FCAAP and Simply Healthcare Launch SimplyHealthyMinds.com

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Simply Healthcare and Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Launch SimplyHealthyMinds.com, Where Floridians Can Find Resources to Support Children’s Mental Health

One in Five Florida Kids Suffer Mental Health Conditions; Three in Five Experienced Stress During Previous Year

Miami, FL – Simply Healthcare, in partnership with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), launched today SimplyHealthyMinds.com, a toolkit of resources to help children, families, healthcare providers and others navigate mental health challenges facing children.

“At Simply Healthcare, we work to support the whole-health of Florida’s kids– physical, mental and emotional health,” said Holly Prince, President of Simply Healthcare Medicaid Plan. “It can be challenging to start a conversation about mental health or find programs that are available to support children in a particular part of the state. SimplyHealthyMinds.com brings all the trusted resources together in one place.”

“There are real consequences when children who need support don’t have access to it,” said Dr. Lisa Gwynn, President, Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. “That’s why we wanted to make it easy to find the resources available and help Floridians navigate the challenges of mental health struggles among children.”

The Simply Healthy Minds toolkit is available at a pivotal time, when children are returning to school, but still face the risk of COVID-19. In addition, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an opportunity for families to consider the devastating consequences that could result from mental health struggles left unaddressed. The Simply Healthy Minds toolkit provides resources to help kids, families, healthcare providers and others navigate mental health challenges facing kids.

  • The goals of SimplyHealthyMinds.com are to support children by breaking down barriers, increasing understanding of mental health and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and improving access to resources and care.

At SimplyHealthyMinds.com, users can find a variety of resources to support mental health in children, including:

  • Guidelines for parents to talk to teens;
  • Conversation starters for parents to talk with children;
  • Journal entry prompts to help children express their feelings in writing;
  • Access to local community assistance programs by searching zip codes; and
  • Suicide prevention hotline.

The resources are curated by Simply Healthcare in partnership with the FCAAP, a trusted organization for the health and well-being of children in Florida. The online toolkit is the result of a partnership between the two organizations to pursue initiatives toward their common mission of caring for children in Florida.

Both organizations recognize the growing need to support children struggling with mental health issues.

According to Jed Foundation Report: Fluent Family Wellbeing Study, 60% of parents report that children have experienced distress during the last year. Since COVID began, Florida experienced a 30% increase in Baker Acts – the action of committing an individual to a mental health treatment center – among kids ages 12 to 17.

In addition, the findings of the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health, a report issued in May by Simply Healthcare’s parent company, showed that while more people, including children, reported increased pandemic-related stress and anxiety last year, there was not a corresponding increase in diagnoses and treatment.

Mental health problems can affect many areas of children’s lives, including their happiness, physical health and academic performance.

Visit SimplyHealthyMinds.com to find the guidelines, best practices and local programs.

About Simply Healthcare

Simply Healthcare is a Managed Care Plan that offers plans in Florida for residents eligible for Medicaid, Medicare and Florida Healthy Kids benefits. To learn more, visit www.simplyhealthcareplans.com.

About FCAAP
Through its more than 2,500 members, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health & welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians & pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their healthcare. Learn more by visiting www.fcaap.org.

 

FCAAP Supporting Pediatric Healthcare Providers to Increase Vaccination Uptake

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has funded FCAAP to participate in the Supporting Pediatric Healthcare Providers to Increase Vaccination Uptake project. FCAAP is hosting a focus group aimed to identify (1) the needs of pediatric healthcare clinicians related to increasing routine vaccination in children and adolescents to inform the development of strategies, action plans, and/or resources to meet these needs, (2) anticipated COVID-19 vaccination support needs and (3) identify potential barriers that practices face to fully vaccinate or re-vaccinate children, including those with chronic conditions and those within high-risk populations.  Focus Group participants will receive an incentive for participation.

