Congratulations New KAAP Officers!

Dr. Kreisler and Dr. Brouillette have both been actively involved in Kansas Chapter initiatives and have served on the KAAP Board of Directors. They will bring a wealth of knowledge and unique perspectives to their positions.Here are your KAAP officers for July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024:President: Gretchen Homan, MD, FAAPPresident-Elect:  Kelly Kreisler, MD, MPH, FAAPTreasurer: Grace Brouillette, MD, FAAPImmediate Past-President:  Kristie Clark, MD, FAAP

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Building Vaccine Confidence in Families

Navigating difficult conversations with families on vaccine hesitancy is possible when you have the right tools. Join Karen Ernst, MA, Executive Director of Voices for Vaccines, for an interactive webinar on how to apply active listening, empathy and affirmation to help families with concerns about vaccines reach acceptance.  Thursday, April 21, 202212 to 1 p.m. CTZoom REGISTER HERE Presented by Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; Immunize Kansas Coalition; Kansas Association of Local Health Departments; Kansas Academy of Family Physicians; and Kansas Hospital Association. Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0...

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COVID Support Through Care Coordination ECHO

Free Registration with CME and CNE available! Presented by Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Family Health Help your patients find the care and assistance they need outside your office! Care coordinators, community health workers and all interested health care professionals are invited to learn about holistic care coordination. Topics covered will be screening and assessment, shared plans of care, team-based communication, empowerment and skills development, and care transitions. Participants in the COVID Support Through Care Coordination ECHO training will have a better understanding of the national care coordination standards. Join us online 12-1 p.m. CT for each of the following sessions. February 8 – Building Relationships with Patients and...

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COVID Vaccine Recommended by Pediatricians for ages 5 and Up

Parents, pediatricians, and schools have been waiting for this announcement. All children and adolescents ages 5 and up in the US may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC Advisory Committee approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 after the vaccine underwent the FDA’s rigorous testing and safety studies. In children ages 5 to 11, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection, and there were no serious side effects. Although in many children COVID-19 infection may have mild symptoms, children can have severe symptoms and even die from COVID-19. School-age children are at risk of acquiring a life-threatening condition called MIS-C. Children can also spread COVID-19 to close contacts such as...

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Kansas primary care physicians denounce COVID-19 misinformation

Family physicians, pediatricians support Federation of State Medical Boards' efforts to protect patients The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians and Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued the following joint statement on COVID-19 misinformation: As highly-trained frontline providers, primary care physicians are among their patients’ most trusted sources for reliable, accurate information about their health. For that reason, we Kansas family physicians and pediatricians have redoubled our dedication to providing the outstanding care and guidance that our communities — made up of our neighbors, friends and family members — deserve during this pandemic. That’s why we support the Federation of State Medical Boards’ recent statement about the dangers of disseminating misinformation about COVID-19 prevention, treatment and vaccines....

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Care Coordination During COVID ECHO

Presented by Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Family Health Help your patients find the care and assistance they need outside your office! Health care professionals will learn about holistic care coordination including screening and assessment, shared plan of care, team-based communication, empowerment and skills development, workforce, and care transitions. Participants in the Care Coordination During COVID ECHO training will have a better understanding of the six domains of the national care coordination standards. Join us online 12-1 p.m. CT for each of the following sessions. October 26 – Building Relationships with Patients and Communities Recording: https://vimeo.com/641282632 Slides Session Notes The remaining sessions of this ECHO series have been postponed....

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KAAP Statement to Kansas School Districts Regarding Safe Return to School

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) urges all school districts in Kansas to implement a universal mask mandate for all students, staff, and visitors before the 2021-2022 school year begins.  It is critical to use science and data to guide decisions about safely returning children to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows that if we follow good public health precautions there is very low spread of COVID-19 in schools. The CDC, AAP, and the Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids agree on the following ways to safely keep children in school:  Vaccinations – students and staff should be strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to them. COVID-19 vaccinations have been shown to...

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