​Medical Home Initiatives New Releases
        • ​​​​ICYMI: New Resources from the NRC-PFCMH!
          The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) sent 2 special editions of the Medical Home e-Newsletter highlighting new social determinants of health and health equity resources. Archived issues are available below:
        • ​​Call for Innovative and Promising Practices for AAP EHDI Program
          AAP Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is now accepting applications for Innovative and Promising Practices featuring practical and innovative​ implementation strategies that contribute to the care of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and their families. Selected practices will be featured on the AAP EHDI web page and disseminated broadly to EHDI stakeholders, EHDI Chapter Champions and the AAP community. Complete this application for an opportunity to share strategies from your program or practice, along with challenges and lessons learned. Contact the AAP EHDI program aapehdi@aap.org with any questions. ​
            • Nationwide Children's Hospital focused on systems of care for children and families who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). The Ohio Department of Health formed an audiology work group to develop guidelines for diagnostic centers who provide infant audiologic assessment recognizing the growing issue of reduced follow-up after referral on the newborn hearing screening due to severe restriction of outpatient services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​
            • Children's Minnesota Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic restructured its newborn hearing screening program to limit the number of appointments needed by families, in addition to improving timely diagnosis. After restructuring, the clinic has seen improved diagnosis time, reduced number of infants who are lost to follow-up, and overall improvement on EHDI 1-3-6 goals.
​​Strategies for how pediatricians can support this work are highlighted. For more information on the AAP EHDI program, visit aap.org/ehdi.
​​​Interested in replicating this Innovative and Promising Practice in your practice? Contact aapehdi@aap.org to learn more about next steps

American Academy of Pediatrics Tools, Resources, and New Releases 
        • New Telehealth Use Cases for the Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum 2nd Edition
          Announcing two new resources for pediatric health professionals engaged in coordinating care for patients with complex needs and with specific interest in learning about opportunities for leveraging telehealth. These two new use cases have been integrated into the HRSA/ MCHB funded Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Each use case presents an overview of needs and goals to consider for the given patient/family, describes alignment with AAP policy recommendations, and provides considerations for equitable access to care coordination via telehealth. These use cases were developed through a collaboration between Boston Children's Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Health Resources and Services Administration. Brief summaries of each use case follow:
​​The development of these resources is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
        • ​​AAP Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention
          The AAP in collaboration with the CDC has partnered with parent social media influencers to raise awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) prevention using the hashtags #preventACEs and #findyour3. Pediatrician influencers—Dr. S. Amna Husain, Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, Dr. Kelly Fradin, Dr. Nicole Baldwin, Dr. Todd Wolynn, Dr. Ilan Shapiro and Dr. Nia Heard-Garris—have joined this campaign and we invite you to do so too using the tags #preventACEs and #findyour3. We also encourage you to follow these pediatricians and parent influencers and share their messages.

          Visit our campaign webpage for information and campaign materials. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Tammy Hurley at thurley@aap.org
        • Free PediaLink Courses on Developmental Surveillance
          The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted, among many things, the need to ensure that essential services are available and remain available for all children. These services include the identification of children at risk for developmental delays and disabilities as well as appropriate early intervention evaluations and services. 

          The PediaLink course Innovative Strategies for Improving Developmental Surveillance and Screening shares findings and tips from key informant interviews with general pediatricians, which were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will allow pediatric clinicians to learn new and innovative strategies for improving developmental surveillance, screening, referral, and follow-up within their current models of care to ensure that children are receiving these essential services. This course provides information on “how" to approach improving your practice's early identification process. It complements the PediaLink course Milestones Matter: Don't Underestimate Developmental Surveillance, which helps pediatricians/pediatric providers recognize the components of developmental surveillance as well as how surveillance and screening work together for early identification of developmental delays and disabilities.
        • ​​Tool to Help Pediatricians and Parents Partner to Identify Early Signs of Motor D​elay
          This interactive, web-based tool to help parents and caregivers of young children (ages 5 and under) who have concerns about their child's physical development. This award winning tool, titled Physical Developmental Delay: What to Look For, www.healthychildren.org/motordelay (also available en Español) gives parents information about physical developmental milestones such as rolling over, sitting without support or walking. Via on-screen guidance, parents are encouraged to start a conversation with their child's pediatrician. Pediatricians who are approached by parents/caregivers are encouraged to follow up via an expanded history and neurologic examination. Rarely is a wait-and-see approach appropriate. It is essential to ask parents broad, open-ended questions and listen carefully for any concerns. Parents know their child best and are a strong partner in the clinical assessment of child's posture, play, and spontaneous motor function without the stressful demands of performance under deliberate observation.