Who should participate:

Practices providing primary care who:

  • Want to improve the quality of care for patients by developing strategies, action plans, and/or access to vaccination resources.
  • Anticipate COVID-19 vaccination support needs.
  • Provide primary care to patients with chronic medical conditions and high-risk immunocompromised pediatric populations.
  • Are interested in learning more about vaccinating or re-vaccinating children with chronic conditions and those within high-risk populations.

Focus Group Registration Available Here.

Contact Tracy Sumpter, FCAAP Grant Coordinator, at tsumpter@fcaap.org for any questions.

Join the Fall 2021 #FCAAPwellness Series

#FCAAPwellness

a pediatric provider wellness series
exclusively for FCAAP members

Purpose:             To provide activities and resources to support the all-around wellness of FCAAP members, including physical fitness, nutrition, mental wellness, mindfulness, and self-care.

Details:               The #FCAAPwellness series is free to all FCAAP members and will include at least one live activity or discussion each week, at least one email with resources and tips each week, and weekly raffle drawings for participants. For extra entries into the drawings, get connected with the series on social media by following FCAAP on Twitter (@FloridaAAP), Facebook (@FloridaChapterofAAP), Instagram (@floridaaap), and LinkedIn (@floridaaap) and use the series hashtag #FCAAPwellness. *A social media account is not required to participate in the series!

Schedule:

  • Week One – Physical Fitness
    Join your colleagues virtually or in-person for a one-mile Fun Run Challenge in the FCAAP Club in Strava during The Future of Pediatric Practice 2021! For full details and to participate in the Challenge, join Strava for free, join the FCAAP Club at: strava.com/clubs/FCAAP, then join the challenge. All fitness levels and types are welcome!

    • September 3-5, 2021
  • Week Two – Mental Wellness
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a discussion on mental wellness, led by Dr. John Morrison.

    • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:30pm ET.
  • Week Three – Mindfulness Activity
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a live 30-minute herb container garden demonstration, led by Wendy Wilber from University of Florida IFAS Extension.

    • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:30pm ET.
  • Week Four – Nutrition
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a plant-based meal cooking demonstration and nutrition discussion, led by Dr. Debora Duro.

    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 6:30pm ET.

Login to the FCAAP Member Only website to access the Zoom link for each session and to request a calendar invitation for the series. The #FCAAPwellness series is provided exclusively to FCAAP members. Ensure your membership is current and your email is up to date by contacting Anayra Barreras Pena at abarreras@fcaap.org.

“Self-care is not a waste of time.
Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
– Jackie Viramontez

Guidance for Monoclonal Antibody Use in Children with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure

Guidance for Monoclonal Antibody Use in Children with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure
Provided by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Emerging Infections Task Force

Tallahassee, FL (August 24, 2021) – The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Emerging Infections Task Force, issued the following guidance on monoclonal antibody (mAb) use in children with SARS-CoV-2 infection or exposure.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for several monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for the treatment of mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in individuals 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg who are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus using viral testing methods, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Initial data shows that mAbs reduce risk of hospitalization and death if given prior to 10 days after onset of symptoms. Patients to be considered for the infusion should not be already hospitalized or receiving increased oxygen support. The following mAb treatments are available:

  • Combination of Casirivimab and imdevimab at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
  • Combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.
  • Sotrovimab at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.

In addition, the FDA has issued an EUA for use of casirivimab and imdevimab combination in individuals 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg for post-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in those who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, such as those:

  • Not fully vaccinated.
  • Not expected to mount an adequate immune response to complete vaccination.
  • Exposed to an individual with COVID-19 consistent with close contact criteria per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • At high risk of exposure to an individual infected with COVID-19 because of occurrence of COVID-19 infection in other individuals in the same institutional setting.

The most serious risk associated with administration of these medications is anaphylaxis. Most frequently identified side effects include fatigue and headache. All families and patients receiving these medications should be counseled prior to administration and with close follow up for 1-2 weeks after administration. These treatments have not been well studied in children because of the limited number of children that were included in the studies. It is expected that children should have similar side effects as adults.  Families should discuss with their physician the individual risks vs, benefits for their child.

