National Healthy Schools Roadmap
The AAP is among more than 25 health and education organizations that developed the National Healthy Schools Collaborative Ten-Year Roadmap. The aim of the roadmap is to create healthy schools that strengthen the mental, physical and social-emotional health of all employees and students.
Read more about opportunities on the federal, state and local levels at www.healthyschoolsroadmap.org.
COVID-19 vaccine toolkit
The AAP has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a toolkit to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and immunization rates.
COVID-19 vaccines now are authorized for children as young as 6 months. The toolkit can help pediatricians, family physicians and other medical professionals engage in thoughtful discussions with parents and families on the importance of immunization.
Developmental surveillance and screening resources
Recent interviews with pediatricians identified challenges and successes when implementing developmental surveillance, screening, referral and follow-up.
The AAP, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resources that can address challenges with developmental surveillance and screening. Resources include:
- PediaLink course Innovative Strategies for Improving Developmental Surveillance and Screening, https://bit.ly/3tZcgG2, and
- strategies nine pediatric practices used to continue delivery of developmental surveillance, screening, referral and follow-up during the COVID-19 pandemic, https://bit.ly/3NhXlgD.
Reducing cardiotoxicities in childhood cancer survivors
The AAP has joined with Children’s Cancer Cause and other partners in hosting a virtual meeting on Sept. 15 titled Reducing Cardiac Late Effects in Pediatric Cancer Survivors.
The conference is an opportunity for survivors and caregivers to educate representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academic researchers, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies about their personal experiences managing the impact of cardiotoxicities on daily living and long-term health.
The meeting aims to provoke discussion on new treatments for therapy-induced cardiotoxicity, research to develop less cardiotoxic drugs or multimodal approaches and strategies to reduce severity or prevent occurrence.
Visit www.childhoodcancerpfdd.org/cardiac-effects to register for the meeting.
AAP telehealth resources
The AAP has produced resources for pediatric health care providers and medical home teams related to implementing family-centered telehealth care. Resources include online learning modules, short videos, virtual office hour recordings, tip sheets and communication toolkits.
The resources are part of the Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care project, which was created with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Resources cover topics such as adolescent health care, behavioral/mental health care, caring for children and youths with special health care needs, caring for children and families in rural and other underserved populations, and health equity.
In addition, new health equity resources are available from AAP Telehealth Project. The resources include a virtual panel discussion, which explored ways in which pediatric clinicians can talk with their patients about the impact of racism on their health and well-being, and what it means to create a welcoming and equitable health care environment virtually and in-person. Case studies were developed to accompany the panel discussion, which provide opportunities to further consider and deepen the understanding of the themes discussed during the panel.
The health equity resources are available at https://bit.ly/3OlIGCF.
Virtual Global Health Education Course
Join a community of like-minded learners for the virtual Global Health Education Course on Sept. 17.
The course will prepare attendees to engage in global health work as an informed and thoughtful global citizen with a more standardized, ethical approach to global health work. Hear from leading experts about thought-provoking issues, including the changing landscape of pediatric global health, reflections on cultural shock and cultural humility, and tropical disease.
Recordings of sessions will be available several weeks after the course, including for those who did not participate in the live course event.
Register by Aug. 17 for early bird rates, https://bit.ly/3xOCI6h.