ​applying an anti-racist lens to the systems shaping health and medicine. By the end of the series, you will be ready, able, and inspired to help address the inequities that contribute to health disparities, create the conditions we know support healthier children and families, and ensure all children and adolescents have a fair chance at a healthy future. This online video series is eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit.​​​​

COVID-19 Update

​The AAP continues to provide necessary support to pediatric health care professionals, patients, and families during as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

COVID-19 resources and updated guidance for health care professionals:

COVID-19 resources for families on HealthyChildren.org:

Stay Connected with Colleagues Through the Ongoing Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is more important than ever to remain connected with colleagues. In spring 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched a discussion board for AAP members to do just that. As the conditions of the pandemic have changed, the AAP has modified the COVID-19 discussion board to reflect the challenges of today. Featured are:

          • An online library for members to share resources
          • Refined list of topics that reflect the most current trends
          • Search feature to find discussions related to topics of interest

Take a moment to visit the refresheCOVID-19 discussion board today and connect with your colleagues!​

PSA: Call Your Pediatrician Campaign
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Call Your Pediatrician campaign urges families and caregivers to get caught up on all their child's immunizations as soon as possible. The latest installment portrays parents who get their children caught up on their vaccines as animated superheroes. Videos can be viewed in English and Spanish.

​Quick links:

​​Bi-Monthly e-Newsletter​

Join the NRC-PFCMH Team at AMCHP!
Are you attending the annual Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference this year? The NRC-PFCMH team is proud to share we will be exhibiting three posters virtually this year with an accompanying accessible recording/transcript for each! ​

Additional Implementation Resources 

Confer​enc​es, e-Learning, and Events

      • National Caregiver Summit
        May 25, 2021​

        The National Caregiver Summit is a free one-day, interactive virtual event that will foster learning and collaboration while driving advocacy and action on key issues that impact all caregivers, including families/caregivers of children with disabilities and medical complexity.​
      • ​​​Family ​Voices Leadership 2021 Conference (Virtual)
        June 8, 10, 15, 2021 | 12:00-5:30pm ET
        Join the Family Voices Leadership conference to share promising practices and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of families and professionals partnering to improve health care for all children, including CYSHCN. Explore sessions on health equity, supporting families during the pandemic, telehealth, family and youth engagement, organizational development, communication strategies, and impacting policy. Learn more and visit their website to register#FVLC2021
Partners and National Initiatives

      • COVID​-19 Care and Vaccine Access Fact Sheets​
        The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) developed two fact sheets to help both patients and providers better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines in response to concerns of access barriers some immigrants are facing regarding documentation requests prior to receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and individuals inappropriately being sent bills for COVID-19 vaccine fees. The COVID-19 vaccines are FREE to all individuals living in the United States and these resources will help to empower patients and educate providers on this fact.
Speakers presented on the development and testing of the CARE_PATH for Kids and discuss how pediatric practices can integrate the model into the SPoC. The recording and presentation slides are now available. ​​​​​​​​​