Resources By Topic
Adolescent Reproductive Health
- Directory for Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Providers in DC
A listing of medical providers who place Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), including information about insurance coverage and contraceptive counseling.
- Beyond the Pill
Research to reduce unintended pregnancy, national provider training program to increase access to IUDs and implants, and free educational tools designed for young women.
Comprehensive birth control information designed for young adults.
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Practice Resources
- Expedited Partner Therapy Provider Guide
DC Department of Health Guide explaining the new DC law permitting health care providers who diagnose chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis to prescribe antibiotics for patients’ sexual partner(s) for treatment of the infection without having to examine the partner for the prescription.
- Advocacy On Call
National advocacy website built by providers for providers containing health policy information on numerous children’s health topics
- DC Asthma Coalition
Provides a gateway to asthma programs and activities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond
- Key Points for Asthma Guideline Implementation
A two-page snapshot guide of caring for a patient with asthma, including guidance for initiating and managing therapy.
- Medical Home Chapter Champion Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis
Management of acute loss of asthma control in the yellow zone: a practice parameter – an immensely helpful for fine-tuning the most common type of asthma care.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is happy to share the following resources to enhance autism awareness:
- Healthy Children show on RadioMD featured interviews with AAP autism experts to explain the new autism prevalence numbers, provide advice for parents facing a new autism diagnosis, and discuss ABA therapy and other treatments.
- Autism: Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition includes clinical guidance, interactive algorithms, expert screening, diagnosis, and treatment tools, tracking aids, coding tips, and ready-to-print family handouts, in both English and Spanish. The toolkit is available in both CD-ROM & Digital Download formats.
- Sound Advice on Autism is a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers, and parents of children with autism.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs To Know is an award-winning book for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with autism. Read the first 3 chapters of the book – with our compliments!
- Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder is a booklet that provides information about autism and answers most common questions asked by parents.
- Is Your Toddler Communicating With You is a brochure that encourages parents to share any concerns they have about their baby’s language development with their pediatrician as early as possible.
For more information on autism: www.aap.org/autism
- DC Breastfeeding Coalition
A partnership of advocates and agencies working to promote the benefits of early and continued breastfeeding. The website includes breastfeeding resources for providers.
Clinical & Practice Management
- Coding Resources
Includes fact sheets, coding and payment policies, and resources for evaluation and management.
- DC Health Check
Medicaid Provider Training & Resources
- Immunization Registry
DC Department of Health immunization documents, forms, links, reports and database access
- Pediatric Care Online
Quick reliable pediatric point of care information and solutions for your every day clinical needs
- Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)
Helpful tools, including links to the currently recommended PPE forms on the AAP’s website, as well as further information on the PPE Preparticipation Physical Evaluation monograph
- DC Health Matters
Web-based information portal that provides timely, local and actionable community health information to researchers and community-based organizations
Early Childhood Development
- Early Stages Outreach Services
Early Stages is the District of Columbia Public Schools diagnostic center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months.
- AAP Books Build Connections Toolkit
Looking for information about early literacy and early learning? Find it in 1 of 12 publications in the AAP’s Books Build Connections Toolkit. The toolkit includes early literary resources for pediatric professionals and families.
- Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention
A CDC resource that includes prevention tips, data and surveillance, tools and training kits, and policy resources.
- Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE)
An environmental health pediatric specialty unit located at Children’s National Medical Center. MACCHE educates health professional, parents, and the public about the needs and risks of children in the context of environmental health.
- National Environmental Education Foundation – Children and Nature Initiative
Online resource for environmental learning.
- DC Park Rx is a Community Health Initiative of health providers, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Park Service, DC Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, US Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Recreation and Parks Association.Short-term goal:
- Prescribe NATURE to patients and families to encourage outside time in one of 350 green spaces/parks rated in Washington, DC
- Decrease impact of non-communicable chronic disease like obesity, asthma, and mental health disorders AND create the next generation of environmental stewards
- Evaluate the effectiveness of prescribing nature with regard to behavioral and attitudinal changes in both health providers and patients
- DC Park Rx
DC Park Finder is an online search tool that enables users to quickly find a nearby park using only a zip code. The Park Finder’s search results deliver the names and addresses of all DC parks located within a radius of up to 5 miles.
