#SupportFLkids this November!

Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3, and the last day to register to vote in Florida is Monday, October 5. Pediatricians are in a unique position to educate their patients and families about the importance of voting, and the resources available to do so. To help facilitate those conversations, FCAAP is offering resources from VotER, a non-profit, non-partisan voter registration effort. VotER engages health care professionals to provide their patients and families with non-interruptive ways to opt-in to register to vote or request their vote-from-home ballot.

The digital FCAAP-branded badge backer.

VotER has created a Healthy Democracy toolkit, which includes a variety of tools to help with this effort, including a lanyard and badge backer that allows patients to register to vote virtually. Below are several resources:

You can also consider adding free voting registration tools and Florida-specific Election Resources, Deadlines, Dates, Rules, and Links from Vote.org to your practice website.

We also encourage you to review and share AAP’s Election 2020: Vote Kids resource page to learn more about health equity and key child health issues, and find additional voting resources and social media messaging to help encourage your contacts to #supportFLkids and #VoteKids this November!

FCAAP Updates White Paper on Re-Opening School in Florida

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) today released updates to “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding School Reopening”, a white paper to assist Florida’s school superintendents as they reopen their school districts. This guidance is pursuant to FCAAP’s position that schools should be allowed to decide how and when to open on a case-by-case basis based on COVID-19 infection rates in each school district.

The following updates have been made to the paper since its original publication on July 28, 2020:

  • Updated recommendations concerning students with special needs wearing masks
  • Detailed recommendations regarding face mask types
  • Further recommendations regarding cohorting of students
  • Recommendation that children may be 3 feet distanced only if 6 feet distancing is not possible,
    masks are mandated, and there is adequate ventilation with outdoors being best
  • Recommendation that children who are technology dependent not attend school in person
  • Detailed recommendations regarding return to contact sports
  • Recommendations concerning classroom or school closure criteria
  • Recommendations regarding sharing of data about school infection rates
  • Updated national AAP guidelines for school reopening

Click here to view the updated white paper.

Introducing #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, 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. Get connected with the series on social media by following FCAAP on Twitter (@FloridaAAP) and Facebook (@FloridaChapterofAAP) and use the series hashtag #FCAAPwellness. *A social media account is not required to participate in the series!


  • Week One – Physical Fitness
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a live, virtual 60-minute fitness session for all fitness levels, led by a certified personal trainer. Join one or both sessions available!

    • Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 9:30am ET
    • Monday, August 31, 2020, at 6:00pm ET
  • Week Two – Nutrition
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a webinar and discussion on balanced nutrition for busy professionals.

    • Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 12:30-1:00pm ET
  • Week Three – Mental Health
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a webinar and discussion on balancing work, family, and self during a pandemic.

    • Details TBA
  • Week Four – Self-Care
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a webinar and discussion on practical ways to incorporate self-care into a busy schedule and the benefits of doing so.

    • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 12:30-1:00pm ET

Details will be sent via email to all FCAAP members each week including the link to the live sessions. Details will also be posted on the #FCAAPwellness page under Member Benefits on the FCAAP member-only website. Ensure your membership is current and your email is up-to-date by contacting Melanie Range at mrange@fcaap.org.

Not a member? Join today!

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

FCAAP Names Dr. Lisa Gwynn 2020-2022 President

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is proud to announce Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, FAAP, CPE has been voted President for the 2020-2022 term.

“I am so pleased for the opportunity to lead such a tremendous organization whose work has led to significant improvements in child health and has provided critical support to pediatricians throughout the state of Florida. I look forward to working with an amazing team whose steadfast dedication to advocating for kids is an inspiration to me,” said Dr. Gwynn.

Dr. Gwynn is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSOM) and serves as Medical Director for the Pediatric Mobile Clinic, a program that provides a medical home to uninsured children, as well as Program Director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative, a school-based health clinic program located in 9 schools in Miami-Dade County. She also serves as Associate Division Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at UMMSOM.

Dr. Gwynn currently serves as FCAAP’s Vice President, Chair of the Chapter’s School Health Task Force, and Chapter E-Cigarette Champion. Dr. Gwynn remains steadfast in serving her community, and is a passionate advocate for kids, especially those children who are most marginalized in our society.

“Dr. Gwynn is an amazing asset to the FCAAP. She is smart, insightful, and always willing to take on the next project. I am amazed at her organizational skills, positive attitude, and her calm in the face of any issue. She will be a fabulous president, and I look forward to working with her,” said current FCAAP President D. Paul Robinson, MD, FAAP.

