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DC AAP Board Members Testify at DC Council Hearing on Books from Birth Legislation

DC AAP Past President, Dr. Robert Zarr and Board Member, Dr. Ankoor Shah, testified on behalf of DC AAP at a D.C. Council public hearing on March 19th in support of the Books from Birth legislation introduced earlier this year by Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen.  The legislation would create a new early literacy initiative in partnership with DC Public Libraries which will mail a book to each child in the District every month from birth through age five, while also working to connect families with the full range of library resources and educational information, including adult literacy assistance and DCPL’s Sing, Talk, & Read early literacy program.


Dr. Ankoor Shah is Interviewed on Homelessness’s Effects on Child Health on WeActRadio


The Dr. America Radio Show, hosted by DC AAP member, Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, on WeActRadio, recently spent an episode addressing homelessness in America, and specifically in the District. DC AAP Resident Board Member, Dr. Ankoor Shah, was interviewed regarding the effect of homelessness on child health and about DC’s homeless policies.


FOX 5 News Story on Books From Birth Legislation Features Past & Present DC AAP Presidents

Speaking this morning at the Southwest Neighborhood Library, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen announced he will introduce a bill on Tuesday to create a new early literacy initiative in partnership with DC Public Libraries.


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Washington Post publishes opinion piece on D.C.’s Coming Homelessness Crisis written by DC AAP Board Member, Ankoor Shah, MD.

From-the-Washington-Post-01-150x150SOURCE: Washington Post, January 2
By Ankoor Shah

Each winter, The Post reports on the decrepit conditions at D.C. General, the city’s emergency family shelter, as well as on the lack of adequate shelter space and the lack of safety for the District’s homeless population. Each year, the reporting shows a grimmer picture without much change occurring.


School Based Health Article Features DC AAP Members, Lekeisha Terrell and Danielle Dooley

By Christina Sturdivant | Monday, October 20, 2014 | SOURCE:


Dr. Lekeisha Terrell, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, sees a patient at Ballou’s student health center, which is one of a handful in DC much more comprehensive than a school nurse’s office

This isn’t your mom’s school nurse; it’s a full medical center – in a high school.


Washington Post Publishes DC AAP member, Kristine Schmitz’s Letter to the Editor on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives

long-acting-reversiblePublished September 29th in The Washington Post.
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I applaud Ruth Marcus’s op-ed column on long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) [“A plan for parenthood,” Sept. 24]. LARCs allow women to choose when they are ready to start a family. They are appropriate for women of all ages, including teenagers.


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