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DC AAP Supports DC Council Bills to Reduce Youth Access/Exposure to Tobacco

Dr. Krishna Upadhya, Chair of DC AAP’s Adolescent Health Working Group, testified on behalf of DC AAP on Thursday, July 7th at a DC Council hearing in support of the “Prohibition Against Selling Tobacco Products to Individuals under 21 Amendment Act of 2015” and the “Sporting Events Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Restriction Amendment Act of 2016.”

Passage of both of these bills would further the DC AAP’s aim to protect children, adolescents and families from health risks associated with tobacco products. 


District Government Adopts New Lead Testing Policy Based on AAP Report


Reprinted from DC.GOV

District agencies will support newly released American Academy of Pediatrics action threshold

Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue announced that the DC Department of General Services will move to incorporate a 1 PPB (part-per-billion) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) centers.


DC Medicaid Update: EPSDT Summer News


Healthy Students Are Better Learners

To ensure that all District of Columbia (DC) students have the opportunity to be healthy and successful, District law requires all children to submit a DC Universal Health Certificate (UHC) and Oral Health Assessment (OHA) form each year as a part of school enrollment. These forms document an annual visit to the primary care provider and primary dental provider—to be valid for school reporting purposes.


AAP Backs New ACIP Recommendation on Influenza Vaccine


I’m writing with information and resources to help our members make the transition for the upcoming 2016-’17 influenza season in light of the recent recommendation that health care providers should not use live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) due to poor effectiveness. The decision made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) impacts your practice, and we want to provide timely information to help in your planning.


DC AAP Election Results


The results are in!  The DC AAP is pleased to announce the newly elected Board members and appointments starting July, 2016.  Marcee White, MD, FAAP took the reins as Chapter President on July 1st, transitioning from her previous position as Vice-President/President Elect.  We would like to extend our enormous appreciation to our outgoing President, Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP, for serving as President of the chapter for the past two years. 


Support Common-Sense Proposals to Protect Children from Gun Violence


A Message from AAP CEO/Executive Director Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

Dear AAP Members:

I write to you with the mass shooting that took place on Sunday in Orlando, Florida, at the forefront of my mind. Each of us is saddened, shocked and horrified at the loss of life; the loss of so many futures, and the families those loved ones left behind who will never completely heal from this.


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