“I would like to congratulate Dr. Lisa Gwynn and the Chapter for her election as the upcoming President of FCAAP. Dr. Gwynn brings to this position many of her skills and talents as a pediatrician who practiced in both private practice and in academics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I believe that Dr. Gwynn’s knowledge, skills, and sound judgment will ensure a strong and a visionary leadership of FCAAP’s future endeavors to serve our FCAAP members. That includes facing challenges in providing optimal care for our children and also looking for opportunities to continue the growth of our Chapter,” said FCAAP Nominating Committee Chair Madeline Joseph, MD, FACEP, FAAP.

Results for additional 2020-2022 offices are below. Newly elected board members will be inducted Saturday, September 5, 2020 during the awards ceremony at FCAAP’s annual meeting, The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020 Online. Their terms begin September 6, 2020. Following the inductions, Dr. Robinson will assume the office of Immediate Past President.

Vice President: Toni Richards-Rowley, MD, FAAP
Secretary: Nicole Torres, MD, FAAP
Treasurer: Thresia Gambon, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
Region 2 Representative: Ayesha Mirza, MD, FAAP, FPIDS
Region 4 Representative: Judith Aronson-Ramos, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician At Large Representative: Rachel Dawkins, MD, FAAP
Medical School Pediatric Department Chair Delegate: Mark Hudak, MD, FAAP

“As the FCAAP Nominating Committee Chair, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2020-2022 election. FCAAP is extremely fortunate to have a diverse, talented, and dedicated group of pediatricians to serve in these roles. Each one brings unique set of skills and perspectives that I believe will help the Chapter to continue to evolve to meet the many challenges that face pediatricians as they care for children in our state.” Dr. Joseph continued.

“We are very grateful that many committed members of FCAAP have stepped up to leadership roles in our Chapter even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That by itself is a testimony of the nominees’ commitment and dedication to serve on the FCAAP Board to support pediatricians and pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of pediatric healthcare,” Dr. Joseph concluded.

Additional information on all newly elected board members can be found here.

Click here to download a PDF of this announcement.


Through its more than 2,600 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 Releases White Paper on Re-Opening School in Florida

As Florida’s schools prepare to re-open this Fall, superintendents are weighing options for doing so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) today released “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding School Reopening”, a white paper to assist Florida’s school superintendents as they prepare their school districts to reopen. This guidance is pursuant to FCAAP’s recent letter to Governor DeSantis, outlining its position that schools should be allowed to decide how and when to open on a case-by-case basis based on COVID-19 infection rates in each school district.

COVID-19 positivity rates are currently extremely high in Florida with a rolling average of 12% of tests positive for new infections over the past two weeks. FCAAP recommends that school districts in locales with positive test rates averaging ≥5% over the previous two weeks delay the start date for school until positive testing rates are lower.

“Because infection rates vary so widely statewide, there is no universal plan that allows all of Florida’s school to re-open safely at the same time, and districts should tailor their plans accordingly. Ideally, each plan should be developed by each local school district in consultation with local pediatricians, family physicians, epidemiologists, and infectious disease specialists,” said Dr. D. Paul Robinson, FCAAP President.

In the white paper, FCAAP has highlighted key areas for consideration and offers guiding principles regarding:

·        Screening for Symptoms
·        Social Distancing in Classrooms
·        Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Sanitation Procedures
·        Considerations for Vulnerable Demographics
·        Role of School Nurses
·        School Sports
·        Returning to School After a Potential COVID-19 Exposure.

Recent studies referenced in the white paper show children do not become as ill as older age groups with COVID-19, and they do not spread the disease as efficiently as adults do. The data are relatively limited to make definite conclusions about these contentions. However, if children, as a group, do not become as ill as adults, it does not mean every child with COVID-19 does not become ill, and that they will not infect those entrusted to care for and educate them.

“FCAAP believes it is important for children to return to school to reap the benefits of face-to-face education and the provision of other school services, but the benefits must outweigh the medical risks to the children, teachers, school staff, and families. In many areas of the state, coronavirus prevalence will not decrease enough in the next 4-6 weeks to make the benefits of school attendance outweigh the risks,” Robinson concluded.

FCAAP remains available to give guidance to superintendents if they are interested.

FPP2020 Online – Connecting for Kids!

The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020 has moved online! Although we won’t be gathering in person this year, FCAAP has planned a fun, interactive, and educational virtual conference for all pediatric health care providers. Join us September 4 – 5, 2020, from the comfort of your home or office for engaging presentations, networking with colleagues, an interactive exhibit hall, games, and a little Disney magic. There is even a little something for the non-provider members of your family! The best part? FPP2020 Online is completely free to attend!

See the full agenda and register here.

