AAP to use federal Zika funds to create network of trained providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday it would award the Academy $350,000 to help prepare providers. The funds come on the heels of a $450,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Academy and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.



ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agrees with the interim recommendation today from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine should not be used in the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

The AAP recommends children ages 6 months and older be immunized against influenza every year. Previously, the CDC and AAP had recommended either form of flu vaccine – the inactivated influenza vaccine that is given by injection and is approved for all patients older than 6 months, or the live attenuated influenza vaccine that is given by intranasal spray, which is approved for healthy patients ages 2 through 49 years.

“We agree with ACIP’s decision today to recommend health care providers and parents use only the inactivated vaccine,” said Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP, President of the AAP. New data presented to the ACIP showed that currently only the inactivated influenza vaccine provides protection against flu. The ACIP assessed new data from the past three influenza seasons and cited evidence of poor effectiveness of the live attenuated influenza vaccine during this time period.

“We do understand this change will be difficult for pediatric practices who were planning to give the intranasal spray to their patients, and to patients who prefer that route of administration,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Director of the AAP. “However the science is compelling that the inactivated vaccine is the best way to protect children from what can be an unpredictable and dangerous virus. The AAP will be working with CDC and vaccine manufacturers to make sure pediatricians and families have access to appropriate vaccines, and to help pediatricians who have already ordered intranasal vaccines.”

“The AAP continues to strongly recommend parents immunize all children older than 6 months against influenza every year,” Dr. Dreyer said. “Flu vaccine is the best way we have to protect children, and being immunized every year significantly reduces the risk of a child being hospitalized due to flu.”

Alaska’s Cleft Lip Cleft Palate Clinic

The State of Alaska has sponsored the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinics for over 20 years. As the State of Alaska faces budget challenges, state employees have been assessing current services to determine the best use of limited resources. Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a health care organization in Anchorage that has been a partner with the clinics for many years, will assume the sponsorship and coordination of the clinics.

We are actively working with SCF on the transition to ensure the clinics resume providing services October 17­18, 2016. [There will also be a clinic December 5­-6.]

This transition comes with positive enhancements for families, including a designated clinic coordinator and nurse case manager to help families through the process. This team will also ensure that the recommended multidisciplinary treatment plan for the child will be implemented.

In addition, behavioral health services will be available for all families in the clinics. Finally, the State of Alaska will also continue to sponsor a family navigator to attend the clinics and assist in navigating the various necessary health systems. The clinics will continue to provide services to all families in Alaska, both Alaska Native and non­Native.
For new referrals, or to refer existing families, please use the contact information below.

Jeanette Akin―Manager
Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SCF 4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 729­6535
Fax: 729­2054

Mayquelle Buckley Administrator – Dental Southcentral Foundation 907­729­8860 or 907­9525417
Matt Hirschfeld, MD/PhD
Medical Director—Maternal Child Health Services Alaska Native Medical Center

Meg Kurtagh
Specialty Clinics Program Manager
State of Alaska, DHSS, DPH, WCFH”

Campaign for Dental Health Partnership


The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) is a network of local children’s and oral health advocates, health professionals, and scientists, who work together to raise public awareness about oral health, emphasizes prevention, and provides accurate science-based information about why community water fluoridation (CWF) is a safe and essential component of any community’s prevention efforts.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) coordinates the CDH and manages CDH Web site (www.ILikeMyTeeth.org) and related social media accounts. CDH partners are encouraged to post a link to the CDH Web site on their Web site, as well as follow the CDH social media channels.

  • Facebook – www.facebook.com/CampaignforDentalHealth
  • Twitter – www.twitter.com/ILikeMyTeeth
  • YouTube – www.youtube.com/LifeIsBetterWTeeth

As a CDH partner, organizations benefit from receiving monthly e-mail partner updates filled with useful news, resources, and information that can be shared with your constituents. The CDH offers periodic webinars for partners to update them about the activities of the CDH and inform them about important information and resources related to CWF.

The AAP recognizes the important and meaningful contributions that organizational partners of the CDH make to ensuring that the public receives accurate information about the benefits of prevention and CWF. Acknowledging the collaborative nature of the CDH, the AAP encourages partner organizations to regularly provide public resources and information that can be posted to the CDH Web site and/or included in other CDH communications with the purpose of accurately informing the public about oral health prevention and the benefits of CWF. Each organization has an equal opportunity to submit resources and information to be posted on the CDH Web site. The extent to which resources and information are posted to the Web site will be under the discretion of the AAP.

