Ohio AAP Voices Disappointment in New Concussion Legislation

On Wednesday, June 4, a House/Senate conference committee on House Bill 487 met and adopted new language that creates a committee within the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to develop and publish guidelines for (a) the diagnosis, treatment and clearance of concussions and head injuries sustained by athletes in interscholastic and youth sports activities and (b) the minimum education requirements necessary to qualify a physician or other licensed health care professionals to assess and clear those athletes for return to practice or competition.

This amendment passed without full support from either the House or the Senate and had a lot of dissent among legislators. While this legislation does not give chiropractors and other healthcare professionals the authority to independently return youth athletes to play, the Ohio AAP is incredibly disappointed that this legislation was added into a budget document and was not fully discussed.

The ODH committee will consist of 7 members, including: two physicians, two chiropractors, a representative from the State Medical Board, a representative from the State Chiropractic Board, and the Director of the Department of Health.  The committee will be required to solicit input into these recommendations from a number of other health care professionals, including physicians from multiple specialties.

The Ohio AAP has every intention of participating in the new ODH committee process that will create new concussion management recommendations and education requirements. We will be continuing to work to make sure the committee has qualified physicians to represent the viewpoint of our membership.

If the committee is formed fairly, Ohio AAP feels our voice can still be heard with educated representatives on the committee. Once the committee is formed, we’ll be reaching out to our membership to put pressure on the committee to do the right thing for Ohio’s athletes.

If you have questions, contact Ohio AAP Executive Director Melissa Wervey Arnold via email or at 614-846-6258.

You can read more on Ohio’s Return-to-Play law, which was enacted in April 2013, by clicking here.

You can view many more resources on concussions from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, along with our national organization by clicking here.

TIES Regional Seminars

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Regional Seminars

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and Ohio Department of Health present four regional seminars to educate physicians, nurses and other vaccinators in Ohio on adolescent vaccines.

The seminars will feature nationwide experts on adolescent health and immunizations – including Michael T. Brady, MD, Robert W. Frenck, Jr., MD, and Paula K. Braverman, MD and social media expert Angela KrileLarry Pickering, MD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be our featured guest speaker at the Columbus TIES Seminar! The talks will feature many subjects Ohio health care workers deal with in their workplace every day, including:

  • parental refusal
  • sexual misconceptions
  • HPV-caused cancers
  • reminder/recall strategies
  • connecting with your adolescent patients on social media

Each person who registers for a TIES Regional Seminar is registered to win an iPad Mini! There will be a drawing at EACH seminar!


  • Featured Speakers: Larry Pickering, MD, Robert W. Frenck, Jr., MD, Paula K. Braverman, MD, and Michael Brady, MD
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • 8:30am-1:30pm (registration begins at 8am)
  • Location: Holiday Inn Worthington (map)
  • Lunch provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • registration closed
  • CME: This Live activity, Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES) Regional Training Columbus, with a beginning date of 09/23/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Nurses will be provided the same certificate of participation as physicians. Keep your certificate on file, as the Ohio Nurses Association will accept CME toward CNE credit.

Bill Introduced to Mandate Child Care Immunizations

(May 14, 2014) — Two Ohio legislators introduced a bill that would require immunizations for children entering licensed child care or preschool facilities.

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Representatives Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood, and Ryan Smith, a Bidwell Republican, introduced House Bill 536 during a press conference at the Ohio State House. They were joined by Ohio AAP Executive Director Melissa Wervey Arnold and Ohio AAP board member Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP.

The bill would require that children enrolled in licensed child care facilities be immunized in accordance with a schedule that is based on the schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC. The bill includes exemptions for medical and parental reasons.

Ohio is the only state that does not require the immunizations for children entering child care or preschool.

Click here to view the ACIP Birth-18 years-old immunization schedule.

Click here to read House Bill 536.