- DC Park Prescription Rating Tool
Feedback form for the accessibility, cleanliness, safety, and general condition of parks and their amenities.
- Printable Park Rating Tool
Printable paper format of above feedback form.
- Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)
Provides specialty medical education and consultation on natural or human-made environmental hazards.
Factsheets: Arsenic in Food, Autism and the Environment, Chelation Therapy
- Tobacco and Second Hand Smoke
Online resource for clinicians, researchers, communities, educators, parents and families- from the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence.
Fetus and Newborn
Your Source for Genetic Information and Support
Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation
The Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is excited to offer this new edition of the Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation. This publication is the definitive source on all aspects of neonatal coding including recommendations on best practices for choosing the proper CPT codes, documentation guidelines and a deeper understanding of the RBRVS system.
New in this edition is a chapter on correct coding for the follow up care of the NICU graduate. Perhaps most importantly, this book is being released at a critical time with the start of ICD-10. The Guide contains information on how to crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10. All of these components make the Second Edition of the Quick Reference Guide the ultimate source for neonatal coding and documentation and hence an invaluable tool for neonatologists and their billing staff.
For ordering information contact Jim Couto at email@example.com
Gun Violence Prevention
- Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Campaign, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
One question could save a child’s life – parents must ask “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”
- Gun Safety Pocket Card
A primary care clinical pocketcard to help determine youth at risk for gun violence combined with tools for prevention.
- Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population
Journal article by the Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention.
- PAVE Overview of Gun Safety Information and Statistics
An overview of gun safety information/statistics, created by the AAP Section of Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees, as part of their PAVE Campaign
- PAVE Legislative Letter
Form letter regarding gun safety for members to send to their elected officials.
- PAVE School Admin Letter
Form letter for medical student and resident members to send to school administrators in order to set up in-school presentations on gun safety.
- PAVE Smart Phrase Template
Questions and answers regarding gun safety to discuss with children and their parents during office visits.
- Moms Demand Action Launches Be SMART Gun Violence Prevention Campaign
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched Be SMART, a public education campaign asking gun owners and non-gun owners alike to take simple steps to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides that occur when children or teens get a hold of guns that are not stored responsibly.
Health Care Reform
- DC Health Link
DC Health Link is an on-line marketplace created for individuals, families, small business owners and their employees in the District of Columbia to shop, compare, and select health insurance that meets their health needs and budgets.
- Kids Well Campaign
National advocacy campaign focused on successful health care reform implementation on behalf of children, providing timely, easy-to-understand health care reform news and analysis
Link to and share CDC factsheet and materials with your audiences:
- HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens (General for Parents)
- More Information about HPV and HPV Vaccine (In-depth for Parents)
- 9-valent Guidance Factsheet (In-depth guidance for clinicians)
HPV Vaccine Provider Education Video
This video provides up-to-date information about the burden of HPV-related disease, the rationale behind vaccinating pre-teens prior to sexual debut, the clear need for boys as well as girls to receive HPV vaccination, and vaccine safety information. The video features 8 case vignettes in which doctors demonstrate effective counseling strategies, incorporating the latest available evidence, to address the concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents. Thank you to the AAP-CA3 HPV Sub-Committee for sharing this information. Video in full or by segment can be found at: http://www.aapca3.org/hpv-videos-education-promotion/
9-valent Guidance Factsheet
A 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil 9, Merck & Co., Inc) was licensed for use in females and males in the United States in December 2014. 1,2,3,4 9-valent HPV vaccine is the third HPV vaccine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the other vaccines are bivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females, and quadrivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females and males. The information here summarizes some of the recommendations included in the Policy Note and provides additional guidance for issues that were not addressed in the Policy Note but are likely to arise during the transition from quadrivalent HPV vaccine to 9-valent HPV vaccine.
