Ohio’s Adult Obesity Rate Reaches Record High

Approximately 1/3 of Ohio’s adults are overweight or obese, according to the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A similar prevalence is found in children ages 10-17 in Ohio. Ohio AAP has two current oppurtunities to address this epidemic with prevention and intervention.

November 15, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM-Inclusive Health Webinar

Learn about inclusive health, caring for children with intellectual disabilities and resources for addressing nutrition and physical activity in children age 7–18 in our virtual training.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  1. Inclusive health and why this approach is important in delivering health services.
  2. Counseling children with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers.
  3. Resources available for all children in discussing nutrition and physical activity with patients.

Register for this webinar here.

Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime QI Program

You can help reduce adolescent and adult obesity by intervening in the earliest years of life. You will learn how you can interact with parents to discuss healthy weight, nutrition and play for children ages birth through five. In Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime, you will enhance your ability to provide anticipatory guidance, risk assessments and counsel families on nutrition and play habits.

In addition to the 25 MOC IV points you will earn, you will also receive $500 in PMP resources like the Placemats and MyPlates for your patients. If you are ready to register, please sign up here.

If you have any questions about either opportunity, please Contact Renee Dickman.

Superheroes Assemble: Annual Meeting Round Up

Another successful Annual Meeting is in the books! The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) hosted 304 attendees and 45 vendors at the Crowne Plaza Dublin for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The two-day conference was packed with multiple MOC Part II options; special tracks on advocacy, primary care and hospitalist medicine, an adolescent panel focused on youth-friendly services; Shark Tank, a Keynote on conversations with vaccine hesitant parents and much more.

2018 Awards Reception

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight honorees were presented awards during our annual reception for their hard work to improve the health and lives of children in Ohio and across the country. The award winners are:

  • Lisbeth Lazaron, MD, FAAFP – Special Achievement Award
  • Robert Murray, MD, FAAP – Chapter President 2016-2018
  • Olivia Thomas, MD, FAAP – 2018 Arnold Friedman Community Pediatrician Award
  • Sherman Alter, MD, FAAP – 2018 Dr. William CottonPediatrician Advocate Award
  • Michele Dritz, MD, FAAP – 2018 Dr. Leonard P. Rome Award
  • Ohio Representative Anne Gonzales – 2018 Dr. Antoinette Eaton Advocacy Award
  • Ohio Representative Al Landis – 2018 Dr. Antoinette Eaton Advocacy Award
  • Michael Brady, MD, FAAP – 2018 Dr. Elizabeth Spencer Ruppert “Outstanding Pediatrician” Award

Shark Tank

Five groups of young physicians and residents presented program ideas to a panel of “sharks.” The winners are:

  • First Place: Drs. Sara Hollis and Brian Bouchard – “Extending Smoke Exposure Screening and Counseling into the Fourth Trimester”
  • Second Place: Dustin Mayne, DO – “Triple P parenting Pilot Program for Resident Education”
  • Best Poster: Julia Tanguay, MD – “Developing a Tool for Improving Patient and Family Understanding of Provider Roles”

Please visit our Facebook page to see photos from the weekend. Much more information on Annual Meeting will be provided in the Fall edition of Ohio Pediatrics, due out in December.

Mark your calendars for next year’s meeting, September 27-28, 2019 at the Polaris Hilton in Columbus.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like more information on being an Annual Meeting sponsor please email Elizabeth Dawson or call at 614-846-6258.

Eliminating Disparities in Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality

Registration open for Ohio Infant Mortality Summit hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center! Early Bird Deadline October 11th!

Breastfeeding positively impacts the life course of both maternal and child health including the reduction of infant mortality, yet inequities in breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity persist, particularly in the African American, Appalachian, and rural populations.  This year’s statewide conference, TAKING ACTION FOR EQUITY, a preconference to the Ohio Infant Mortality Summit, will provide plenary sessions and interactive workshops from successful leaders across the continuum, to provide participants with action tools to take back to their community

Conference Highlights:

  • Melba Moore, MS, CPHA, Health Commissioner, City of Cincinnati
  • Ryan Everett, MPH, Director Population Health, Ohio Hospital Association
  • Keynote Speaker Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute
  • Interactive Workshops – Fathers, Doulas, Home Visitation, Mom-to-Mom Groups, Going Back to Work Breastfeeding 101 and 911, and MORE!
  • Special Lunch option – Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University – Incoming Chair of AAP Section on Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep

Request for Poster Proposals

  • Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: October 11, 2018
  • Participants will be notified of acceptance by: November 1, 2018
  • Purpose: To highlight research on diverse populations
  • We plan to accept all poster abstracts that contain content broadly appropriate to the conference theme and adhere to the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
  • For additional information and/or to submit, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X2PLXSH

Registration, agenda, fees, parking information and Continuing Education information are available here.

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Location: Duke Energy Convention Center CME and MOC 2 Provided!

For additional conference information, see attached and/or contact:

Kathy Hill
(513) 636-8225
kathy.hill@cchmc.org

The First Step to #VoteKids is Making Sure You Are Registered – Deadline is October 9th

The deadline for eligible citizens to register to vote in this November’s election is October 9th.  The Ohio Secretary of State has made it possible to register to vote online at MyOhioVote.com. On this website, you can check the status of your registration, register to vote, request an absentee ballot, identify your voting location, and more. Additionally, as voter rosters tend to get purged on a regular basis, we encourage you to check that your registration is up to date even if you’ve done so already.

Ohio AAP is a non-partisan organization and as such we do not weigh in on individual candidates, however, what we can do is encourage you to #VoteKids this November. Additionally, many of you might be new to Ohio or have moved since the last election you voted in, so please review the following information to ensure you are ready for Election Day 2018 on Tuesday, November 6:

▪          Click here if you would like to check your registration status

▪          Click here if you need information on your Election Day polling location

▪          Click here for information on what you need to have on your person when voting

▪          Click here for information on AAP’s #VoteKids Campaign

Again, please make certain you check that your registration is current and accurate no later than Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to ensure you will be able to participate in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Midterm Elections, Everything You Need to Make the Right Choice

As many of you know, whether it’s due to your own interest or the inability to escape the never ending news cycle, midterm elections will be here before you know it. Ohio AAP is a non-partisan organization and as such we do not weigh in on individual candidates, however, what we can do is encourage you to #VOTEKIDS this November. Additionally, many of you might be new to Ohio or have moved since the last election you voted in, so please review the following information to ensure you are ready for Election Day 2018 on Tuesday, November 6:

  • click here if you would like to check your registration status
  • click here if you need information on your Election Day polling location
  • click here for information on what you need to have on your person when voting
  • click here for information on AAP’s #VoteKids Campaign

Please make certain you check that your registration is current and accurate no later than Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to ensure you’ll be able to participate in the 2018 Midterms.

Ohio Comprehensive Primary Care Webinar

On Thursday, August 30 at 11:30am, the Ohio Department of Medicaid will host a webinar about the Ohio Comprehensive Primary Care (Ohio CPC) program. This webinar will include general information about Ohio CPC, as well as details about changes to the program for 2019 and information about upcoming enrollment.

Ohio CPC is Ohio Medicaid’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program: a team-based care delivery model led by a primary care practice that comprehensively manages a patient’s health needs. The aim is to empower practices to deliver the best care possible to their patients, both improving quality of care and lowering costs.

Currently, 145 practices participate in Ohio CPC, covering over 1 million Medicaid lives. 2019 will be the third year of the program. We encourage you to share this invitation with other practices that may be interested in learning more about Ohio CPC.

You can register for the webinar here!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Additional information about Ohio CPC can be found on the Ohio Department of Medicaid website.

Voices Across Ohio: 2018 Regional Forums

Voices 2018 Regional Forums will reach hundreds of advocates, nonprofit leaders, public officials, child-serving professionals, parents of young children and others at locations across Ohio. Acknowledging the tremendous opportunity to impact the health of Ohio’s youngest residents, Voices will solicit feedback of stakeholders. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences working with and/or parenting this group and their ideas about how Medicaid can more significantly impact children at this very formative period of their development. Voices goal is to work collaboratively with you to learn more about how Medicaid can support the health of Ohio’s children and families.

Registration is free, click here!

We want to hear from you! What are the local issues facing your children and families as well as community successes that can help direct our state-wide efforts? We work to ensure Ohio kids grow up safe, healthy, educated, connected and employable.

Who should attend? Advocates, educators, parents, students/youth, policymakers, physicians, child-care providers, nurses, child-serving agencies, social workers, counselors, local county officials, and anyone else who cares about children!

All forum times are 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • CINCINNATI: October 1st
    Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45209
  • PORTSMOUTH: October 9th
    Portsmouth Welcome Center 342 2nd St Portsmouth, OH 45662
  • CLEVELAND: October 15th
    Jerry Sue Thornton Center 2500 E 22nd Street Cleveland, OH 44115
  • TOLEDO: October 22nd
    United Way of Toledo 424 Jackson Street Toledo, OH 43604
  • COLUMBUS: October 29th
    Improving Enterprises One Easton Oval Columbus, OH 43219 

Ohio Department of Medicaid Webinar Series

The Ohio Department of Medicaid will be hosting a series of webinars on episodes. These webinars will cover a variety of topics that may be useful for principal accountable providers (PAPs):

Wednesday, September 26, 10-11am – Update on Episode reports

Tuesday, October 23, 10-11am – Wave 3 Episodes tied to payment

Wednesday, November 28, 10-11am – New Episode thresholds and model design decisions

This link will allow you to register for the three remaining webinars.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information about episodes, please visit the Ohio Department of Medicaid Payment Innovation website.

Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School

The AAP offers tips for the back to school season. There are five different sets of tips, each covering a different aspects of school life. Start with “Getting the School Year Off to a Good Start,” which covers topics like preparing for the first day and backpack safety.  A second tip sheet offers advice on getting to and from school safely, including information on bus safety, pedestrian and biking tips. Once at school, there are tips for eating healthy during the day (including breakfast) and then there is a tip sheet on managing the hours after-school, including tips on after-school care and creating good homework habits. The final tip sheet talks about standing up to bullying and what to do if a child is the bully or a bystander.

Low Awareness of Meningitis B Vaccine Among U.S. Physicians Caring for Adolescents

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that adolescents and young adults ages 16 to 23 years old be vaccinated with serogroup B meningococcal vaccine based on individual physician suggestions (Category B recommendation). The American Academy of Pediatrics and others supported this recommendation.

Researchers were interested to see how physicians are administering and discussing meningococcal B vaccination under these recommendations. A study in the September 2018 issue of Pediatrics, “Adoption of Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendations, published online Aug. 20, surveyed pediatricians and family practitioners between October and December of 2016 to see if they discussed or recommended the vaccine to patients. During routine visits, 51 percent of pediatricians and 31 percent of family practitioners always or often discussed meningococcal B vaccination. Among those who had these discussions, 91 percent recommended vaccination.

The researchers noted that physicians who had greater awareness of meningitis outbreaks in their area were more likely to discuss the vaccine, while physicians with a lower awareness of outbreaks, or who worked in an HMO setting were less likely to recommend the vaccine. The study authors conclude that lack of knowledge about serogroup B meningococcal disease or awareness of the meningococcal B vaccine may be a primary reason for not discussing the vaccine. They conclude increasing physician education of this disease and vaccination may help to increase vaccination rates.

If you would like to learn more about the vaccine or participate in the discussion please check out page 7 or our Annual Meeting brochure discussing our Meningococcal B Vaccine summit involving 19 participating practices from across Ohio. You can also visit our Annual Meeting website to register and learn more about what you can get out of this marquee event.

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