Congratulations to Our New President Dr. Michael Gittelman and All Newly Elected and Promoted Officers!

Congratulations to the newly elected Ohio AAP Board of Directors, the new election term began on July 1, 2018. We would like you to get to know the Chapter leaders that you voted into office by reading on their practice, professional goals and personal lives.

Please join us in sending our deepest thanks to those Board members who are moving on from serving Ohio AAP; Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP; Kelsey Logan, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP. We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort they have sacrificed for the benefit of our organization. These leaders have helped us grow and thrive over the years and we know they will still be an important part of the chapter as we advance our mission.

Mike Gittelman, MD, FAAP
President

Dr. Gittelman is a pediatric emergency room physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, and he is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College and his medical school training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, and a fellowship in emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.  His area of expertise is within the field of injury control. Prior to their formation of a council, he served as the chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Injury and Poison Prevention. He is the former president-elect of the AAP’s Ohio Chapter, and he is a co-director of the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s. He is involved in resident education on injury prevention and he works with high-risk communities in an effort to reduce pediatric injuries. One of his research interests has been to study the impact of an ER encounter and education by a pediatrician about injury risks on promoting a behavior change to prevent injuries. More recently he has worked with the Ohio Chapter to develop a state-wide bicycle helmet intervention and to develop an injury QI program for practicing pediatricians. He is nationally recognized for his injury prevention efforts and research and much of his work has been published in peer reviewed journals.

Jill A. Fitch, MD, FAAP
President-Elect

Dr. Fitch is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Associate Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program and Director of the Pediatric Analgesia and Sedation Service (PASS) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Fitch completed medical school at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio, followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine and a residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics, both at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, former Delegate-at-Large for the Executive Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and former President of the Central Ohio Pediatric Society.

Chris Peltier, MD, FAAP
Treasurer

Dr. Peltier is a general pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio where he has been in practice for the past 19 years. His education included receiving his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completing his Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Community Section in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His clinical interests include focusing on mental health issues, particularly the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety in children. His academic interests revolve around the community-based training of medical students and residents, as well as faculty development focusing on helping preceptors become more effective educators. His advocacy interests at the local, state and national level have focused on food insecurity, strengthening immunization laws, access to care and firearm safety. He currently serves on the Cincinnati Pediatric Society Board of Directors, formerly served on the Ohio AAP Board of Directors as the co-chair of the Practice of Pediatrics Pillar and was recently elected to the National AAP Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee. He have been married for 23 years and have 2 children, ages 12 and 17. In his free time, he enjoys relaxing with his family, going to amusement parks, watching Broadway musicals, and supporting University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and basketball.

Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP
Delegate-at-Large

Dr. Baum is Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. She has led several clinical, educational, research, and quality improvement efforts related to improving care for children with emotional, behavioral, and developmental concerns. These efforts include projects at the state and national levels, such as Ohio’s Building Mental Wellness Learning Collaborative and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Practice Improvement in Addressing Adolescent Substance Use project. Dr. Baum received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency and served as chief resident at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Baum completed a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after practicing as a primary care physician in central Pennsylvania. She is a member of the AAP’s Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and the executive committee of the Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Prior to her role as Division Chief, Dr. Baum served as an associate medical director for Partners for Kids, an accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Denise Warrick, MD, FAAP
Delegate-at-Large

Dr. Warrick’s pediatrics practice at TriHealth is centered around relationships with patients and families. In building these relationships over time, she hopes to gain an understanding of the unique needs and goals of each patient. She is rewarded in her ability to help guide families through stressful, worrisome times with her expert, compassionate care. Dr. Warrick sees patients from birth through college age for a wide variety of acute illnesses and for management of chronic conditions. She emphasizes preventive care measures in her practice, including regular well-child visits and immunizations. Partnering with patient and family on shared decision making, she works closely with families to educate them on medical conditions or treatment plans that may affect their child. As a mother of two young children, Dr. Warrick understands the practical realities of parenthood and encourages families to openly discuss their questions and concerns with her. She advises balancing health diets and activity for all of her patients and, in particular, advocates the importance of learning through play as a child grows and develops.

