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Early Identification of Mental Health Problems Saves Lives

By: Dr. Jeff Bostic and Dr. Lisa Cullins

Scope of the Problem: At any given moment, about 1 in 5 children meet criteria for a mental health (MH) disorder, with anxiety disorders most common (13%), followed by ADHD (7%), and depression (3%). In DC, many youth contend with adverse childhood experiences, increasing their risk for mental illness.


DC AAP “Promoting Mental Health in Immigrant Children”

DC AAP “Promoting Mental Health in Immigrant Children” brought together over 80 pediatricians, health providers, teachers, school administrators, and nurses for an evening to reflect, educate, and bring collective action. The event, made possible through AAP Friends of Children Fund, was spearheaded by DC AAP immediate past president, Lanre Falusi, and a committed committee of Drs.


What Happened and Where to Go From Here: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Update

Thanks to your advocacy, AAP has been a leading voice for children as members of Congress worked on legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs.

Over the past two years, pediatricians like you have made their voices heard through expert congressional testimony, op-eds published in newspapers across the country, congressional briefings, and hundreds of meetings, calls, and emails to congressional staff.


Upcoming AAP Webinar – Recognizing Microcephaly and Other Presentations of Zika Virus Syndrome


American Academy of Pediatrics
Webinar Series on Zika Virus Syndrome
Recognizing Microcephaly and Other Presentations of Zika Virus Syndrome
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT
Registration is Required

Dial-In Information

Phone: 844-216-1726
Conference ID: 18985179
Registration Link:


Over the past year, congenital Zika virus syndrome has captured the attention of the world because of the devastating effects it can have on infants’ development.


Legally Required Lead Screening: Every Child. Twice by Two.


For Children’s Health Month and National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 23-29, 2016), the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) are writing to remind you of your legal obligation to perform lead screening as part of a well-child visit for all children you serve in the District of Columbia, as outlined below.


CDC releases new guidance on caring for infants with congenital Zika


SOURCE: August 19, 2016 ·
by Melissa Jenco · News Content Editor

Children with congenital Zika virus infection could have an array of difficulties and will need careful evaluation and follow-up, according to federal health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released crucial new guidance for pediatricians and other pediatric clinicians that was developed in consultation with the Academy and other experts.


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