PA AAP Programs

Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Training (BEST)

Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Training (BEST)

Funded by PA Department of Health

This program targets education and resources on breastfeeding to practices in Southeast and Southwest PA. As an EPIC program, the focus is on promoting the initiation of breastfeeding and increasing the duration of exclusive breastfeeding for about the first 6 months of the infant's life. EPIC-BEST will address this goal by working with primary care practices on achieving the principles of a breastfeeding friendly office.

Director: Dottie Schell, RN
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Pediatric Advisor: Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP

Child Death Review (CDR)

Child Death Review (CDR)

Funded by the PA Departments of Health and Public Welfare.

PA CDR is a multidisciplinary program with the goal to prevent childhood injury and death. All 67 counties participate with CDR in local teams, which review the deaths of all children (birth through 21 years) in their county to determine what factors contributed to the child's death. Teams help to identify which prevention projects their counties need and then work with local organizations (e.g. SafeKids) to implement them.

Pediatric Advisor: Erich Batra, MD

Community Preparedness

Community Preparedness

Funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) with funds from Cooperative Agreement Number 2U90TP316967–11 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Community Preparedness: Ensuring the Health of Children during Disasters" is an exciting collaboration of the PA AAP with Drexel University and the PA Department of Health to develop emergency preparedness and the capacity to respond and recover from disasters among pediatric practices in Pennsylvania.

Consultant: Suzanne Yunghans, MGMgt
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Pediatric Advisor: Allison Horowitz, MD, FAAP

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS)

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS)

Funded by the PA Department of Public Welfare

ECELS provides health professional consultation, professional development, and technical assistance to improve early learning programs in Pennsylvania. ECELS services are available to the 9,000 regulated centers in PA, including centers, large and small family child care homes, Head Start, nursery schools and Pre-K Counts programs. ECELS develops and markets materials, conducts professional development workshops, maintains a statewide network of local Child Care Health Consultants, analyzes childcare-related health data, provides technical assistance to child care practitioners, and provides input to policy recommendations for a variety of agencies.

Director: Libby Ungvary, M. Ed.
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Pediatric Advisors: Susan Aronson, MD, FAAP | Beth Delconte, MD, FAAP

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

Funded by the PA Department of Health.

The objectives of EHDI are to complete screening by one month of age, diagnose any hearing loss by the age of three months, and assure linkage to treatment and early intervention by the age of six months. EHDI, in partnership with PA DOH, works with hospitals and primary care physicians to facilitate communications on newborns who do not pass their hearing screening. EHDI provides education and support, including a CME-accredited website module with resource listings, technical assistance, teleconferences, care plans and CME-accredited presentations.

Director: Lynn Hepp, MBA
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Pediatric Advisor: Robert Cicco, MD, FAAP

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children (HTHC)

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children (HTHC)

Funded by the DentaQuest Foundation.

EPIC-HTHC is a medical-dental partnership designed to improve early oral health care in children. The program will deliver in-office oral health risk assessment and fluoride varnish application training to clinicians. Also, HTHC is collaborating with early care and education programs to educate staff and families on the importance of dental care as a part of overall physical health of children. Offers technical assistance to practices and low literacy patient handouts. HTHC educational activities are free and provide CME/CEU credits.

Director: Bonnie Magliochetti, RN, RDH
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Director: Kristin Haegele Hill
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Pediatric Advisors: Thomas Maroon, MD, FAAP | Eve Kimball, MD, FAAP

Immunization Education Program (IEP)

Immunization Education Program (IEP)

Funded by PA Department of Health

EPIC®-IEP delivers offers in-office and webinar Immunization Updates for physicians and the entire practice staff, training on immunization techniques through Immunization Skills Workshops for medical assistants and others who wish to review or update their skills, webinars on immunization topics through the Chapter's "Let's Talk" series, and technical assistance on immunization issues. EPIC®IEP programs focus on physicians and the entire practice staff working as a team to stay up-to-date with recommended vaccine storage and handling, vaccine administration, and immunization schedules. Programs are free provided at no cost. Activities are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Infant Safe Sleep

Funded by CJ Foundation for SIDS and Cribs For Kids®

The goal of this project is to educate health care providers about the safe sleep message and stress the urgency of the message in specific high risk areas in Philadelphia where sleep related infant deaths are most likely to occur.