Sarah Adams, MD, FAAP
Nominating Committee

Dr. Adams is a Pediatrician with Akron Children’s Hospital in Hudson, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Akron, Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Adams has been a Pediatrician for 22 years in the Northeastern Ohio area and was the Pediatric Chairman at Robinson Memorial Hospital for 15 years. Committee involvement at Akron Children’s Hospital and Robinson Memorial hospital include the Executive Committee, Performance Improvement Committee and Medical Education Committee. She enjoys incorporating her real life experiences as a Mother into her Pediatric Practice, teaching medical students and residents, and public speaking. Community Outreach promoting healthy lifestyles mentally and physically in Children and Adolescence has led her to volunteer and speak for surrounding communities as well as blog for Inside Childrens, iGrow and Today. Dr. Sarah Adams resides in Hudson Ohio with her husband John and two boys Gabriel and Benjamin.

Returning members of the board include:

  • Kate Krueck, MD, FAAP
    Delegate-at-large
  • Robert Murray, MD, FAAP
    Immediate Past President
  • William Cotton, MD, FAAP
    Advocacy Chair Liason
  • Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP
    Hospital Employed Physician Liaison

Support Bike Helmet Safety by Signing Up for Glow Ball!

Join the Ohio AAP for our 5th Annual Glow Ball Golf Outing, a new take on the traditional golf outing! This annual event sold out in 2017, and has been described as “the most fun ever had playing golf” by a past attendee. Trade your traditional golf balls and hot afternoon tee time for glow in the dark fun, where anyone with any level of skill can be the big winner. Starting at dusk on Friday, August 10, 2018 with food and drinks, the 9-hole game – and the fun – will continue into dark!

All proceeds raised will benefit the Ohio AAP Foundation Put-A-Lid-On-It Bike Helmet Safety Program. Since it was introduced in 2011, the Ohio APP’s Put-A-Lid-On-It! Bike Helmet Program has grown to be one of the Chapter’s farthest reaching community programs.

In eight years, this program has:

  • Provided 48,000 bike helmets to Ohio children in need
  • Expanded to more than 500 partners, representing law enforcement, legislators, schools, public health departments, and community groups
  • Earned over 150 million media impressions in Ohio and nationally

Blackhawk Golf Club
8830 Dustin Road
Galena, OH 430213
$75 per person/$275 per foursome

Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 pm – Registration and Appetizers
  • 8:45 – Tee Time

Click here for the flyer or Click here to register now! 

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Visit http://ohioaap.org/GlowBall

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Dawson at edawson@ohioaap.org or (614) 846-6258.

A Special Message From Dr. Paul Offit for Ohio AAP Members

On September 21-22, 2018, over two hundred pediatric superheroes will descend upon the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin to strengthen their knowledge on important topics and earn up to forty points of MOC Part II credit.

This year, Annual Meeting will kick off with luncheon fundraiser for the Ohio AAP Foundation Pillar, featuring a Keynote presented by Tara Haelle.  As an international expert story teller, author of Vaccination Investigation and TED talk influencer, Tara will provide a history of caregiver immunization fears, and give providers and advocates strategies that are rooted in both science and empathy to improve immunization health. Much of her work on vaccine refusal and controversies takes a deep dive into published articles about various vaccines, and fights back with science to help save children’s lives. Tara will share real stories and give compelling talking points that you can you use with families to promote vaccine health. Notably, she challenged the vocal anti-immunization activist Dr. Bob Sears and debunked the film Vaxxed, which used production tricks instead of facts to induce fear.

Immunization expert and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Paul Offit recorded a special message for Ohio AAP members about our Annual Meeting.


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Dr. Offit has worked with Tara and was quick to endorse her, sharing, “Tara Haelle is one of those rare journalists who chooses perspective over false balance. For this reason, she gives her readers a fighting chance to make the best decisions for their health and the health of their children.” Our 2018 Annual Meeting will bring you face-to-face with Tara Haelle and many more expert speakers and passionate colleagues. You will leave the meeting with NEW super powers to care for Ohio’s children!

7 Additional Reasons to Attend Annual Meeting:

  • Keynote luncheon featuring Ted Talk influencer, Tara Haelle presenting new methods of reaching vaccine hesitant parents
  • Ohio Advocacy Treasure Hunt-5 hours of training in 60 minutes
  • Teen Talk-hear from a panel of adolescents about their health care needs
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Statewide social determinants of health resources for practices
  • Up to 40 points of MOC Part II
  • TWO MOC Part IV kick-off sessions, and MUCH more

How Do I Register?