Partner packages are available. Download the Partner Prospectus or visit the Partner Opportunities page on the event website.


The Florida Pediatrician, Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available! Click here to access this edition.

Featured articles include:

• Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum: Our Experience at the University of Florida, Jacksonville

• The Impact of a Medical-Legal Partnership in Pediatric Care in Jacksonville, Florida

• Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Purple Discoloration of Bilateral Hands in a 15-year-old Female


FCAAP Launching NEW Forum Series July 2

By popular demand following the success of FCAAP’s hit COVID-19 Forum Series, the Chapter is excited to launch its NEW FCAAP Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series! This 12-part webinar forum series for Florida-based pediatricians will feature a new 30-minute session on the first and third Thursday of each month centered around hot topics requested by FCAAP Members.

The series kicks off Thursday, July 2 at 12:30pm EST with FCAAP Secretary Dr. Toni Richards-Rowley discussing Bringing Patients Back to Your Office, including ways to educate parents about vaccinations before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Additional topics include Guidance for Schools Reopening with FCAAP School & Mental Health Task Force Co-Chairs Dr. Lisa Gwynn & Tommy Schechtman, Diversity & Inclusion and Racial Inequalities in Pediatrics with FCAAP D&I Task Force Co-Chairs Drs. Kennessa Hugger & Michael Maurer, AAP Works With You by AAP CEO/Executive Vice President Mark Del Monte, Disaster Preparedness for Pediatricians with FCAAP Disaster Preparedness Committee Co-Chairs Drs. Mavara Mirza & Tiffany Berkshire, Vaccine Confidence with Merck’s Southeast Regional Medical Director Dr. W. Michael Brown, Legislative and Advocacy Updates from FCAAP Lobbyist Doug Bell and FCAAP Secretary and Legislative Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Dr. Toni Richards-Rowley, Physicians and Gun Violence with Dr. Melanie Hagen, and upcoming topics to be announced! To view a complete list of dates, topics, and speakers, click here.

To register for the FCAAP Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series and receive event reminders, click here.

Thank you to the Exclusive Sponsor of the FCAAP Forum 2020 Series: PCC!

Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline is July 20

Below are important updates from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for Medicaid and CHIP providers.

Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline is July 20

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to eligible providers that participate in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. The payment will be approximately 2% of reported gross revenue from patient care. These funds are NOT first-come, first-served, so all eligible providers who apply can expect to receive funds, however, there is a deadline of July 20, 2020 to submit an application. If you are eligible for these funds, the Chapter encourages you to begin your application as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

To help simplify the process, AHCA has created this factsheet which outlines each step of the application process and contains links to detailed instructions, the application form, the application portal, terms & conditions, and FAQs.

We are collecting feedback on any barriers to applying for the Provider Relief Fund, common provider questions, and any other feedback that would help target future outreach efforts. Please take two minutes to complete this survey to give your feedback.

Medicaid Payment for Telehealth Services

There is currently no sunset date on the flexibilities implemented by AHCA during the COVID-19 pandemic related to Medicaid payments for telehealth services. These flexibilities will remain in place until further notice from AHCA. Click here for AHCA’s official Provider Alert issued 7.1.20. Click here to sign up to receive AHCA alerts.

To help eliminate confusion surrounding these flexibilities, please complete this survey to share your feedback on any trouble you have encountered in receiving Medicaid payments for telehealth services.

Supreme Court Rules DACA Cancellation Was Illegal

On Thursday, June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on the consolidated cases regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 5-4 ruling concludes that the Trump Administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act when terminating the program, and therefore the program remains in effect. The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice Roberts, will impact the lives of nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, many of whom are students, parents, and workers.

FCAAP leadership issued the following statement in support of the ruling: “The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is very excited to announce that the Supreme Court has supported DACA, stopping the Trump Administration from dismantling it. We signed onto the brief requesting this action because we believe that these children deserve a chance to live and thrive here in the United States. It is a great day for DACA citizens, and the FCAAP is grateful to the Supreme Court for this ruling.”

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) had filed an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases, alongside the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, FCAAP, and dozens more children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts. The brief was co-authored by Persyn Law & Policy and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. 

As the brief explains, society has a moral imperative to protect children from harm, and the Court must consider the consequences that rescinding DACA would have on the hundreds of thousands of young children whose parents rely on DACA for work authorization and protection from deportation. The brief states: “The imminent threat of losing DACA protection places children at risk of losing parental nurturance, as well as losing income, food security, housing, access to health care, educational opportunities, and the sense of safety and security that is the foundation of healthy child development.”

Click here to read the full CLASP release and amicus brief.