Pediatricians in Action Grants

The 2020 Pediatricians in Action Kansas Kids Fund grant application is now open. This grant of up to $5,000 is available to KAAP members to address a child health initiative in their practice or community. Deadline to apply is February 28th. Click here for the RFP and application.   Contact Mel Hudelson at mel.hudelson@kansasaap.org or 913-530-6265 for more information.

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Help shape the future of family health in Kansas

Join one of the six community open houses throughout the state in January to learn how the health system is working for women, infants and children and share your own ideas about ways Kansas can better care for families through the MCH program. KDHE is holding the open houses in partnership with KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research (CPPR) as part of the Title V MCH Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment. Facebook event links:Salinahttps://www.facebook.com/events/832448253877843/ Hayshttps://www.facebook.com/events/547950396025739/ Lawrencehttps://www.facebook.com/events/799316773917316/ Chanutehttps://www.facebook.com/events/612930232785793/ Hutchinsonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/593123304774018/ Garden Cityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/462707224247437/

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The CATCH Call for Proposals

The CATCH program is a national initiative of the AAP that supports pediatricians to collaborate within their communities to plan and/or implement projects that advance the health of all children. The CATCH Call for Proposals is open through January 15, 2020 at 3pm CT. Pediatricians and residents with innovative ideas to plan or implement initiatives that address critical child health issues in their local communities may apply for $10,000 and $2,000, respectively.  The resident Call for Proposals guidelines include targeted funding opportunities for oral health, community pediatrics, quality improvement, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, medical home and gun violence prevention initiatives. Questions? Reach out to CATCH staff at catch@aap.org. To learn more about CATCH visit aap.org/CATCH.

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OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series

OCK Payment Structure Wednesday, December 18th, 3-4 pm Rates for the upcoming OneCare Kansas program will be released in early December. In this webinar, KDHE will provide a comprehensive description of the OneCare Kansas rate structure and how it was developed. It is recommended that any providers considering becoming a OCK Partner participate in this webinar prior to signing a contract to provide services. Registration (limited to 95 participants): https://tinyurl.com/uv4scsh More information: https://tinyurl.com/thp3mca

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Help KPF Continue to Grow

The Kansas Pediatric Foundation (KPF) funds programs such as Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® early literacy program and the Kansas Kids Fund which awards grants to KAAP members. Please consider making KPF part of your year-end giving so we can provide more for the kids in Kansas. Learn more here: http://www.kansaspediatricfoundation.org/new_kpf/?page_id=738

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Cottonwood Pediatrics Earns Breastfeeding Designation

Congratulations to Cottonwood Pediatrics in Newton for earning a 4 Star Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation.  While earning the designation the clinic worked to make policies and environmental changes supportive of breastfeeding. Staff was educated on how to best encourage mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals, and what kind of community support is available when experts are needed. Cottonwood Pediatrics joins 17 other practices in Kansas who have earned the Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice designation and are making breastfeeding support a priority in their practices.

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Pediatricians Pleased with New Vaccination Requirements

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) applauds the decision by Kansas Department of Health and Environment to include hepatitis A and MenACWY vaccines in school immunization requirements. This regulation will protect Kansas children and make the school environment safe so they can continue to attend school and learn without missing time for preventable illness. Pediatricians understand the importance of immunization for the health and safety of each individual person and for the public health. Besides clean water there is no other intervention that has had a greater impact on the health and wellbeing of our population than routine immunization. Vaccines save up to three million lives every year across the world.  Read the full news release.

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Community Engagement Sessions

Join one of the many Community Engagement Sessions across Kansas and share your expertise! Information from these sessions will help Kansas create a strategic plan for early childhood. The next session will be in Hays at 10 a.m. on June 4th. Governor Kelly will be in attendance. Click here for the complete schedule.

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