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AAP - California Statewide Advocacy Update- February 2012


With a new year comes new laws concerning pediatrics. These bills may have a direct impact on your patients and their families, and generate questions from them during office visits.


Please see the attached document for a detailed review of the new legislation.




Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children with Special Health Care Needs Conference

March 12, 2012


The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, LA

See flyer for details 


Town Hall Meeting: Diagnosis & Treatment of Precocious Puberty with Dr. Norman Lavin, Pediatric Endocrinologist

March 26, 2012

6:30 PM

Tierra Sur Restaurant at the Herzog Wine Cellar- Oxnard, CA

See flyer for details 


LA-HPAC Media Training

March 30, 2012


Children's Hospital LA, Saban Auditorium

AAP-CA Legislative Day 

April 17, 2012

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

The Sacramento Convention Center

Please visit  for more information



May 3rd-6th, 2012- 

 AAP-CA2's Advance in Pediatrics Las Vegas Seminar

 See flyer for details


Check out our new website on Wild Apricot!  


AAP-CA2 wants YOU to help us test out our new and improved website with added features. It is still under construction, but please click through the site and give us your feedback! 
A Members-Only section will be added, exclusively for Chapter Members.




Fit to Play & Learn launched in LAUSD!


AAP-CA2 is partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Nurses Act to Prevent Obesity (SNAPO) to champion a childhood obesity prevention program,
Fit to Play & Learn. The brand new program will teach low-income 4th and 5th graders and their parents ways to integrate healthy food, healthy drinks choices, and physical activities into their daily lives.


We are currently taking donations to fund this program. Thank you for your support!

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American Academy of Pediatrics, California - Chapter 2           February 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Dr.   ,


It is not too early to start planning your spring activities. Join us in Sacramento in April for Legislative Day, and come to Las Vegas in May for our 23rd Annual Advances in Pediatrics CME meeting. 
One thing you will not have to plan for is the annual onslaught of PPD readings for school entry-at least not in Los Angeles County. See the article below for a change in the LA County Department of Public Health policy on TB testing. 
On the Advocacy front, LA-HPAC is offering free Media Training on March 30, 2012, at CHLA. 
We are hoping to open a 'Members Only' section on our website in the next few months. We will send out an email with instructions on how to log in as soon as we are ready for you. In the meantime, you can visit the 'public' website now at: .



Laura Mabie, MD, FAAP
AAP - California, Chapter 2


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New Tuberculosis Screening Policy

 in Los Angeles County



The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is changing its recommendations regarding universal TB testing.  Beginning July 1, 2012, DPH will be promoting a universal screening, targeted TB testing policy to help identify and test those at elevated risk of TB.  Quoting from Dr. Fielding's letter to County Supervisors:


"Over the next six months, the DPH TB Control Program will work with schools, providers and relevant stakeholders to emphasize the need for an importance of the first grade school entry physical exam requirement. Extensive efforts will be made to ensure that physicians have access to and are acquainted with screening, testing, and follow-up recommendations. The TB Control Program plans to engage in comprehensive outreach to providers in the form of presentations, newsletter article publications, and website postings.


This evidence-based approach is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other health organizations. It will prevent unnecessary testing in thousands of children who falsely test positive for TB infection from receiving treatment regimens that may hard the liver. Finally, this approach allows DPH to focus its efforts on interventions better suited for finding cases and reducing infection rates."

We will keep you apprised of outreach opportunities in your areas.

 LA-HPAC Media Training 


Mark Bernheimer, Founder

MediaWorksResource Group


LA-HPAC Media Training Camera  

  • Learn how to convey your message using the media 
  • Learn how to create key media points and sound bites 
  • Test your communication skills with on-camera drillls
  • Personalized on-camera critique for selected volunteers

When: Friday, March 30, 2012


Where: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

     Saban Auditorium

     4661 Sunset Boulevard
     Los Angeles, CA 90027


RSVP: Kelly Clancy at or (323) 361-5742 


New Autism Resource for 
Our Northern Counties
UC Santa Barbara has a new resource for Autism Research and Treatments. Overseen by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, the Koegel Autism Center seeks to increase our understanding of autism spectrum disorders, the development and implementation of state-of-the-art pivotal response treatments, as well as the improvement of elementary and secondary education efforts for children with autism and other severe disabilities.


The Koegel Autism Center focuses on research for  the development of delivery systems through families, schools, non-disabled peers, and others who provide support for children with autism in educational settings. In addition, the Center provides training at the undergraduate, graduate, and paraprofessional levels for "state-of-the-art" intervention techniques.
Please visit the Koegel Autism Center's Website for more detailed information about this resource.

 Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children with Special Health Care Needs Conference
March 12, 2012
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, LA

Presented by The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Partnership for Special Needs Children. 


Session topics include: Nutrition Assessments, How to Engage Patients & Families, and Teaching Kitchens.


Conference fee is $25. This includes 7.5 CME
and/or CEU credits, Breakfast, and Lunch.


See brochure for details and registration

Advances in Pediatrics
Las Vegas Seminar  
May 3rd - 6th, 2012 
Please join us May 3-6, 2012, at the Paris Hotel and Casino for a fun and educational meeting.  Register online at:  

American Academy of Pediatrics | Box 527, 4067 Hardwick Street | Lakewood | CA | 90712