Resources On How to Talk With Kids About The Shooting in Kansas City

On February 14, 2024, 22 people were wounded by gunfire after the Chiefs' Super Bowl parade. At this time, one person has passed away. Among the wounded, nine of the victims were children. The senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital said all nine children were expected to make a recovery. The recent events in Kansas City have the potential to cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health and developmental trajectory of children. It is important that pediatricians, and all adults in a position to support children, are prepared to help children understand what has happened and to promote effective coping strategies. Please read below for a joint statement...

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Call For Abstracts

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) Annual Progress in Pediatrics Planning Committee invites pediatricians, fellows, residents, medical students, pediatric nurse practitioners and other pediatric healthcare providers to share their expertise in delivering pediatric care in primary care and other health care settings via a poster session during the Spring 2024 KAAP Progress in Pediatrics Meeting. Abstracts should focus on topics of relevance and interest for clinical pediatric practice.  There is no fee for abstract submissions. However, if accepted you are required to attend the conference on Friday, April 26, 2024. All applicants must either be submitted or endorsed by a pediatrician or a pediatric nurse practitioner. Abstracts will be accepted for display in the poster session to be...

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Progress in Pediatrics Spring 2024

Save the date! The 2024 Spring Progress in Pediatrics meeting is coming soon and registration is now open! The 2024 Spring Progress in Pediatrics meeting will be held on Friday, April 26 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland, KS. The meeting will be a day of learning and networking with other pediatricians and healthcare experts from across the state. The keynote speakers will provide expert insights on pressing issues such as Mental Health for Adolescents, Gun Violence Prevention, Asthma, and Practical Nutrition Recommendations for Low-Income Families. The conference hotel is conveniently attached to the conference center in Overland Park, KS and we have secured a group rate. Plus, join us in kicking off the conference with a KAAP Member Happy...

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Advocacy Day 2024

Join us for Advocacy Day 2024 on Wednesday, February 7th, at the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka. This year's list of invited speakers includes Janet Stanek, Secretary of KDHE; Christine Osterlund, Deputy Secretary of Agency Integration and Medicaid Director of KDHE; David Jordan, President and CEO of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, and more! Discussions will include Medicaid Unwinding, RFP Process, Rate Increases, and other Timely Medicaid Topics. As well: BOHA Overview, Governor's Task Force, Child Tax Credits, Immunizations, Get out the Vote & Vot-ER, and Physician Responsibility to Serve and Advocate. More details to come! Advocacy Day 2024 will be held at the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka on February 7, 2024. KANSAS HEALTH INSTITUTE212 SW Eighth Ave.,...

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Giving Tuesday: Donate to KPF

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For this year's #GivingTuesday, we ask that you make a charitable donation to the Kansas Pediatric Foundation during our annual appeal. Donate Today! KPF Annual Appeal The Kansas Pediatric Foundation’s annual appeal enables our flagship programs, Turn a Page. Touch a Mind®, and the Pediatrician in Action Fund to impact and improve child health in Kansas. TAP-TAM brought literacy education to 7 new sites and collectively all sites will hand out 180,000 books to Kansas children in 2023. Nearly $10,000 in funding from 2022...

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August 31, 2023 Networking Event

The Kansas and Missouri Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) invite you to a reception for members, residents, and medical students to meet AAP President, Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, learn about his vision, share your input, and network with fellow members. Benjamin D. Hoffman, M.D., FAAP, of Portland, Ore., has been voted AAP president-elect. Dr. Hoffman will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2024, following Sandy L. Chung, M.D., FAAP, of Fairfax, Va., who will serve as president in 2023. Dr. Hoffman is a leading national expert and advocate in child safety. He is a professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, medical director for OHSU’s Tom Sargent Safety Center, and director of the...

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KAAP Welcomes New Executive Director

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) is thrilled to announce the selection of Denise Cyzman as its incoming Executive Director. With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the non-profit, healthcare, and public health sectors, Denise has demonstrated a strong commitment to driving policy, effecting systemic change, and promoting health equity. Her extensive experience in leadership roles makes her an ideal fit for this position. Prior to joining KAAP, Denise served as CEO of the Community Care Network of Kansas from 2014 to 2022. Under her leadership, Community Care achieved successful advocacy initiatives, provided impactful training events, and established valuable partnerships. The collaboration between Community Care and KAAP on shared goals and advocacy priorities further underscores Denise's...

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