Material originally developed by the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
|Online HPV Resources / Web Site Posts for Pediatric Practices|
|Sample HPV Facebook Posts for Pediatric Practices|
|Sample HPV Tweets for Pediatric Practices|
|HPV YouTube Videos for Pediatric Practices|
|Sample HPV Pinterest Pins for Pediatric Practices|
Web On-Demand CME Video
Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to tell parents that they aren’t opening the door to sex – they’re closing the door the cancer. Because HPV vaccine IS cancer prevention and YOU are the key.
CDC Funds DC AAP to Increase the District’s HPV Vaccination Rates
HPV vaccination coverage in the US has stagnated, well below other adolescent vaccines. If pediatricians administered HPV vaccines at the same time they provided other adolescent vaccines, adherence rates would be close to 90%.
Funded by a Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant, through National AAP, the DC AAP chapter is working in collaboration with the DC Department of Health Immunization Program (DCDOH-IP) towards increasing HPV vaccination rates in the District.
To date, DC AAP hosted the DC Pediatric Thought Leaders Immunization Improvement Congress in May, 2014. A group of diverse stakeholders came together to conduct strategic planning and develop an action plan for improving HPV vaccination rates in the District. DC AAP also partnered with the DC Department of Health to send out reminder-recall postcards to over 20,000 families and to offer peer-to-peer presentations to local pediatric practices. The chapter distributed HPV informational posters to DC School Based Health Clinics and hosted a lunch time webinar on giving a strong recommendation for HPV vaccine for a Community Grand Rounds. The webinar remains available on the DC AAP website. Finally, DC AAP distributed member communications regarding HPV vaccination through the chapter’s e-newsletter and social media.
Local Webinar: Improving HPV Vaccination Initiation and Completion in the District of Columbia – with Dr. Sherrie Flynt Wallington, DOH HPV Consultant
Human Trafficking & Victims of Violence
- Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Treatment of Potential Victims of Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSEC)
Developed through the efforts of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and physicians on Children’s medical staff in the interest of advancing pediatric healthcare. This is a general guideline and does not represent a professional care standard governing providers’ obligation to patients. Ultimately the patient’s physician must determine the most appropriate care.
- Help for Victims of Violence Card
- Help for Victims of Violence Card (Spanish Version)
- HEAL Trafficking
HEAL Trafficking’s mission is to unify and mobilize interdisciplinary professionals in combating human trafficking through a health care lens, and to serve as a centralized resource on health for the broader anti-trafficking community. HEAL has multiple working groups that members can join, including in Direct Services, Media & Technology, Education & Training, International Linkages, Legal, and more. There are also countless resources available through the website. Please join the network and see the website at www.HEALtrafficking.org.
HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Campaign
The intent of the Rescue & Restore campaign is to increase the identification of trafficking victims in the United States and to help those victims receive the benefits and services they need to restore their lives. The website provides fact sheets, educational posters and brochures, and campaign tool kits for law enforcement, health care and social service providers. The website is: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/about-rescue-restore.
Polaris, named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society. From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, Polaris sparks long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. The Polaris Project can be found at http://www.polarisproject.org.
The Polaris Project runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a 24/7 resource center on trafficking: 1-888-373-7888; texting line BeFree (233733).
Polaris also has training resources for law enforcement and service providers at http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/resources, with particular information for health professionals at http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/resources/recognizing-and-responding-human-trafficking-healthcare-context.
ICD – 10
Official CMS Industry Resources for the ICD-10 Transition
- CMS Road to 10 Program Overview Video – Watch the new video to learn more about what we do at the CMS Road to 10 Program. This animated video provides an overview of the different components The Road to 10 Program has utilized to provide small physician practices resources to prepare for ICD-10 implementation.
- ICD-10 Coding for Some Preventive Medicine Service Encounters
Coding for Some Preventive Medicine Service Encounters. Scenarios were created for coding teaching purposes only.