2018 Annual Meeting Brochure

Registration Form-Early bird discount valid until July 1, 2018

  *** NEW Special Event on September 21st!**

Get Your Game On-Ohio AAP Foundation Game Night (formerly Casino Night)

For more information visithttp://ohioaap.org/AnnualMeeting

Smoke Free For Me – Wave 2: Screen and Intervene to Build Smoke Free Homes for Ohio Families

In an effort to improve infant mortality rates and long-term health outcomes for Ohio’s children, The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) will launch Wave 2 of the Smoke Free For Me Pediatric Learning Collaborative on September 22, 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that secondhand smoke increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in otherwise healthy infants. Not only does smoking during pregnancy increase this risk, but infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are also at a greater risk for SIDS. Unfortunately, many caregivers begin to smoke again after giving birth due to the stresses of parenthood. Thus, the pediatric office visit is a great time to educate families about this risk and encourage them to quit smoking.

The Ohio AAP has developed a learning collaborative to assist you in decreasing in-home smoke exposure for infants from birth to 12 months.  You will be provided with easy to use tools that can be implemented seamlessly into any size pediatric practice.

These tools include:

  • scantron data collection tool that requires no data entry
  • talking points
  • handouts and resources for all of your families

Additionally, participating providers will receive:

  • training in implementing the 5As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist, Arrange) of smoking cessation in a pediatric setting
  • training in supporting and tracking behavior change
  • a free or reduced rate to attend Ohio AAPs annual meeting
  • networking oppoturnites with other healthcare providers interested in smoking cessation
  • quality improvement coaching

Wave 1 Provider:

“Best part of this project to date: 

We had a patient who was positive for “Others smoking in the home” at baby’s one week check, when we were in the first week of the surveys.

They came in for the baby’s one month check, practically snatched the survey out of our hands because they were so excited to fill it in. Dad had gone to his physician and started on Chantix to help with stop smoking right after the first visit, when we had talked about the dangers of secondhand smoke. They were very proud of the fact that they were now a ‘Smoke Free’  family!!”

Overall, this program is free of charge, easy to conduct in any busy office setting, and every participant will receive 25 points of MOC 4 credit.

Click on the link to register: http://ohioaap.org/smoke-free-families-wave-2-enrollment-2/

or contact Kristen Fluitt at kfluitt@ohioaap.org  or 614-846-6258 if you have questions or want more information about the program.33

Submit Your Ideas to Ohio AAP Shark Tank Today for Complimentary Annual Meeting Registration and Opportunities for Funding!

The fourth annual Shark Tank is accepting applications until July 31, 2018! Shark Tank is an opportunity for practicing physicians, residents, and medical students to share ideas for improving child health and/or enhancing pediatric practice with a panel of judges and the Annual Meeting audience.  Previous ideas and winners have focused on improving clinical tools, educational approaches, and pediatric procedures. Your idea could be next!

Shark Tank will occur on Friday, September 21, 2018. Three prizes will be awarded! Two prizes will be awarded for first and second place in oral presentations to support implementation of the idea.  First place will be awarded $1000. Second place will win $750. The Best Poster will win $500. Submit your idea on our website: http://ohioaap.org/AnnualMeeting/Residents by July 31, 2018. All individuals who submit or present an idea will receive FREE Annual Meeting Registration.

If you have any questions about Shark Tank, please contact Renee Dickman with any questions at rdickman@ohioaap.org.

2018 Elections

Elections close on June 20, 2018. Review the candidate biographies and Q & A below. After review, click here to vote.


Jill Fitch, MD, FAAP

Candidate: President-Elect

Term: Two years beginning July 1, 2018

Dr. Fitch Bio and Q & A

President Elect: The President-Elect serves on the Board of Directors and will become President for two years following their term as President-Elect.


Chris Peltier, MD, FAAP

Candidate: Treasurer 

Term: Two years beginning July 1, 2018

Dr. Peltier Bio and Q & A

Treasurer: The Treasurer serves as the leader of fiscal oversight of the Chapter and is a member of the Board of Directors.


Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP

Candidate: Delegate-at-Large

Term: Two years beginning July 1, 2018

Dr. Baum Bio and Q & A

Delegate at Large: The Delegate at Large is an elected position and a voting member of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serve two year terms serving as the membership at large representation.


Denise Warrick, MD, FAAP

Candidate: Delegate-at-Large

Term: Two years beginning July 1, 2018

Dr. Warrick Bio and Q & A

Delegate at Large: The Delegate at Large is an elected position and a voting member of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serve two year terms serving as the membership at large representation.


Sarah Adams, MD, FAAP

Candidate: Nominating Committee

Term: Three years beginning July 1, 2018

Dr. Adams Bio and Q & A

Nominations Committee: Members of the nominating committee are responsible for preparing a slate of one or more candidates for all elected offices that are vacant. Members serve for three-year terms.

Smoke Free For Me – Wave 2: Screen and Intervene to Build Smoke Free Homes for Ohio Families

In an effort to improve infant mortality rates and long-term health outcomes for Ohio’s children, The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) will launch Wave 2 of the Smoke Free For Me Pediatric Learning Collaborative on September 22, 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that secondhand smoke increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in otherwise healthy infants. Not only does smoking during pregnancy increase this risk, but infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are also at a greater risk for SIDS. Unfortunately, many caregivers begin to smoke again after giving birth due to the stresses of parenthood. Thus, the pediatric office visit is a great time to educate families about this risk and encourage them to quit smoking.

The Ohio AAP has developed a learning collaborative to assist you in decreasing in-home smoke exposure for infants from birth to 12 months.  You will be provided with easy to use tools that can be implemented seamlessly into any size pediatric practice.

These tools include:

  • scantron data collection tool that requires no data entry
  • talking points
  • handouts and resources for all of your families

Additionally, participating providers will receive:

  • training in implementing the 5As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist, Arrange) of smoking cessation in a pediatric setting
  • training in supporting and tracking behavior change
  • a free or reduced rate to attend Ohio AAPs annual meeting
  • networking oppoturnites with other healthcare providers interested in smoking cessation
  • quality improvement coaching

Wave 1 Provider:

“Best part of this project to date: 

We had a patient who was positive for “Others smoking in the home” at baby’s one week check, when we were in the first week of the surveys.

They came in for the baby’s one month check, practically snatched the survey out of our hands because they were so excited to fill it in. Dad had gone to his physician and started on Chantix to help with stop smoking right after the first visit, when we had talked about the dangers of secondhand smoke. They were very proud of the fact that they were now a ‘Smoke Free’  family!!”

Overall, this program is free of charge, easy to conduct in any busy office setting, and every participant will receive 25 points of MOC 4 credit.

Click on the link to register: http://ohioaap.org/smoke-free-families-wave-2-enrollment-2/

or contact Kristen Fluitt at kfluitt@ohioaap.org  or 614-846-6258 if you have questions or want more information about the program.

Shark Tank-Win $1000 at the Ohio AAP Annual Meeting

Do you have an idea that will improve Pediatric Practice and/or Child Health? Present your idea at the 2018 Ohio AAP Annual Meeting’s Shark Tank, and you could win up to $1000 to put your idea into action!

At the Ohio AAP’s 4th Annual Shark Tank, ideas from around the state will be presented through posters and “live” presentations on Friday, September 21, 2018.

PRESENT YOUR IDEA!

  • All submissions are due by June 30, 2018 through our website.
  • Submissions should be an original idea in beginning stages of implementation. As long as the idea aims to improve Pediatric Practice or Child Health…it fits! Send it forward!
  • A panel of “sharks” will judge all entries and select submissions for the “live” presentation.
  • The first place winner will receive $1000 to implement his/her idea. The second place winner will receive $750. The best poster will receive $500.

If selected for the “live” presentation, you will present to the “Sharks” and the Ohio AAP Annual Meeting audience at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2018. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to present their posters during select times on Friday.

All are encouraged to send an idea forward!

For more information contact Renee Dickman at rdickman@ohioaap.org or 614-846-6258.

 

Advocacy Alert: We Need Your Help with HB 559

We are working with our partners to see movement on HB 559, the Immunization Process Improvement Bill, and we need your help. I know some of you have already reached out to your own and neighboring district’s representatives but for those who haven’t the time is now. Even if you have contacted your representative, calling again to solidify your opinion may help sway your representative in their vote.