The majority of children infected with SARS-CoV-2 are not at high risk for hospitalization and death; however, children who meet certain criteria or those with underlying medical conditions are considered high risk for complications, hospitalization, and death.  Immunocompromised and obese children are at high risk and should be considered to receive a mAb treatment. Children with other underlying conditions, such as diabetes, congenital heart disease, asthma, sickle cell disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and other medically complex conditions should also be considered after discussion of risks and benefits of treatment with the family and patient.

About the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Through its more than 2,500 members, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health & welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians & pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their healthcare. Learn more by visiting www.fcaap.org.

For more information:
Jamie Fortune, PR Counsel
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
jamief@themooreagency.com or 850-284-5972

Participate in the Fall 2021 #FCAAPwellness Fun Run During FPP2021!

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will be kicking off the Fall 2021 edition of its popular #FCAAPwellness series this September with a one-mile Fun Run Challenge in the FCAAP Club in Strava during The Future of Pediatric Practice 2021 September 3-5! Whether you’re attending the conference virtually or in-person, the steps are simple: run, walk, or bike one mile either around Crescent Lake at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort or on the route of your choosing at home, take a selfie when you complete your mile, and post your activity containing your selfie photo to the group challenge. The best finishing picture wins a FREE pair of shoes from our member benefit partner Clove!

For full details and to access the Challenge, join Strava for free and then join the FCAAP club at: strava.com/clubs/FCAAP. All fitness levels and types are welcome!

Need to register for FPP2021? Virtual tickets are still available!

Watch for details on additional sessions in the Fall 2021 #FCAAPwellness series in the upcoming September issue of the FCAAP News!

2021-2023 FCAAP BOD Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the election for the 2021-2023 FCAAP Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the newly elected Board members below who will serve as Chapter Representatives in Regions 1, 3, 5 and Subspecialist at Large. Newly-elected Representatives will be inducted to the Board on Sunday, September 5, 2021, during The Future of Pediatric Practice 2021! Virtual tickets for the event are still available here.

Thank you to our outgoing Representatives for their service to FCAAP and continued efforts on behalf of Florida’s children.

Region 1 Representative – Jamee Walters, MD, FAAP

Dr. Walters graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Walters is currently the Associate Program Director for the University of Florida at Orlando Health pediatric residency program and a pediatric hospitalist at Orlando Health where she has been since 2015. As Associate Program Director, she has focused on the residency quality improvement curriculum, the Pediatric Education Committee, and the advocacy curriculum. Dr. Walters holds clinical faculty appointments at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, and Florida State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Walters has been a member of the FCAAP since 2016. She is currently on the Gun Violence Prevention Task force in which she has been working in collaboration with community gun violence organizations to bring gun safety education to residency programs. She is a co-chair for the new Central Florida Pediatric Advocacy Coalition. This group developed after collaboration with other FCAAP members at the AAP Advocacy Conference in 2021.  She along with her co-chairs have developed residency legislative advocacy education and are working on larger scale state advocacy efforts. Dr. Walters is also a media representative for Orlando Health, discussing child health issues with various news organizations.

Dr. Walters wants to be the FCAAP Region 1 Representative to become more involved with the organization and to support the chapter’s state child advocacy efforts. She plans to continue advocating for child health issues including, but not limited to, gun violence prevention measures, inclusive care for the LGBTQ community, improved to mental health resources, and improved vaccination rates and access. Finally, she looks forward to finding ways to encourage pediatric residents to become involved in the FCAAP state advocacy efforts.

