KAAP’s Back To School Statement

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) recognizes that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. While academics are important, children also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that are difficult to replicate online.  While returning to school is important for the well-being of children, it is important to pursue re-opening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers, and staff. Decisions about when to return to classrooms and how that is accomplished should be driven by science, so it is done as safely as possible. Guidance should come from public health agencies based on evidence, not politics.  Public health experts should tell...

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AdventHealth Ottawa Pediatrics Earns Breastfeeding Designation

Congratulations to AdventHealth Ottawa Pediatrics 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. AdventHealth Ottawa Pediatrics joins 18 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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Free CME Webinar Recording Available

Engaging Adolescents in Healthcare Decisions Speakers:Tasneem Alaqzam, MD and Denise Bloch, Counsel Objectives:At the conclusion of this activity the participant will be able to…. Identify ways they can make their practice more adolescent friendly.Review the healthcare-related rationale for providing confidential care to adolescents, as well as the legal framework for the provision of such care.Understand legal aspects of adolescent healthcare including guidelines for confidentiality. Please complete the evaluation at the end of the presentation to receive CME credit.   This recording will be available until September 9, 2020          https://vimeo.com/427534583 CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Kansas Medical Society through the joint providership of Kansas Chapter, American Academy...

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KAAP Statement About Racism and Children’s Health

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatric (KAAP) understands that racism is a public health crisis. All children and adolescents should feel safe and have access to quality care that is essential to their health. Children and adolescents of color, we see you, we care about you, and our hearts are with you. As AAP stated last year in the policy statement "Racism and Its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health," racism's societal impact, particularly on communities of color and populations that are historically disenfranchised, is wide-reaching, systemic, and complex. A growing body of scientific research has found that racism harms children's mental and physical health in myriad ways. We are watching this play out now, in real time, and...

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KAAP Toolkit for Pediatricians

KAAP members: please use the social media messages and graphics to amplify the message to families and communities that pediatricians are available and OPEN FOR CHILDREN. Did we miss anything? If you would like to see a specific message, please contact Amy at amy.trollinger@kansasaap.org. Pediatricians are Open to Care for Children  KAAP Press ReleaseSocial Media Messages (pdf)Teaching "Six Feet" to KidsPhysical Distancing (animals)Physical Distancing (objects)Sports PhysicalsYou've been doing enough - Call Your PediatricianWell-Checks and ImmunizationsCall your PediatricianKeep Vaccines Up to DateShould My Child Wear a Mask?Help Your Child Wear a MaskBe a Mask HeroImmunizations and Well Check Visits for Babies Encourage Families to Stay Home Children and Masks Children and Masks Handout (pdf) AAP #CallYourPediatrician Campaign Alternative Graphics For Other...

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New Preparticipation Physical Exam Form

From KSHSAA: As you know, KSHSAA rules require every student participant in our interscholastic activity program to have a Preparticipation Physical Exam completed prior to practice or competition. For the upcoming school year, the form has been revised and we are hopeful that you, in your role as Executive Director of the  Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, would help in notifying your members of this updated form.  While we will still accept the previous version, we believe the new form provides additional perspective for student healthcare needs.   The new PPE form is available on our web site at http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/PDF/FORM-PPE.pdf and the Spanish version is available via http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/PDF/FORM-PPE(Spanish).pdf. The form now includes a cover page with specific responsibilities for students/parents, healthcare providers,...

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Study details COVID-19 characteristics, co-infections in children

From AAP News: Children with COVID-19 have different symptom presentations, laboratory findings and severity than adults, and co-infections are common, according to a new study. From Jan. 20 through Feb. 27, 2020, researchers looked at data on 74 pediatric patients with COVID-19 in China and found nearly all had been in contact with adults in their household who were infected with the virus before them. Read the full article.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

The following is a list of resources regarding COVID-19. KAAP's What do I do if I suspect a patient is infected with SARS CoV-2? KAAP's COVID-19 Pediatric Clinic Key Strategies (pdf) KAAP's Improving Financial Health During COVID-19 (pdf) Social Media Toolkit General Information AAP NewsCOVID-19 outbreakAAP Red Book Online2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) InfectionsKDHECOVID-19 UpdatesCDCCoronavirus (COVID-19)John HopkinsMap TrackingKansas Breastfeeding CoalitionCOVID-19 and BreastfeedingNIHCoronavirus (COVID-19)National Library of MedicineCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)WHOCoronavirus Pediatricians and Healthcare Professionals AAPClinical Guidance Q & AAAPCOVID-19 Planning Considerations: Return to In-person Education in SchoolsAAPCOVID-19 Webinars for PediatriciansAAPDiscussion Board (Log in using your member ID and password)AAPGuidance on Providing Pediatric Ambulatory Services via Telehealth During COVID-19AAPResilience in Stressful Times and Connecting During Times of Trauma (webinar)AAPResources for CliniciansAAPMember inquiries: COVID-19@aap.org.AMACaring for...

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KAAP Members Launch 3D NP Swab Print Project to Supply KDHE Lab

As of April 18th, John Fales, DMD and Kory Kirkegaard, DMD began printing thousands of NP swabs which will be couriered to the lab at the KDHE. The NP swabs are printed on FORMLABS printers, which are specialized medical device printers, using a specialized surgical guide resin and the USF FDA EUA files tested at Northwell. Dr. Fales, a Pediatric Dentist in Olathe, is a member of the KAAP and serves on the AAP’s Section on Oral Health as the liaison from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kirkegaard practices at The Art of Dentistry in Overland Park. On April 3rd, the KDHE acquired the CEFEID platform to increase testing capacity to 1000 tests a day, but the rate...

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