Register for FCAAP’s Infection Prevention and Control Virtual Conference July 17, 2021

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is hosting an Infection Prevention and Control virtual conference on Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 10:00am ET (9:00am CT) – 3:30pm ET (2:30pm CT). The five and half hour event will consist 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

Who should participate:

  • Current public health practitioners
  • Future public health leaders
  • Providers who want to improve the quality of care for patients through CDC strategies and/or access to resources

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. The full agenda & accreditation information is available at Direct questions/comments to 850-224-3939 or

Registration is FREE!

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). 

FCAAP Appoints New Officers to Board of Directors


Tallahassee, FL (June 10, 2021) – Following a recent vacancy in the Vice President position, The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) has appointed two new Officers to its Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2021.

“On behalf of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I’m thrilled to announce that Dr. Thresia Gambon has accepted the nomination to move up to Vice President and Dr. Juan Felipe Rico has accepted the nomination to move up to Treasurer. I thank them both for agreeing to serve and look forward to working with them in their new roles,” said FCAAP President Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, MSPH, FAAP.

Thresia Gambon, MD, FAAP
Miami, FL

Thresia Gambon, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP will vacate the Treasurer role and serve as Vice President for the remainder of the 2020-2022 term. She will also assume the role of Chair of the Chapter’s Legislative Committee for the remainder of the 2021 term.






Juan Felipe Rico, MD
Tampa, FL

Juan Felipe Rico, MD, FAAP will vacate the Region 3 Representative role to replace Dr. Gambon as Treasurer for the remainder of the 2020-2022 term. The Region 3 Representative position will remain vacant as the position is up for election this summer.





The moves are a result of Vice President and Legislative Committee Chair Toni Richards-Rowley, MD, FAAP relocating to Philadelphia to pursue a position with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Dr. Richards-Rowley was a tremendous asset to the Chapter and a fantastic advocate for Florida’s kids. We thank her for her tireless efforts and wish her all the best in her new endeavor,” concluded Dr. Gwynn.


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


Melanie Range
Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Call for Nominations – FCAAP 2021-2023 Board of Directors

Each year, leadership positions on the Chapter’s Board of Directors open for nomination and election. The following positions are open for nomination this year:

  • Region 1 Representative
  • Region 3 Representative
  • Region 5 Representative
  • Pediatric Subspecialist At Large Representative

The participation of members in selecting the leaders and representatives of FCAAP is critical! Please take several minutes to thoughtfully consider and nominate members to serve in these leadership roles within FCAAP.

The nomination form includes a description of each open position, including the qualifications and responsibilities for each position as set forth in the Chapter’s Bylaws.

All nominations must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important part of the Chapter!


The Florida Pediatrician, Mental Health Supplement – May 2021


The Florida Pediatrician is a peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the Editorial Board of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal includes scientific articles, case reports, legislative updates, and other information relevant to pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric allied health practitioners in Florida.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2021  Mental Health Supplement edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available. Access the full edition here.




This edition includes:

Foreword to the Mental Health Supplement for the Florida Pediatrician

Screening the Adolescent for Mental Health Disorders

Adolescent Substance Use

Pandemic Blues: Identifying and Treating Adolescent Depression in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Pediatrics

ADHD: An Overview for Pediatric Primary Care

Navigating Learning Problems in Children: A Closer Look at Intellectual Disability (ID) and Specific Learning Disorder (SLD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Clinical Perspective

Please enjoy the May 2021 Mental Health Supplement edition of The Florida Pediatrician! Use the full screen presentation/reader mode for optimal viewing.

Download a printer-friendly version here.

View past editions of The Florida Pediatrician here.


FDA Updates EUA for Phizer COVID-19 Vaccine: Undiluted Vials Can Be Refrigerated One Month

On May 20, 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized storage of Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine at standard freezer temperatures for up to one month, in an effort to make the vaccine more widely available.

Unopened, thawed vials of the vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for up to a month, up from a previous maximum limit of five days. Click here to read the full story from

Click here to review the full EUA amendment.

Click here to access the Fact Sheet.