Region 3 Representative – Jennifer Takagishi, MD

Jennifer Takagishi, MD is a General Academic Pediatrician in Tampa, Florida and division chief at the University of South Florida and holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics. She graduated from Wellesley College and Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Duke. She then worked for four years at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn before moving to Tampa in 2000.  Since arrival, Dr. Takagishi has been the medical director of a busy teaching practice serving predominantly low income, minority families and directs the site’s Reach Out and Read program. In addition, she is the Title V medical director for the Tampa Bay region as well as the Statewide and Hillsborough County medical director for both the Children’s Multidisciplinary Assessment Team and Medical Foster Care programs. All these programs serve some of the most vulnerable children in the state and highlight the multidisciplinary team approach that she believes is vital to caring for children and families.

Dr. Takagishi has been a member of the AAP since residency, served on the AAP Executive Committee of the Council on Early Childhood from 2012-2020, and has written or reviewed multiple policies and reports. She also volunteers as Florida’s Early Childhood Champion, spreading the word about needed care for children in their most formative years. Dr. Takagishi is also serving on the planning committee for the upcoming Trauma Informed Pediatric Practice course in Orlando. Dr. Takagishi has represented Children’s Medical Services as part of the Medicaid committee with the chapter for several years, fighting for improved reimbursement for pediatric generalists and specialists caring for children with complex needs.

Dr. Takagishi plans to work for improved reimbursement for primary and specialty care, as well as for additional payment for services needed to lessen the effects from Social Determinants of Health such as poverty and racism. Working in tandem with other specialists and beginning from the earliest moments of children’s lives are paramount to improving the health of our children and families and enhancing the medical care pediatric providers give to the children who entrust us with their futures.

Region 5 Representative – Robin Straus Furlong, MD, FAAP

I am the current Region 5 representative to the FCAAP Board of Directors as well as the Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. After graduating from UM-Miller School of Medicine, I completed my residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and then a Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at LAC-USC Medical Center. When I returned to Miami in 1987, I worked in the Pediatric Emergency room at JMH before going into private practice with ABC Pediatrics for 12 years. When this practice disbanded in 2000, I began my own private practice, Beachside Pediatrics, with Sandy Lieberman, M.D. in Bay Harbor Islands. Over the past 12 years I have also served as a preceptor to several UM-JMH pediatric residents in my office and as a part-time attending in the outpatient clinic at UM-JMH Ambulatory Care Clinic.

I have found my time as an active member of the FCAAP incredibly rewarding and only regret that I did not become an active member sooner.  Besides serving on the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the GVPTF, I have served on the Legislative, Advocacy and Membership committees, and was honored to receive an AAP 2020 Special Achievement Award. I am amazed by the dedication of those on the Board and the various committees to improving the lives of the children of Florida and feel fortunate to have been an active part of this organization for the past several years. This organization has done so much to advocate for legislation that benefits Florida’s children and I have been thrilled to have contributed to these important issues through my participation. I am hopeful that through our work we will be able to advance some meaningful gun violence prevention legislation such as tightening the Safe Storage laws, universal background checks and banning assault weapons/high-capacity magazines. I look forward to continuing my involvement in this organization, whether on committees or as a continuing member of the Board of Directors.

Pediatric Subspecialist At Large Representative – John Morrison MD, PhD

Dr. Morrison is currently the co-chair of the FCAAP Early Career Physicians. He graduated with an MD and PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Afterwards, he completed his residency and fellowship training in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) in St. Petersburg, FL. He currently practices as a pediatric hospitalist at JHACH and has an active clinical and translational research program that focuses on children with tracheostomy and other medical complexities, hospital readmissions, and predictive modeling. In addition to his own academic career, Dr. Morrison is the Director of the Center for Clinical/Translational Research Training, Education, Engagement, and Mentorship and serves as the Scholarship Rotation Director for JHACH Pediatric Residency Program. Enjoys serving as a research mentor for residents with the JHACH and University of South Florida Pediatric Residency Programs. Dr. Morrison is also a husband, father of three children, and avid fan of Florida’s beaches.

