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Required Lead Screenings – Every Child. Twice by Two.

DHCF AND DOEE JOINT LETTER TO ALL PEDIATRICIANS, FAMILY PRACTITIONERS, HEALTH CLINICS AND MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS SERVING DC MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES:

Would you skip a simple blood test that could protect children from a lifetime of harm?

Less than a third of young children in the District of Columbia have received the two lead screenings required by District law, first between ages 6 and 14 months and again between ages 22 and 26 months.

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The Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017

This month’s guest blogger is Council Member Vincent C. Gray who is also our Chair of the Committee on Health For the American Academy of Pediatrics. In this piece, Council Member Gray shares why early childhood education and health plays an important role in the well being of the District of Columbia.

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DOH-DOEE Advisory on Lead Tests Manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics

FDA & CDC Issue Blood Lead Test Safety Alert for Certain Lead Tests Manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a blood lead test safety alert stating that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States.

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Seeking Pediatricians to Join Partnership with DC Public Schools to Address Absenteeism

  • Are you a pediatrician that takes care of patients who attend HD Cooke Elementary, Powell Elementary, Marie Reed Elementary, Bancroft Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo Education Campus?
  • Are you interested in supporting your patients’ health and attendance in school?

Beginning in School Year 2017-18, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be partnering with the DC Department of Health and local child health providers to address absenteeism. 

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New AAP Guidelines Say Children Under One Year Old Should Not Be Given Fruit Juice


Dr. Patricia Braun, AAP Spokesperson, explains the Academy’s new guidelines on fruit juice, “Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations,” offering parents tips on how much juice is too much for children. Too much juice can cause obesity and tooth decay.

Click here for more information about the new guidelines.

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A Third of Children Exposed to Lead in the U.S. Likely Undiagnosed

SOURCE: Public Health Institute

PEDIATRICS STUDY REVEALS STATES WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN REMAIN UNIDENTIFIED

Oakland, CA — As concerns about lead exposure peak across the U.S., a new PHI study published in Pediatrics indicates that lead reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead.

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