ICE RAIDS ARE DETRIMENTAL TO COMMUNITY HEALTH
STATEMENT FROM WASHINGTON DC REGION COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS, HEALTH SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS AND WORKGROUPS
The Obama administration has confirmed that it is conducting immigration raids in the homes of mothers and children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras who entered the U.S. since May of 2014 and have received orders of deportation. These announcements and actions have caused extreme fear in our immigrant patient populations, and we are already receiving reports on patients who are afraid to come in for services. As health clinics, centers, and organizations devoted to caring for those most underserved in our community, we are deeply troubled by the trauma generated within our communities by these ICE raids, and we join the call for our local leaders to affirm that our localities are safe spaces for immigrants and those fleeing violence.
Our local region has a high proportion of immigrants from Central America, who therefore make up significant segments of our patients and clients. It has been well documented that many of the families recently arriving to our region are fleeing severe and growing violence in Central America. The manner in which ICE officers are conducting raids are re-traumatizing mothers and children who have witnessed and survived arrest, torture, and murder of family members, and attempts on their own lives. Those of us working closely with these families know that a significant number are experiencing severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. These and other trauma-related conditions can limit major life activities, including the capacity to successfully navigate complicated asylum legal procedures and immigration removal proceedings. There are concerns that many of those with orders of deportation did not receive full due process in court, and deporting them to situations of extreme violence will result in harm or even death.
Raids don’t harm only those with orders of deportation, they create an environment of fear among the entire immigrant community. Many of our immigrant patients and clients have histories of trauma and persecution, and the news reports of predawn raids by ICE in homes, workplaces and in local supermarkets heighten feelings of vulnerability and distrust. Immigrant and refugee families live difficult lives as they adjust to new communities and new cultures. Immigration status is one of the key social determinants affecting health, along with poverty, language, and the lack of familiarity with the US health system. It is fundamental to provide safe spaces for immigrants and refugees as they seek supportive services, and to identify opportunities for improving the trust that they need to have in our institutions so they can fully develop their potential to be healthy and productive. Raids have the opposite effect, deterring immigrants from sending children to school, showing up for clinic appointments or even buying healthy foods, and therefore widening the existing disparities in care.
Our health sector has increasingly embraced a commitment to health equity and health for all. As part of that commitment, we affirm that our health centers and organizations are safe spaces for all, including immigrants and those fleeing violence. We urge our immigrant community to continue seeking services and support from us. We urge our local jurisdictions to work with our immigrant community to assure them of the safety of our schools, public services, and local law enforcement. We urge our federal representatives to work towards comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the root causes of migration, and acknowledges the specific health and mental health needs of those fleeing violence.
- Immigrant Health Committee Awarded Healthy People 2020 Grant
The DC AAP’s Immigrant Health Committee has recently been awarded the Friends of Children Healthy People 2020 Grant. As one of five AAP chapters in the nation to win the grant, they will be working to create a “toolkit” for primary care providers to care for recently arrived immigrant children called “Esperanza: Coordinated Care and Excellence for Immigrant Children.”
Addressing Lead Exposure in Low-Income Communities
Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year, particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school. Policies and resources that fight exposure to lead and ensure that families get the testing and support they need are necessary for children to live in safe and healthy homes. The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion on addressing lead exposure in low-income communities with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, as well as a panel of experts who will discuss best practices for creating lead-free homes and provide insights on how leaders across sectors can work together to ensure that every child lives in an environment conducive to their success.
- Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
DC HealthCheck Training & Resource Center – DC HealthCheck provides access to resources and critical CME-accredited trainings for providers in DC who see children covered under Medicaid. The site is organized by broad topics including Current News, General Pediatric Resources, Medicaid/EPSDT Resources, and Family Resources. It includes comprehensive resources for mental health, oral health, cultural competency, immunizations and more. HealthCheck training will fulfill your obligations for all Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) with which you are paneled.
- EPSDT – A Guide for States: Coverage in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents – This guide provides an overview of the children’s benefit and summarizes CMS policy on screenings, diagnostic services and treatment services. It also covers permissible limitations, medical necessity, and access topics. The intent of this guide is to bring together in one place for easy reference current CMS policy on EPSDT.