The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds today’s youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. Aided by smart policies and investments in prevention, a record number of teens are making positive choices. This year, the annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.

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Facebook Meningitis Awareness Campaign was a huge success!


American Academy of Pediatrics, Alaska Chapter seeks to increase awareness for Meningitis among pre-teens, teens and their parents in Alaska and increase the number of vaccinations for the disease. It seeks to leverage the power of social networks like Facebook to reach these teens and families.


• Increase vaccinations
• Increase awareness of meningitis

Online Marketing Goals

  • Use social media to amplify messages
  • Drive user engagement around the topic
  • Increase click-thrus to partner sites

Target Audiences

  • Pre-teens and teens aged 11 – 18 in Alaska
  • Parents of these teens


For the last month of the campaign, based on previous 3 months of data, we choose to focus just on Parents.Parents of pre-teens, teens and young adults (ages 11 – 20)

A series of Facebook ads were created using imagery to reflect the audience. The goal for each ad was to increase clicks to informative websites to help educate each audience about the disease and raise awareness of the vaccine protocol.

Results for May/June 2016

A total of 5 ads were created with new imagery reflecting more Alaskan looking families and activities, directing the audience to click over to the CDC Meningitis web page. These ads resulted in

  • REACH: these ads reached 24,352 in our target audience
  • FREQUENCY: these ads were shown on average 5.91 times to each adult
  • IMPRESSIONS (reach x frequency): total impressions for this audience was 143,980
  • CLICKS: 4,432 total clicks to the CDC Meningitis website
  • LIKES: 6 total likes spread over 4 different ads
  • SHARES: 5 total shares of the 4 ad posts
  • COST: total ad cost (4 ads) for May/June, $1250


This last campaign was directly on par with the previous 2 months with slightly higher impressions, frequency and click-thrus. We had significantly less engagement. Facebook placed this ad in different locations such as within Facebook apps and other 3rd party placement – which helped with overall impressions but didn’t generate as much engagement.


Throughout the course of this Facebook Campaign to raise awareness of meningitis in Alaska and to spur action in the form of more vaccines, we had a total return of

  • 133,287 people see the ads and read the message
  • 21,141 people click through to the websites to get more information on
  • Total cost of $11,000

Submitted by: Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, Thrively Digital Internet Strategist

Top 10 Resolutions from the ALF, March 2016

  1. Medicaid Parity for the Children of Puerto Rico and all US Territories
  2. AAP Policy Statement on Personal Belief ( Non medical) exemptions for immunizations
  3. Supporting Pediatricians who discharge families who refuse to immunize
  4. AAP support of Planned Parenthood’s and other providers mission to provide critical sexual health care services to adolescents
  5. Protecting the rights of children born to unauthorized immigrants in the US
  6. Protecting the well-being of all undocumented immigrant children detained by the US officials.
  7. Mandatory child resistant packaging for all marijuana (including edibles) sold in the states which have legalized recreational or medical marijuana
  8. AAP participation and advocacy for firearm arm safety research
  9. Creation of a Center for Physician and other Health Care provider resiliency
  10. Reducing the High Cost of epinephrine auto-injectors

Marijuana Legalization & Regulations

Alaska passed a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use in November 2014. ln February 2016, the state finalized its marijuana regulations. Among the notable provisions within the regulation to protect children:

  • Marijuana dispensaries may not be opened not be within 500 feet of a school, recreational facility, or a building where religious services are held.
  •  Sales of marijuana products to minors younger than 21 are prohibited. Minors cannot enter stores where marijuana is sold.
  • Marijuana must be sold in opaque, child-resistant packaging, which has been designed so that a 5-year-old cannot open the package.
  • Marijuana must be sold in packages that specifies the THC content of the marijuana and includes a wqrning label about the health risks of marijuana.
  • Marijuana pacliaging and advertisements cannot depict those younger than 21 consuming marijuana or use characters to appeal to those younger than 21.
  • Marijuana advertisements may not be placed within 1000 feet of a school, child care facility, playground, recreational facility, college campus, library, or bus shelters.
  • All marijuana packaging and advertising must include the warning “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”
  • Marijuana edibles cannot contain more than 5 mg of THC and packaging cannot contain any images that appeal to children younger than 21.