About DC AAP
Support DC AAPSupport DC AAP - Make a DonationThe DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (DC AAP) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your generous donation to the DC AAP is 100% tax-deductible and helps us improve the health of all children in DC through various initiatives.
DC AAP Takes Stock of a Successful 2016
The DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics had a very successful 2016 — advocating for the health and well-being of children, collaborating with partner organizations, agencies and institutions on child health issues, and providing quality educational seminars for child health providers in the nation’s capital.
We held educational symposia, convened working groups, and created partnerships with academic centers, community organizations, DC government, local practitioners and families to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents on issues including the effects of toxic stress, trauma and adverse childhood experiences on early brain development; improving breastfeeding rates; family education on nutrition and preventive health; and ongoing work on teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood mental health, and immigrant child health.
Advocacy for children is at the heart of DC AAP. As you may have seen in local media, our members have provided testimony to local government officials on issues including promoting paid family leave, educating the DC Council members on the health effects on children of lead exposure, supporting prohibition against selling tobacco products to individuals under 21 (which recently became DC law), speaking out on the health effects of federal immigration raids and advocating for city funding for teen pregnancy prevention, among others
Through our DC AAP Strategic Planning, we continue to focus on Poverty and Toxic Stress as a child health priority, along with our ongoing work in adolescent health, immigrant health, and so much more. We can accomplish even more with your support. State chapters of AAP do not receive funding support from the National AAP and member dues do not cover the staff, administrative and programming expenses that enable us to do the important work we do for kids in DC. The chapter relies upon donations, sponsorships and grants to accomplish our mission. Your financial support goes directly to the many projects and behind-the-scenes work needed to keep us effective. Any donation amount will help! Please make a fully tax-deductible donation today using the button on the top of this page.
Thank you for helping us move toward our vision that all children and adolescents in DC are healthy, both physically and mentally; have access to quality pediatric health services; and have strong advocates in their families, communities and government. With your support and participation, we look forward to another fruitful year of advocating for the health and well-being of children in DC, and connecting, educating and strengthening child health providers.
The following are some of DC AAP’s recent activities and projects:
- Convened an ongoing city-wide Adolescent Health Working Group to collaborate, advocate and educate providers, policy makers and funders in order to improve access to reproductive health education and family planning services, identify sustainable funding for School Based Health Centers and teen pregnancy prevention programs, and increase HPV Immunization rates.
- Partnered with Children’s National Health System, Georgetown University, Children’s Law Center, and the D.C. Departments of Health, Behavioral Health, and Health Care Finance to form the DC Collaborative for Mental in Pediatric Primary Care, to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia.
- Collaborated with the Children’s National Health Network, the DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Health Care Quality (DC PICHQ), the DC Department of Behavioral Health and the DC Department of Health Care Finance to offer members free participation in the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care’s Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative to Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice.
- Organized and hosted an Adolescent Reproductive Health Policy Symposium, attended by over 100 adolescent medicine providers, policy makers, government agency staff members, MCO staff members, community advocates, and local funders. Speakers included both local and national reproductive health experts, DC Teen Peer Health Educators, DC Council members and government officials. Topics included Reproductive Justice in Contraception Access, Confidentiality, Medicaid Freedom or Choice, Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives, and School Based Health Centers as a Critical Access Point for Contraceptive Care.
