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Chapter Member Testifies on E-cigarette Legislation

Dr. Morgan Greenfield, a pediatric resident and member of DC AAP, testified on behalf of the Chapter at a recent D.C. Council public hearing in support of Bill 21-780: Electronic Cigarette Parity Amendment Act of 2016. This bill would prohibit smoking electronic cigarettes in restricted areas in parity with prohibitions on traditional tobacco products.

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International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to be Held in DC

View BrochureThe upcoming International Academy of Breastfeeding Meeting will be held in Washington DC from October 13th – 16th.  The meeting is packed with internationally recognized speakers. DC AAP member, Sahira Long, MD, FAAP, is the conference chair.

Even if you are not able to attend the entire conference, please consider attending the pre-conference course on “What every physician should know about breastfeeding.”

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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. 

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District Government Adopts New Lead Testing Policy Based on AAP Report

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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.

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DC Medicaid Update: EPSDT Summer News

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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.

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AAP Backs New ACIP Recommendation on Influenza Vaccine

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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.

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