Among other things, this bill addresses five main points which you can read about in depth here and can be summarized as the following:

  • Requires the Ohio Department of Health to develop an immunization form to be used by health care providers when documenting a child’s immunization history
  • Requires the form to be provided to a school when a child begins kindergarten, seventh grade, or twelfth grade and to a child care provider after the child’s enrollment
  • Maintains the right of a child’s parent to decline an immunization for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, but requires the parent to use the standard form and before opting out of vaccines, they would be required to have a conversation with a healthcare provider before they can opt out of vaccines.  The form would allow for a provider to attest that an informed conversation took place but would not endorse any decision
  • Requires each immunization summary reported to the Department by a school district or preschool program to include, by disease, the percentage of students immunized against the disease and the percentage that are not
  • Requires the Department to publish on its website, by school and school district, the summary information reported by each district or program

Here is some sample language you can use in addition to alert if you would like:

In 2005, Ohio ranked 3rd in the nation in immunization rates before having opt outs for philosophical purposes, and in just 13 years, we now rank 39th . We have seen outbreaks of measles that were 3 times the size of the Disneyland outbreak, we had the largest mumps outbreak in the country and we repeatedly see new outbreaks of pertussis.

We can no longer afford to put in jeopardy the health of Ohio’s at risk children by allowing our immunization rates to get worse, and this bill allows us to work toward improving our rates and protecting Ohio’s children, while at the same time preserves the rights of parents to make their decisions for their child

Please check out the map below and use it to figure out which Health Committee member lives closest to you. The dark red districts are those that we believe to be key votes that are needed. Please call, email, send a letter or even stop by their office to advocate for the passage of this bill that will help save lives by giving Ohio more data on vaccinations as well as giving those parents considering opting out of immunizing their children more information on why that may not be the best choice.

If you have any questions on the bill please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, once you make any calls we would love to have feedback! Feel free to contact me and let us know at raills@ohioaap.org.

Name Dis Email Phone
Mark Romanchuk 2 rep02@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-5802
Theresa Gavarone 3 rep03@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-8104
Tim Ginter 5 rep05@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-8022
John Barnes 12 rep12@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-1408
Nickie Antonio 13 rep13@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-5921
Mike Duffey 21 rep21@ohiohouse.gov (614) 644-6030
Bernadine Kent 25 rep25@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-5343
Emilia Sykes 34 rep34@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-3100
Jim Butler 41 rep41@ohiohouse.gov (614) 644-6008
Niraj Antani 42 rep42@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-6504
Derek Merrin 47 rep47@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-1731
Thomas West 49 rep49@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-8030
Candice Keller 53 rep53@ohiohouse.gov (614) 644-5094
Michele Lepore-Hagan 58 rep58@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-9435
Darrell Kick 70 rep70@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-2994
Sarah LaTourette 76 rep76@ohiohouse.gov (614) 644-5088
Stephen Huffman 80 rep80@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-8114
Terry Johnson 90 rep90@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-2124
Jay Edwards 94 rep94@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-2158

Unleash YOUR Superpowers to Advocate for Ohio’s Children!

Who Should Attend?

Pediatricians, Hospitalists, Family Physicians, Nurses, Medical Assistants, Residents, Medical Students, School Administration, Community Partners and all of those who impact children.

Why Should You Attend This Year?

  • Keynote luncheon featuring Ted Talk influencer, Tara Haelle presenting new methods of reaching vaccine hesitant parents
  • Ohio Advocacy Treasure Hunt-5 hours of training in 60 minutes
  • Teen Talk-hear from a panel of adolescents about their health care needs
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Statewide social determinants of health resources for practices
  • Up to 40 points of MOC Part II
  • TWO MOC Part IV kick-off sessions, and MUCH more

 Our 2018 Annual Meeting will bring you face-to-face with expert speakers and passionate colleagues. You will leave the meeting with NEW super powers to care for Ohio’s children!

How Do I Register?

2018 Annual Meeting Brochure

Registration Form-Early bird discount valid until July 1, 2018

  *** NEW Special Event on September 21st!**

Get Your Game On-Ohio AAP Foundation Game Night (formerly Casino Night)

For more information visithttp://ohioaap.org/AnnualMeeting

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