- Provided testimony to local government officials on issues including the following:
- successfully lobbying for the addition of $2 million to the city’s budget for teen pregnancy prevention
- supporting the Universal Paid Family Leave Act of 2015
- expanding the scope of safe sleep guidelines and practices in the Safe Sleep for Infants Act of 2015
- advocating for placement of and training for CPR and AEDs in high schools
- recommending stringent guidelines for the License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014
- opposing marijuana legalization
- supporting the Behavioral Health System of Care Act of 2014and the Breastmilk Bank and Lactation Support Act of 2013
- increasing health education graduation requirements in DC public high schools
- protecting youth from dangerous and discredited sexual orientation conversion efforts
- securing continued funding of DC Lead Poisoning & Healthy Homes Project
- promoting passage of the Expedited Partner Therapy Act for sexually transmitted infections, which was signed into law in April, 2014
- Host twice-yearly educational dinners and trainings for child health providers on subjects including Marijuana Legalization, Early Mental Health Intervention, Human Trafficking, Smoking Cessation, Fluoride Varnish Application, Immunizations and Health Care Transitions for Adolescents with Special Needs, to name a few…
- Sponsor and staff an “Ask the Doc” booth at monthly pop-up fresh food market at DC’s Ann Beers Elementary School. The “Joyful Market” is co-sponsored by Martha’s Table, Capital Area Food Bank, and DC Public Schools. DC AAP’s youngest members, Pediatric Residents from Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center, staff the booth and share health-related themed activities to promote health and wellness among the students and their families.
- Enable members to participate in Children’s National Health Network CME programs at no charge
- Awarded Healthy People 2020 Grant to create a pediatric provider toolkit for care of recently arrived immigrant children
- Held a city-wide Adolescent Health Advocacy Summit in which 95 local medical professionals and community advocates were trained on advocacy and met with DC Council members and staff to share information about primary pregnancy prevention, access to quality health education, and increased funding for school based health centers. The event was hosted by the Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the DC Council’s Committee on Health and included training on the DC legislative and budgeting process and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on adolescent health.
- Worked with officials from the D.C. Department of Health and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to clarify current DC requirements for tuberculosis risk assessment and testing for children attending Child Development Facilities and schools
- Led a coalition of DC nonprofit and governmental organizations to increase the proportion of children who are ready for school in all five domains of healthy development, by increasing DC pediatricians’ knowledge of the AAP guidelines, resources in DC to assist with implementation, the referral process and resources for Early Intervention and Special Education. Twenty seven practices have been trained so far, and have seen increases in their referrals to Child Find
- Conducted a day-long, city-wide School Based Health Center (SBHC) Sustainability Summit, bringing together government officials, SBHC operators, medical providers, community advocates and policy makers to create an action plan for ensuring the sustainability and accountability of SBHCs in DC.
- Conducted a day-long continuing medical education symposium on Adolescent Reproductive Health attended by over 90 direct service providers, which included training on contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted infection screening.
- Worked with school and health department officials to revise and simplify health care documentation for school-aged children, including changing the physical requirement to annual and removing the 150 day rule
- Held a city-wide DC Pediatric Thought Leaders HPV Immunization Improvement Conference bringing together 50 diverse stakeholders to conduct strategic planning and develop an action plan for improving HPV vaccination rates in the District.
- Offered a CME-accredited webinar to members on Improving HPV Vaccination Initiation and Completion in the District of Columbia.
- Co-sponsored an Adolescent Health Series on topics including primary care screening for depression and smoking cessation
- Hosted a panel discussion on Caring for the Immigrant Child: Education, Legal Rights, and the Unaccompanied Minor and subsequently created a new Immigrant Health Committee to enable providers with a common interest in caring for immigrant children and their families an opportunity to share resources, advocate for immigrant children, and educate providers and others about current pertinent issues.
- Hosted Creating Healthy Immigrant Children: the Challenge for Pediatricians featuring immigrant health expert, Dr. Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, Stanford University
- Received National AAP Small Chapter of the Year Award at the AAP Annual Leadership Forum in March, 2013
- Trained pediatric medical providers on oral health and fluoride varnish application
- Engaged with local organizations in quality improvement collaboratives for asthma, oral health, breastfeeding, obesity and special needs
- Collaborated with local organizations in Park RX, a program designed to improve outcomes in asthma, obesity and ADHD by promoting outdoor exploration and activities at over 350 DC parks
- Hosted an annual pediatric career seminar series for area young physicians, residents, medical students and fellows
- Sponsored free talks for DC AAP members by Harvey Karp and other authors and national experts
- Sponsored a free educational session on Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
- Hosted a legislative advocacy day for members
- Sponsored members to attend the National AAP Legislative Conference