          Pediatricians can refer to the AAP clinical report, Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation, for guidance on surveillance, screening, and appropriate testing and referral recommendations.
        • ​​Charting The Course to Better Care for Children with Medical C​omplexity
          How do MCH programs use journey maps? This issue brief spotlights several creative and dynamic journey maps developed by states in the Children with Medical Complexity Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CMC CoIIN). Journey maps provide a way to effectively visualize each teams journey and objectives over project implementation, in order to envision a direction forward.
        • New Pediatric Trauma Verification Standards 
          The National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPR​P) is the flagship initiative of the federally funded Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program. The project is based on joint AAP policy guidelines led by the EMSC, the AAP, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association. The new standards were announced November 17 during the 2021 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Quality Improvement Program annual conference. A press release with details on this new standard from the American College of Surgeons can be found here. Start preparing by developing a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) through the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center's Trauma Improvement Sprint over two half-days on February 23 and March 2. A PECC can be any physician, nurse, or clinical team member; previous pediatric experience is not required. Register by February 20.​​
Family Resources
        • Family Voices Launches Anti-Racism Toolkit
          Family Voices United to End Racis​m Against CYSHCN and their Families (FamU) launched a toolkit website designed to support the important work of dismantling racism in health care. The website offers concrete tools designed to support organizations and individuals to become more culturally competent and responsive by building meaningful, equitable engagement with Black children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. The toolkit features a variety of documents, multi-media articles, videos, and other relevant resources focused on three key objectives: Build Competence by learning about the history of race in the U.S. and racial disparities in health care; Foster Connectedness by creating opportunities to engage in raw, honest, uncomfortable conversations necessary to bring about change; and, Encourage Confidence to Act with the creation of materials and resources to equip toolkit users to start, lead, and sustain conversations to dismantle racism in health care of Black CYSHCN in their own locality. ​
Additional Implementation Resources
Conferences, e-Learning, and Events
        • ​​21st Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conferen​ce
          March 13-15, 2022
          Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 National EHDI Conference will be an all-virtual conference. Registrants will have access to all plenary sessions, concurrent topic​al breakout sessions, instructional sessions (with specific, additional registration requirements) and networking opportunities. Additional conference information is available on the conference website.
            • ​​​​People who have previously registered to attend in-person will be automatically switched to attend as a virtual attendee. Full refunds will be made to previous registrants if they choose not to attend virtually. Registration for instructional sessions and fields trips that will not be offered virtually will be fully refunded or switched to another session.
            • ​​​​​Anyone who has made a hotel reservation should cancel it NOW to avoid any penalty.

              The Early Registration Rate is extended to Friday, February 18, 2022.
        • AAP Advocacy Conference​
          Marc​h 20-22, 2022
          The AAP Advocacy Conference will take place virtually March 20-22, 2022. Join us and learn how to be a strong advocate for children's health! Pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, and pediatric trainees from across the country will attend advocacy skills-building workshops, hear from distinguished guest speakers and learn about policy priorities impacting children. To learn more and register for the conference, visit aap.org/adcon.

          Conference Deadlines
            •  Early Bird Registration Closes – February 20, 2022
            •  Conference Registration Closes – March 6, 2022
            •  Cancellation Fee – There is a $50 cancellation fee for anyone who cancels after March 6, 2022.​​
        • AMCHP 2022 Annual Conference
          May 24-26, 2022
          The 2022 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Conference is rescheduled to May 24-26 in an All-Virtual Format. The theme for the 2022 conference is Reflecting on our Past, Shaping our Future.​ Registration information is avilable on the AMCHP Conference website​.​​​
Policy Update
        • ​​Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
          Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of recent national trends looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment data through July 2021, as the COVID-19 vaccine was widely available to people ages 12 and older and the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths were nearing a low point in 2021. Medicaid/CHIP enrollment data are submitted monthly by state Medicaid agencies, and, with each monthly update, states often revise the previous months' enrollment to include retroactive enrollment and to better align with reporting criteria. Except for the latest month'​s enrollment (July 2021), this brief reports data from the updated enrollment reports for all other months to reflect the most current enrollment data possible.
​​Interested persons and organizations are invited to submit comments on or before 5:00 p.m. ET on February 28, 2022. For additional information, please direct questions to Jacqueline Ward at connectedhealth@ostp.eop.gov or leave by voicemail at 202-456-3030.​​​
COVID-19 Update
​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to provide necessary support to pediatric health care professionals, patients, and families during as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
​COVID-19 resources and updated guidance for health care professionals:
​COVID-19 resources for families on HealthyChildren.org:
American Academy of Pediatrics Tracks Numbers of Children Vaccinated in Weekly Report
The AAP, drawing on data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is tracking the progress in vaccinating U.S. children under age 18. The report will be updated every Friday.
Protecting your Child with the COVID-19 Vaccine
The AAP has created a one-pager to promote safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible children and adolescents. It can also be accessed under “printables" on the COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit.