Injury Prevention/Safe Sleep – Recruitment Letter

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Dear Pediatric Provider,

Injuries are the number one cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. In children less than one year of age, these injuries are most commonly caused by motor vehicle collisions, drowning, physical abuse, and inappropriate sleep positioning and environments. An important part of every well-child visit is to educate families about these risks so that they can practice safer behaviors to prevent these injuries. Unfortunately, there is little time during an office visit and providers often aren’t sure of the best ways to have these conversations. As a result, the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics has developed two tools to assist pediatric providers in screening families for their injury risks and provide specific talking points to improve discussions. These tools have enabled physicians to be more efficient and they have made injury prevention discussions easier with families. By consistently incorporating these tools into practice, more than 50% of families made at least one change in their behavior, in turn helping their children to be safer.

Aside from the benefits of simplifying the way you address safety in your practice and reducing injuries in children, participants that utilize these tools within our program will have the added benefits of earning 25 free ABP Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits, Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, and receive sleep sacks for patients they care for.

Participating practices will work with a multi-disciplinary “core team” of clinical and administrative staff from their office to provide children with the opportunity to grow up to reach their fullest potential by eliminating unintentional injuries. Practices will also have the opportunity to work with experts in the field of Injury Prevention to learn about a wide variety of available injury-related resources. More information, including the Recruitment Packet, can be found by visiting: Additionally, please feel free to join us for one of our optional Informational Calls; dates/times and call-in information can be found below.

The official start of the project is not until Thursday, March 19, 2015, however we are starting the process early to ensure the successful recruitment of 20 highly motivated practices. With that in mind, we encourage you to sign up before Friday, February 13, 2015 to ensure your practice has time to complete the necessary work prior to the learning session.

Informational Calls:
– Friday, Dec, 12, 2014 from 12:15-12:45pm
– Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 from 8:00-8:30am

– Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 from 5:00-5:30pm
– Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 from 12:15-12:45pm

– Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 from 12:15-12:45pm
Call-in Information: 1 (800) 466-8543, Code: 342604# (All times listed are Eastern)

We look forward to working with you to keep all children free from injuries.

Mike Gittelman, MD – Medical Director
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
(513) 636-2274
Sarah Denny, MD – Medical Director
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(614) 722-4384
Sean O’Hanlon – Project Manager
Ohio Chapter, AAP
(614) 846-6258

Recruitment Packet                                                                 Enrollment Form

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