May 20 Webinar: Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccinator 

With the recent authorization of COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 years of age and older, pediatricians are well-positioned to participate in the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in their communities. To help pediatricians and their teams prepare, the AAP will hold a practical “how to” presentation and interactive Q&A session on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8pm ET/7 pm CT featuring members who have implemented COVID-19 vaccination in their practice and community. Register here and learn more about becoming effective COVID-19 vaccinators.




FCAAP E-Cigarette Task Force presents Escape the Vape: E-Cigarettes 101 webinar

Youth e-cigarette use is on the rise, but pediatricians can play a key role in helping their patients quit vaping. Click here to view the special presentation “Escape the Vape: E-Cigarettes 101” from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ E-Cigarette Task Force on how you can help curb the epidemic.

Click here to download the Escape the Vape: E-Cigarettes 101 Toolkit. Supported by the AAP E-Cigarette Chapter Champion program and the FCAAP E-Cigarette Task Force, this collection of resources explains youth e-cigarette use trends, current regulations, and the pediatrician’s role in cessation and advocacy.


FCAAP Supports Continued Use of Masks in Schools

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2021
Tallahassee, FL


Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Continued Use of Masks in Schools

Statement by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

“Taking into account that children under 12 years of age are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, most children are still at risk for Coronavirus infection and transmitting the infection to others.  Considering the recent CDC masking recommendations for schools, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) supports the continued, universal use of masks and physical distancing in schools by all individuals including students, faculty and staff through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  We also recommend the continuation of testing protocols in schools to mitigate the spread of infection.”



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



Melanie Range
Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

CDC COCA Call: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2pm EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call on May 14th at 2pm EDT.

Topic: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group.

Click here to register.

There will be a web on-demand version of the call available after the live event.

FCAAP Receives 2020 AAP Outstanding Chapter Award

Congratulations, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Members! YOU did it! FCAAP has received the 2020 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Chapter Award in the Very Large Chapter Category! We’re so proud of your hard work and dedication to Florida’s kids, especially through the trying times of 2020. THANK YOU!

Some of FCAAP’s work during 2020 that helped the Chapter earn the Award included the COVID-19 Forum Series, the “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic” white paper, the #FCAAPWellness program for Chapter members, and the FCAAP Trainee Tips video series for trainee members. Full details can be found in FCAAP’s 2020 Annual Report. Thank you to all of our outstanding members, leaders, and partners that made these initiatives possible!

2020 AAP Special Achievement Awards

FCAAP is also very proud to honor the following Chapter leaders with 2020 AAP Special Achievement Awards to recognize their outstanding AAP work and Chapter achievements:

Immediate Past President David Paul Robinson, MD, FAAP for his unwavering leadership and support of Florida’s pediatricians through the many challenges of 2020, including the pelvic exam law and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice President Toni Richards-Rowley, MD, FAAP for her leadership of the Chapter’s legislative initiatives and the education of Florida’s private practice pediatricians.

Secretary Nicole Torres, MD, FAAP for her dedication to pediatric education, demonstrated through her creativity and persistence in leading The Future of Pediatric Practice conferences despite natural disasters and a pandemic.

The 2020 award nominations were reviewed by the AAP District Vice Chairpersons and approved by the AAP Executive Committee. Awardees were honored at a special District X virtual meeting on Thursday, May 6. Congratulations, and thank you for your dedication to FCAAP, AAP, and Florida’s kids!

SBIRT Procedure Codes Update

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Procedure Codes Update

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) announced this afternoon that Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SBIRT codes have been added to the Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedule and are retroactively effective to January 1, 2021 dates of service. The codes can be used once per day, as medically necessary. At this time, only physicians and physician extenders can render SBIRT services. This includes the following provider types:

  • 25 – M.D.
  • 26 – D.O.
  • 29 – PA
  • 30 – APRN

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

Procedure Codes

AHCA is working with stakeholders to develop an SBIRT training for all providers.  In the meantime, there is an SBIRT training for pediatric providers available online from the University of Florida:

MDs and DOs who watch the lecture and receive a passing grade on the five-question quiz will be issued a certificate of completion and receive CME credits. The University of Florida’s CME office will automatically upload the credit into CE Broker for MDs and DOs. PAs and APRNs will also receive the credit and certificate of completion if they have a passing score; however, they are required to self-report to CE Broker.

Please submit questions about the SBIRT codes to