Annual Meeting 2019: Breaking Records and Exceeding Expectations

Ohio AAP held our Annual Meeting September 27-28, 2019 at the Hilton Polaris. The meeting started with a luncheon lecture by Mona Hanna-Attisha entitled “What the Eyes Don’t See: the process of uncovering the Flint water crisis.” Dr. Hanna Attisha is a well-published researcher and public policy advocate who uncovered the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Mona shared with 340 pediatricians, resident, public health professionals, corporate partners and public utility companies, “The story of Flint is an incredible example of resistance and creating hope in our communities, especially for our children.”

After an inspiring introduction, the Annual Meeting provided members with several great educational opportunities. Attendees could possibly earn 20 Part 2 Maintenance of Certification/CME credits by attending provided lectures. A wide array of topics were discussed, including: integrating mental health into primary care, parents advocating for vaccinations, strategies to prevent obesity, a kick-off of the Ohio AAP’s new Store it Safe program and caring for children affected by the opioid epidemic in our state. Many of these lectures involved panel discussions with leaders in each of their respective fields.

Ohio Pediatrics will run a spread this month with much more detail and photos!

Here is 2019 Annual Meeting by the Numbers:

  • Most exhibitors ever – 56
  • Most attendees ever – 425
  • Most funds ever raised – Nearly $110K

Please take a moment to watch this highlight reel. The 2020 Ohio AAP Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 20-21, 2019 at the Hilton Polaris. If you have questions or ideas for topics, please contact Elizabeth Dawson at

2019 Awards Reception

Seven 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:

Outstanding Very Large Chapter
Award Presentation to Ohio Chapter, America Academy of Pediatrics

Leonard P. Rome Award-Ohio AAP Smoke Free Families Learning Collaborative

Special Achievement Award-Ethan Lindenberger

Antoinette Parisi Eaton Advocacy Award-Frank Combs, MBA

William Cotton Pediatrician Advocate Award-Patricia Gabbe, MD, FAAP

Arnold Freidman Community Pediatrician Award-Sarah Adams, MD, FAAP
[not present]

Elizabeth Spencer Ruppert Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year Award-Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

2019 Shark Tank

At this year’s Annual Meeting three presenters graced the stage to present their ideas on ways to improve child health and pediatric practice. Each presenter focused in a different discipline of child health. Dr. Maria Komer presented “Childhood Obesity Management at the 9-11 Year Well Child Check – An opportunity for Expert Committee Recommended Comorbidity Screening”. In her presentation, Dr. Komer shared all of the work she has done to understand how to increase obesity screening and treatment in the pre-teen population. Jeremy Hardjono, a student at Orange High School in Columbus Ohio, presented 1HELPS. This is a new initiative Jeremy started to increase awareness about adolescent suicide and one person can make a difference. Dr. Peri Fouss presented her work on a multi-prong approach to safe medication storage and disposal in the Dayton community through educational efforts. The judges were highly impressed with the work of these child health advocates. Dr. Maria Komer was awarded the “Best Poster” from the judges and the audience. Dr. Peri Fouss received the best “Live Presentation” for her presentation on Saturday in front of the Annual Meeting Audience.  The Ohio AAP was delighted to award Jeremy Hardjono with a special recognition and monety prize to continue the great work he is doing in his high school community. Ohio AAP greatly appreciates the work of the presenters for all of their work to share the great things they are doing to promote child health in Ohio!

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