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Welcome to the homepage of New York Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP New York Chapter 1 represents pediatricians in the 50 counties of upstate New York. The  population in these counties consists of 6,286,792 residents (2000 census; 33% of the state population) with ~1020 pediatricians and pediatric specialists to serve the ~1,571,700 children and teens less than 19 years old, and 72,935 births in the Chapter each year.

October 10, 2017
There's still time to register for the REACH Mini-Fellowship in Child Mental Health for November 5-6 for Downstate PCPs (at Columbia) and December 1-2 for Upstate PCPs (at Syracuse).  Please note that there is no cost to PCPs! Thank you OMH!  Sign up HERE

October 10, 2017

The website www.understood.org represents the efforts of 15 nonprofit organizations that have joined forces to “support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey”. The website is full of down to earth, practical advice about a wide range of topics related to learning disabilities, ADHD, executive functioning and behavioral concerns. The site includes an online parent support section that allows for geographic matching to “find parents who share your interests and concerns”.


July 10, 2017

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds (BFGR) is a free, annual webcast sponsored by the University at Albany School of Public Health in partnership with the New York State Department of Health that is available to an international audience. The program draws upon the expertise and experiences of health professionals working in the breastfeeding field, to increase the viewer’s knowledge and enhance breastfeeding practices. The 2017 BFGR will focus on specific strategies health care providers can use to help change cultural norms to encourage breastfeeding in the United States (U.S.).

The social context in which a mother gives birth and cares for her child affects whether she initiates and continues breastfeeding. Scholarly and popular literature describes breastfeeding as both a biological and social practice. Health professionals have critically examined the ways biosocial factors shape breastfeeding practices among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the U.S. This BFGR will demonstrate how U.S. social values influence breastfeeding practices among mothers from different racial-ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Presenters will describe strategies that have worked to change cultural norms and societal values in ways that positively affect breastfeeding rates among different U.S. groups.

“Breastfeeding Grand Rounds: The Impact of Social and Cultural Values on Breastfeeding Practices and Strategies to Address Disparities” will air on August 3rd, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. This webcast is intended for healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals, and will offer CME, CNE, CHES, LCERP or general continuing education credits. For more information, and to register, please visit http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/bfgr.shtml.



January 24, 2017

CDC approves 2-dose HPV vaccine schedule for adolescents who initiate the series prior to the 15th birthday.

January 11, 2017
Webinar
 - Mumps: A Primer for Providers, Wed., Jan. 11, 2017. Dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, will cover a variety of topics related to mumps including: pathogenesis and clinical features, transmission, laboratory testing, required reporting, vaccine recommendations, control measures, recent mumps cases and outbreaks seen in both the US and NYS and the use of a 3rd MMR in outbreak settings. Registration is limited. See flyer for info.

January 10, 2017

AAP Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines
In response to news reports today suggesting a possible new federal commission on immunizations, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterates that vaccines protect children's health and save lives. They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time.

Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.

January 5, 2017
AAP Offers Tips for Parents in New Monthly PSAs

The AAP is launching a series of monthly public service announcements to help parents with the task of raising kids. Pediatricians offer warm, practical advice for some of the most common challenges parents face: 

·         How can I get my baby to sleep?

·         How much screen time is healthy for my teenager?

·         We are so busy! What’s a quick way to connect with my kids?

Each PSA is 30 seconds in length and is hosted by a pediatrician. A series of 12 PSAs will be offered for the calendar year 2017. You can preview and download the spots from our multimedia site http://dnr.vnr1.com/2016/11/22/AAP_1Qtr2017_PSAs/

The featured PSA for January is "Healthy Media Use for Kids." For more information, contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs at commun@aap.org or 847-434-7877.



October 24, 2016
The University at Albany School of Public Health and New York State Department of Health have begun a new Fellowship in Applied Public Health (FAPH) for board-certified physicians interested in careers in public health. See flyer.

July 5, 2016


July 5, 2016
LAIV is not recommended for 2016-2017 Flu Season. Many practices have already ordered influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 season. If you are interested in canceling your order(S) for LAIV, contact your vaccine distributor. See chart for helpful info.


ZIKA VIRUS
February 8, 2016
Infants and Zika Virus - Q&As for Pediatric Healthcare Providers

January 27, 2016
Healthy Advisory from NYSDOH re: Zika Virus

January 27, 2016
CDC releases
 Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak 
February 3, 2016
2016 ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules, Age 0 through 18
Summary of changes in schedule from 2015 to 2016.

November 23, 2015

NYSDOH has issued an informational notice re: interval changes for post-vaccination serologic testing of infants born to Hepatitis B-infected mothers. 


July 17, 2015


Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please. This CDC brochure for parents explains the difference between bacteria and viruses, what antibiotics are, and how bacteria become resistant. It also answers FAQs about when a child does or does not need an antibiotic.
Video Resources for Sexual Abuse

The Connect To Protect Tampa Bay coalition recently developed a video on sexual abuse. Its broad target audience includes anyone who works with children.  The video is about ten minutes long, and overviews the epidemiology, signs/symptoms, and reporting of abuse.  Please feel free to use this at your discretion. We do request that if you use it, please contact Rachel Stuart @ rstewar2@health.usf.edu as we can record it for the grant.

Video link:  http://c2p.health.usf.edu

Regards,

Diane M. Straub, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of South Florida

 
Immunization Videos

  

 
Distracted Driving Toolkit









With support from the Allstate Foundation, The American Academy of Pediatrics NYS Chapter 1 has developed a toolkit that can be shared to warn about the dangers of texting while driving.

The kit includes:

  • sobering facts about the rate and impact of distracted driving
  • NYS texting and driving laws
  • parent-teen driving contracts
  • cell phone app aimed at curbing texting while driving

    Click here to download materials.
 
 

Gerald Lauria, MD (left) and Joseph Domachowske, MD (right) on a recent mission trip to El Salvador. Dr. Domachowske ran a clinic in the community of Rancho Grande. This was the 11th mission trip for Dr. Domachowske over the past nine years. Dr. Lauria was caring for patients in Los Naranjos, a region of San Vincent.

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