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Spring Symposium on Toxic Stress Draws Over 100 Attendees


DC AAP welcomed over 100 attendees at the DC AAP Annual Spring Dinner and CME Symposium at Maggiano’s on April 14th. The evening was generously sponsored by The Bainum Family Foundation and The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. The topic of the night was Understanding and Addressing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Members from ChildrensHealth & NCCPeds: by Shannon Brockman

Members from ChildrensHealth & NCCPeds: by Shannon Brockman

Over 80 chapter members were joined by  other allied health providers, federal and local government agency staff, MCO officials, funders, business leaders and community advocates, who were treated to interesting and informative presentations, a delicious meal and an opportunity to network with colleagues. The evening began with a viewing of Wounded Places, Episode 4 of the documentary series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation.  Presenters included experts in the field of epigenetics, early brain and child development, community and behavioral pediatrics, and federal and state policy:

  • David W. Willis, MD, FAAP, Current Director of the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the Health Resources and Services Administration, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services gave a talk entitled The Science, the Opportunity and Breakthrough Strategies for Health and Early Childhood Systems Integration.
  • Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, a Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine presented on Redefining Pediatric Care:  Innovative Community Partnerships in Trauma-Informed Care. Dr. Boynton-Jarrett is also the Founding Director of Vital Village Community Engagement Network.
Dr. Renee Boynton Jarrett and panelists: by Kim Keymer

Dr. Renee Boynton Jarrett and panelists: by Kim Keymer

Following the presentations, Dr. Lee Beers, Past President of DC AAP; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health; Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children’s National Health System facilitated a panel discussion about early childhood systems and resources in DC.  The presenters were joined on the panel by:

  • Matthew Biel MD, M.Sc. Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, who spoke about a new collaboration between Children’s National Health System and Georgetown University Hospital to create the DC Early Childhood Innovation Network.
  • BB Otero, former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, District of Columbia; President, Otero Strategy Group, who spoke about the work of the Bainum Family Foundation’s Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance.

DC AAP was also happy to invite child psychologists and psychiatrists to share the great work that DC MAP (Mental Health Access in Pediatrics) does to improve mental health integration within pediatric primary care. DC MAP makes a mental health consultation team available by telephone to assist primary care physicians with managing patients’ mental health needs.

ACEs infographic and attendee packet: by Shannon-Brockman

ACEs infographic and attendee packet: by Shannon-Brockman

Overall it was an informative evening, one that DC AAP was excited to offer CME credits for, for the first time!  For attendees who would like to claim 2.5 CME credits for attending DC AAP’s symposium, please remember to record your credits in the official AAP Transcript System within 1 year of the CME activity.  A handout with instructions for recoding CME credits was included in your registration packet.  If you have any questions regarding recording CME credits, please contact Kim Keymer at kim.keymer@aapdc.org.

DC AAP looks forward to continuing to work with our chapter members as well as policymakers and other key stakeholders to support the development of an effective early learning system for infants and toddlers in the District. Please e-mail Kim Keymer if you would like to join DC AAP’s listserv to learn about future programs, information and advocacy opportunities related to poverty, adverse childhood experiences, early learning and toxic stress.

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