Advocacy Day 2022

Please join us for KAAP Advocacy Day in Topeka on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Look for schedule details soon, but please plan on being there from about 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Please use the link below to register. https://fs26.formsite.com/eDLX7Z/pmtzgblyak/index.html

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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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UPDATE: PIP Fall 2021 will be online

Fall 2021 Progress in Pediatrics will be held online on Friday, September 24. We are disappointed that we cannot see you in person but due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections in Kansas from the delta variant, KAAP leadership determined that this was the best way to protect the health of children and the pediatric community who cares for them. The date is the same and will still include hot topics such as trauma-informed care, medication management/ exercise therapy, asthma and allergy guidelines, gynecology/contraception, and more. Click here for more information and to register now!

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KAAP applauds Governor Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 55

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) applauds Governor Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 55 that would prohibit transgender youth from participating in sports according to their gender identity.  The pandemic has led to a staggering rise in mental health concerns, suicidality, and untimely death among children and teens. Transgender children had statistically higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation before the pandemic: around half of transgender youth consider suicide, and a third attempt it.  School environments play a significant role in the social and emotional development of children. Every child has a right to feel safe and respected at school, but for youth who identify as transgender, this can be challenging. Nearly every aspect of school life may...

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Earn MOC Part 2, 4, and PI CME While Increasing Adolescent Immunization Rates

The Kansas and Missouri Chapters are teaming up on a national quality improvement (QI) project aimed to increase adolescent immunization rates from June 2021 – June 2022.  Practices will have access to subject matter experts, QI coaching, monthly data reports, data collection tool, and resources. Project incentives will include a practice stipend, MOC Part 2 and 4,and PI CME. Enrollment Survey

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