- Keep Kids Smiling: Promoting Oral Health Through the Medicaid Benefit for Children & Adolescents – This guide explains the dental and oral health dimensions of the EPSDT benefit, and explores a variety of specific ways states can, and have, improved their delivery of dental and oral health services to enrolled children.
- Paving the Road to Good Health: Strategies for Increasing Medicaid Adolescent Well-Care Visits – This guide shares a collection of approaches states can use to better engage adolescents in staying healthy and getting regular check-ups.
Medical Home Implementation
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved Web site, www.medicalhomeinfo.org.
The Web site provides pediatric medical home information, tools, and resources for practices and clinicians, specifically pediatricians. Visit the Web site to learn about the following:
- Education and training opportunities
- Tools and resources for pediatric medical home implementation
- Evidence supporting the pediatric medical home model
- Information about pediatric medical home initiatives in 50 states and the District of Columbia
- Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit Overview & Primer for Pediatric Primary Care ProvidersThe DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (the Collaborative) is a local public-private partnership dedicated to improving the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia.
The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care created the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide for use by pediatric primary care providers in the Washington, DC area. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for children and adolescents in the District of Columbia.
In updated recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers practical steps families can take to help children maintain a healthy weight.
The advice comes as part of an AAP clinical report published in the July 2015 issue of Pediatrics. The report, “The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity,” (published online June 29), offers guidance to pediatricians and families on how to include healthy habits into daily life, including a well-balanced diet, increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviors. The report and related policy statements, clinical reports and technical reports can be found below.
Clinical Report: The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity
- News release
- News Video with Dr. Sandra Hassink, AAP president
- Information for parents from HealthyChildren.org on healthy active living
- AAP News: “AAP report emphasizes importance of pediatricians in preventing obesity“
- Video interview with Dr. Hassink: Counseling parents on obesity prevention
- AAP News Parent Plus: “Small changes can reduce risk of obesity“
- Talking points
Policy Statement: The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages
Technical Report: Telemedicine Pediatric Applications
- Oral Health Toolkit
DC HealthCheck’s oral health toolkit which provides information on how PCP’s can incorporate and bill Medicaid for oral health assessments & fluoride varnish treatment for children ages 0-3.
Parents & Families
Up-to-the-minute Pediatric Health Information Specially Customized for Parents and Families
Poverty and Hunger
- Food Bank Network – Comprehensive database powered by the Capital Area Food Bank providing resource referrals by zip code to social services, including food, housing, transit, health, money, childcare, education, work and legal.
School-Based Health Alliance
- The 2013-14 Census of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) report in a digital format for the first time ever! Inside, you’ll find information about the growth of SBHCs nationwide and how they provide access to a variety of comprehensive health services, including adolescent-centered care. Local stories accompany the national data to help illustrate the impact SBHCs have in communities across the country.
- The Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool is a one-of-a-kind resource that allows users to harness the power of geographic information systems (GIS) technology for data-driven decision-making. The tool includes data from the 2013-14 Census of SBHCs, along with health, education, and demographic indicators from multiple sources. The multiple data sets allow the tool to be used for broader applications beyond school-based health care. Users can analyze community child and adolescent health, identify areas of need to target with new services, examine SBHC and public school characteristics, locate local partners for collaboration, raise awareness to policymakers, and fundraise.
Please reach out to the SBHA communications staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a project to increase awareness of sleep illness and the importance of sufficient sleep. The long-term goal of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is to promote widespread and measureable public behavior changes leading to improved sleep health. The AASM and CDC both recognize that untreated sleep illness and chronic sleep loss have a cumulative impact on nearly every key public health indicator, increasing the risk of physical and mental health problems, mortality, accidents, injuries and disability.
As a part of this project, a workgroup of sleep medicine specialists and fellows, have put together articles on a variety of topics targeting several different groups including pediatric providers, related to the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with sleep related issues. One of the article, Pediatric Populations at High Risk for Sleep Apnea, can be found at the following link.
Transitioning to Adult Care
Includes an interactive health provider section, FAQs developed by and for youth/young adults and families, information for researchers and policymakers, and lists of transition resources.