Dr. Morrison has been involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the FCAAP since early in his residency training. Initially, he served as the District X Program Delegate, where he co-authored several resolutions and initiated a week-long advocacy event at his home institution. He was subsequently elected by his peers to the position of District X District Coordinator, where he organized regional advocacy efforts of pediatric trainees. In 2018, Dr. Morrison was selected as the Subspecialty Fellowship Trainee Delegate for Hospital Medicine to the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees. In 2019, Dr. Morrison was appointed to his current position as co-chair of the FCAAP Early Career Physician committee. In this role, he has worked with his co-chair and committee colleagues to assess the needs of early career physicians, co-developed an informational resource addressing these needs, and served as the early career physician representative to the FCAAP Legislative Subcommittee. As the Pediatrician Subspecialist At Large Representative, Dr. Morrison will advocate for improved access to mental health resources, universal screening for unmet social needs in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, and COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible children.

New AAP Interim Guidance on RSV Amid Unusual Rise in Cases

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS ISSUES NEW INTERIM GUIDANCE ON RSV AMID UNUSUAL RISE IN CASES

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published new interim guidance on the treatment of serious lower respiratory tract infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The guidance found here comes in response to an uncharacteristic rise in cases over the spring and summer. These respiratory tract infections typically are seen in fall and winter, peaking in February and occurring in infants younger than 6 months who can develop severe diseases such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia. The AAP recommends consideration of the use of palivizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the fusion protein of RSV, in infants at increased risk of severe disease. The risk categories have not changed from those that are already described in an AAP policy statement on RSV. The new guidance changes the timing of administration of the treatment, palivizumab due to the change in seasonality of RSV this year. RSV infections had decreased rapidly and dramatically after March 2020 when safety precautions were put into place to prevent COVID-19, including face masks and physical distancing. The cases begin rising in some regions of the United States in spring 2021 after some of those safety protocols were relaxed. RSV activity is on the rise, with corresponding increases in emergency department visits and hospitalizations of infants and children. The AAP supports palivizumab administration to eligible infants during this atypical interseason and will reassess its interim guidance at least monthly.

Other resources:

AAP Policy Statement: Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection | American Academy of Pediatrics (aappublications.org)

AAP Technical Report: Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection | American Academy of Pediatrics (aappublications.org)

HealthyChildren.org: RSV: When It’s More Than Just a Cold – HealthyChildren.org

Reminder: FCAAP Board of Directors Elections Close August 10

Each year, leadership positions on the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Board of Directors open for election. This year, the Regional Representative positions for Regions 1, 3, 5 and Subspecialist At Large are open for the 2021-2023 term. The participation of Chapter members in selecting the leaders and representatives of FCAAP is critical! Electronic ballots were sent to all voting members of FCAAP in these regions on July 13, 2021 and must be received by FCAAP by Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Please be sure to submit your vote for these Board positions for the 2021-2023 term!

Simply Healthcare Partners with FCAAP to Help Ready Students’ Minds and Bodies for Upcoming School Year

Simply Healthcare Partners with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to Help Ready Students’ Minds and Bodies for Upcoming School Year
With Three in Five Florida Children Experiencing Distress Due to COVID – Florida Families Are in Need of Resources to Support Mental Health

Miami, FL (July 29, 2021)– Simply Healthcare and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), two powerhouses when it comes to child health and well-being in Florida, announced today a partnership to support mental health in children as families prepare to start a new school year.

“Good health is more than just a healthy body, it’s also a healthy mind,” said Holly Prince, President of Simply Healthcare Medicaid Plan. “We recognize that Florida’s kids have faced unprecedented challenges and changes over the last year, and we want to help them achieve and maintain good health. We’re proud to partner with the FCAAP, a household name when it comes to trusted resources and information about children in Florida. Through this partnership, we’re going to produce resources and information that help families, providers, schools and other organizations effectively care for Florida’s children, so they can learn and grow to be Florida’s future leaders.”

