FCAAP Names 2021 Chapter Award Winners

FCAAP NAMES 2021 CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS

Tallahassee, FL (July 6, 2021) – Through the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) has named the 2021 recipients of its two prestigious Chapter awards.

“The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is proud to honor Dr. Judith Schaechter with the Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, RN, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award and honor Dr. Mark Bleiweis with the Phillip O. Lichtblau, MD, Award,” said FCAAP President Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, MSPH, FAAP. “Dr. Schaechter and Dr. Bleiweis have led exceptional careers in pediatrics, and it is a privilege to honor their work with the Chapter’s highest recognitions. We thank them both for their dedication to Florida’s children and families.”

The Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, RN, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award is given annually to a physician who has worked beyond the profession, educated local and state legislators, and diligently advocated to improve the health and welfare of Florida’s children.

Judith Schaechter, MD, MBA, FAAP

Judith Schaechter, MD, MBA, FAAP has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the FCAAP Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, RN, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award. Dr. Schaechter is a former member of FCAAP’s Board of Directors and is currently a Health Policy Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Washington, DC, where she works with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She is a practicing general pediatrician, educator, child health leader, and policy analyst, and will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Board of Pediatrics, beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

 

 

The Philip O. Lichtblau, MD, Award is given annually to a pediatric surgeon or pediatric surgical specialist who has contributed significantly either regionally or statewide to the Children’s Medical Services Program.

Mark Steven Bleiweis, MD

Mark Steven Bleiweis, MD has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the FCAAP Philip O. Lichtblau, MD, Award. Dr. Bleiweis currently serves in multiple leadership roles at University of Florida, including Director of the Congenital Heart Center, The William G. Lassiter Jr. and Aneice R. Lassiter Professorship, and Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital; and Surgical Director at the Adult Heart Transplantation Program.

“It’s an honor to accept this award in the name of a physician whose legacy is a reflection of not only his medical acumen, but the kindness and respect he showed to his patients, families, and fellow health care providers,” said Dr. Bleiweis. I could not have done it without the help of our incredible team, which US News and World Reports named Florida’s No. 1 pediatric hospital this year. On this 15th anniversary of the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, our children’s hospital’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program reached an all-time high ranking at No. 7, and I look forward to the milestones to come.”

Both awards will be presented to the winners as part of the Chapter’s award ceremony during FCAAP’s annual conference, The Future of Pediatric Practice 2021, set for September 3-5 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The full agenda and event details can be found at bit.ly/FPP2021-Home.

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.

About FPF
The Florida Pediatric Foundation, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP). Through the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), FCAAP supports state-wide and community health care programs that benefit children, adolescents, and young adults. FPF supports quality improvement projects designed to improve pediatric healthcare in the state. Learn more by visiting www.fcaap.org/foundation.

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CONTACT:

Melanie Range
Director of Communications & Events
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
mrange@fcaap.org
850-224-3939

New Child Tax Credit Resources

The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit, so families can qualify for more money and can receive payments monthly, rather than having to wait until the end of the year. Eligible families will receive $3,600 per child younger than 6 and $3,000 per child ages 6 to 17. Payments will start to automatically arrive on July 15 for most families, but some families may need to take action to receive the benefit. Pediatricians can play an important role in making sure families know about this credit.

Check out these new resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics!

  • A handout, available in English and Spanish, for pediatricians to share with parents and families, which explains the credit, who is eligible and what next steps parents need to take, if any.
  • HealthyChildren.org webpages in English and Spanish.

AAP Early Career Physicians Awards—Nominations Due August 1

Do you know someone who has been an incredible mentor to those early in their career? Is your practice engaged in noteworthy quality improvement projects that are worth celebrating? Are you on a team that is leading community initiatives that improve child health? We want to hear about these great things!

The AAP Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) is launching a new set of awards to showcase the incredible work of our members and those who work with us! Click on the links below for more information about each award and to apply.

·       Advancement in Research Award
·       Excellence in Education Award
·       Leadership in Advocacy Award

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Details: Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. One individual person or entity is awarded each of the above awards each year. The award recipient will be honored during an SOECP Networking and Awards Reception in 2021. The award provides full general registration for the 2021 AAP National Conference and Exhibition and a $1,000 honorarium.

Eligibility: Nominees are not required to be members of the Section on Early Career Physicians; however, preference is given to Section members. View the application details at the links above for further eligibility requirements.

Questions: Contact Britt Nagy

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 https://bit.ly/FCAAP-Infection-Prevention-CME. Direct questions/comments to 850-224-3939 or info@fcaap.org.

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

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.

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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CONTACT:
Melanie Range
Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
mrange@fcaap.org
850-224-3939

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!

NOMINATION FORM

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 Inquirer.net.

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.”

 

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.

 

CONTACT:

Melanie Range
Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
mrange@fcaap.org
850-224-3939