Program Director: Eileen Tyrala, MD
Senior Program Assistant: Iris Colon-Burchette
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Medical Home Initiative (MHI)

Medical Home Initiative (MHI)

Funded by US Dept of HHS Maternal Child Health Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

EPIC IC is a statewide provider education program using office based change as the key to improving the care provided to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). The mission of the program is to enhance the quality of life for children with special health care needs through recognition and support of families as the central caregivers for their child, effective community-based coordination and communication, and improved primary health care. EPIC IC has established a training program for primary care providers and their office staffs on how to create a medical home and over 60 practices statewide have already been trained in Medical Home concepts

Program Director: Susan DiGiorgio-Poll, MS
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Program Director: Salini Mohanty, MPH
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Pediatric Advisor: Renee Turchi, MD, MPH

PA Premie Network (PAPN)

PA Premie Network (PAPN)

Funded by Private Foundations

The Pennsylvania Premie Network (formally known as the Pennsylvania Premature Infant Health Network) exists to direct a spotlight on the unique issues premature infants and their families face including continuity of care, access to care and available resources. Specifically, the PA Premie Network does this through raising awareness, delivering education and promoting collaboration among stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania.

Director: Sharon DeJoy, MPH, PhD
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Director: Dottie Schell, RN
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Pediatric Advisors: Robert Cicco, MD, FAAP | Kim Costello, DO, FAAP

Pediatric Obesity

Pediatric Obesity

Funded by the PA Department of Health and other partners, which include the PA Academy of Family Physicians and the PA Dietetic Association.

Based upon the Educating Physicians In Their Communities (EPIC) model, the EPIC Pediatric Obesity program encourages primary care practices to work as a team to address obesity prevention and treatment in their practices and to be involved in obesity prevention efforts in their communities. EPIC Pediatric Obesity provides trained teams of a physician and a registered dietitian to meet with the physicians and the entire practice staff at pediatric and family medicine offices, and a variety of professional conferences, to provide free CME/CEU updates on current obesity prevention research and the American Academy of Pediatrics Expert Committee Recommendations on overweight and obesity.

Director: Amy Wishner, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
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Pediatric Advisors: Bill Cochran, MD | Mary Ann Rigas, MD, FAAP | Donna Antonucci, MD, FAAP

Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania (PCA PA)

Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania (PCA PA)

Funded by private donations, fundraising events and in-kind donations from the PA AAP.

Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania seeks to work in collaboration with a rich array of local and statewide efforts to develop an approach to child abuse prevention that is locally based and statewide in coverage. This work will focus on:

Public awareness of child abuse;
Public participation in prevention of child abuse;
Public policy and advocacy to promote prevention;
Utilization of evidence-based prevention programs for children, caregivers and parents.

Director: Teresa Olsen, M. Ed.
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Pediatric Advisor: Maria McColgan, MD, FAAP

Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN)

Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN)

Funded by the PA Department of Public Welfare.

SCAN is a statewide continuing medical education program that aims to increase the recognition and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. Target audiences include primary care physicians and their office staff, hospital personnel, Emergency Medical Service Providers and school nurses. SCAN presentations are free and conducted on-site by a practicing primary care physician and Children and Youth representative (child protective services system). SCAN also offers free child abuse prevention materials, including a laminated "crying card" with tips on calming a crying baby and a "crisis card" with tips for parents on reducing stress.

Director: Teresa Olsen, M. Ed.
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Pediatric Advisor: Allan DeJong, MD

Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP)

Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP)

Funded by the PA Department of Transportation.

TIPP staff provides technical assistance, audiovisual resources, materials, and training on all traffic safety issues affecting children and adolescents. Issues include child safety seats, seat belts, airbags, pedestrian, bicycle, and school bus safety, and teen driving. Information and assistance is provided to parents, healthcare providers, hospitals and law enforcement personnel.

Director: Angela Osterhuber, M. Ed.
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Pediatric Advisor: Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, FAAP