“Children who struggle with mental health concerns can struggle in school, in sports and in friendships. Worse, their challenges could lead to long-term disabilities or death,” said Dr. Lisa Gwynn, President, Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. “It’s critically important for all of us to support children through challenging times. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Simply Healthcare toward our common mission of achieving and maintaining good health among Florida’s children.”

The need for resources and support for children struggling with mental health has never been greater. According to Jed Foundation Report: Fluent Family Wellbeing Study, 60% of parents report that children have experienced distress during the last year. Since COVID began, Florida experienced a 30% increase in Baker Acts – the action of committing an individual to a mental health treatment center – among ages 12 to 17.

In addition, the findings of the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health, a report issued in May by Simply Healthcare’s parent company, showed that while more people, including children, reported increased pandemic-related stress and anxiety last year, there was not a corresponding increase in diagnoses and treatment. This indicates that children may not be getting the help they need.

Mental health problems can affect many areas of children’s lives, including their happiness, physical health and academic performance. Simply Healthcare, in partnership with the FCAAP, is responding to the need by developing and providing resources that can help children, families, schools and providers discuss and treat mental health issues.

As a first step, the two organizations are working together to pool and curate resources to support children, families, providers, schools and other organizations to support children’s mental health. The resources will be available via an online toolkit.

“For someone in search of answers and support, there are many resources out there. In developing this toolkit, it was our goal to create a library of resources and contacts that anyone in need could trust,” said Prince. “The backing of the FCAAP tells parents, providers and others that these resources have been carefully evaluated and are safe and effective.”

Resources through the toolkit will:

  • Support children through challenges, COVID-related or other;
  • Break down barriers to understanding mental health in children;
  • Counter the stigma tied to talking about and treating children’s mental health challenges; and
  • Improve access to resources and care.

The toolkit will be available soon, but it’s not the only resource in development. Florida families can expect to see more information and resources from Simply and FCAAP as a result of this partnership.

About Simply Healthcare

Simply Healthcare is a Managed Care Plan that offers plans in Florida for residents eligible for Medicaid, Medicare and Florida Healthy Kids benefits. To learn more, visit www.simplyhealthcareplans.com.

About FCAAP
Through its more than 2,500 members, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health & welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians & pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their healthcare. Learn more by visiting www.fcaap.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: AMANDA BEVIS
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Infection Prevention and Control – Enduring Credits!

FCAAP’s Infection Prevention and Control Virtual Conference
Now On-Demand with Enduring Credits!

Enduring CME credits are now available for FCAAP’s Infection Prevention and Control Virtual Conference. The five and half hour event consists of four learning sessions using the CDC Project Firstline curriculum materials. Project Firstline aims to provide foundational and practical knowledge to all healthcare personnel and targeted components of the public health workforce.

Presentations Include:

  • Recognizing Risk in Daily Work – Speaker: Tommy Schechtman, MD, MSPH, FAAP
  • Risk Recognition and Communication – Speaker: Mobeen Rathore, MD, FAAP
  • Vaccinations During COVID and Injection Safety – Speaker: Claudia Espinosa, MD, MSc
  • New Ways to Sanitize Your Practice – Speakers:  Walter Lamar, Ph.D., CPSO, CHSP, MLSO, MBCP, CEDP and Dr. Bhvarth Shukla, MD

Benefits of participating:

  • Understand how to recognize the risk of infection transmission among health care personnel and ways to mitigate the risk of infection transmission among the health care community.
  • Understand infection control strategies for vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Understand Facility Guidelines for Clinical Practice and how to How to assess your clinic or facility.

Continuing Education Credit:
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Successful completion of this CME activity, with individual assessments and feedback, enables participants to earn 4.25 points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ Maintenance of Certification program. This activity is designated for 4.25 ANCC Contact Hours and 4.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. To access the course, click here.

Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel.  American Academy of Pediatrics is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).